THE JEWISH NEW TESTAMENT
April 16 - May 7, 2015
Thursdays, 4 weekly sessions
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Instructor: Rebecca Moore
The New Testament has been called a “midrash” on the Christian Old Testament, the Jewish Tanach. But what does that mean exactly? It is clear that a number of New Testament authors were themselves Jewish and saw themselves as writing for a Jewish, rather than Gentile, audience. They presupposed a knowledge of scripture, customs, and beliefs that would be mainly unknown to non-Jews.
This four-week course looks at three unique texts in the New Testament in order to gain an understanding of how the followers of Jesus were interpreting sacred texts and traditions in order to explain who Jesus was—to themselves and to others.
Week 1 Introduction to the New Testament: history, composition, language, structure, and canonization
Week 2 The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus as the new Moses and the Messiah prophesied in scripture
Week 3 The Book of Hebrews: A mysterious book that interprets Jesus as the High Priest, but not of the Temple, of the Tabernacle of Moses
Week 4 Revelation: A midrash on Ezekiel promising the heavenly Jerusalem descending to earth, with God dwelling amidst God’s people
A copy of the New Oxford Annotated Bible would be very helpful to have, but any New Testament will do.
Price: $75; JCC Member Price $60
Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154