Phylacteries, Purim, the Diaspora, kosher food and more. The story of the Jewish people is rich in symbol, texture, celebration, and ritual. But what does it all mean?
Ask these questions and more at Judaism 101, a twelve-week course covering a broad spectrum of topics related to the Jewish people–their history, culture, religious thinking, and connection to the Land of Israel. This study is an excellent introduction to the uniqueness of the world’s fourteen to fifteen million Jews, while providing insights leading to a greater sensitivity in outreach to Jewish friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers. Some of the exciting topics we’ll study include:
- The Jewish concept of “fixing what’s broken” in the world and thoughts of the after-life
- The Twelve Tribes and modern Jewish identity
- The Jewish view of life after death
- Key events leading up to the birth of the modern state of Israel and Israel’s national anthem
- The impact of the Crusades on Jewish evangelism
- Nine reasons to be Pro-Israel
- Jews and the American Revolution
- The importance of fringes, sidecurls, and untrimmed beards to the Orthodox Jewish male
- The connection between a rebuilt synagogue in Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple
- Judaism, assurance of forgiveness, and salvation
Throughout the summer, we’ll be joined by special guest teacher Roger Wambold, General Director of Hebrew Christian Fellowship. An alumnus of Philadelphia Biblical University, Grace College (B.A. ’71), and Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div. ’74), Roger has had an interest in Jewish evangelism since college days. Roger and Phyllis celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary in 2008 and have three married sons and six grandchildren.
Roger will be team teaching with Grace Church’s Joe Schloegel, longtime Bible and theology professor at Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College).