Messiah in the Hebrew Bible

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3 Academic Credit Hours (October 6 – December 15, 2021, ZOOM)

Messiah in the Hebrew Bible

Course will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays, 4 – 7 PM GMT+3 (Israel Time)

This course looks at some of the key passages in the Hebrew Bible upon which are based the New Testament claims that Jesus is the promised Messiah. Each passage will be examined in the context of the Jewish polemical arguments against the Messianic interpretation, with careful attention to the meaning of the passage in its literary and macrostructural context. Inner-biblical interpretation in support of the Messianic interpretation is considered in those cases where allusions to the specific passage elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible are present.

Course Goals

This course is designed to enable students to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To study Messianic prophecies in dialogue with the Jewish community
  2. To acquire the basic skills of a compositional, text-centered exegetical approach to the study of Scripture and its application to Messianic prophecy
  3. To develop an awareness of the Old Testament’s use of the Old Testament and its apologetic value in defending the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament

Learning Outcome

  1. To grow in the assurance that the OT authors predicated the coming of the Messiah, and that the New Testament authors correctly identified that Messiah as Jesus
  2. To acquire exegetical skills for preaching and defending the gospel to the Jewish people from the Old Testament
  3. To acquire a desire to carefully study the Hebrew Scriptures as a testimony to the Messiahship of Jesus

Course Structure

This course is designed to enable students to achieve the following objectives

This class will meet once a week by ZOOM, with interactive lectures and heated discussions.  All together there will be 10 three hour (with breaks) Live zoom lectures. Recordings will be available to registered students.

Course Topics

  • Jewish-Christian Polemics, Rashi’s Peshat, and Genesis 3:15 as a Test Case
  • A Text-Centered Compositional Approach to the Scriptures, and Genesis 3:15 as a Test Case
  • OT Use of the OT and Its Importance for Messianic Prophecy, and Genesis 3:15 as a Test Case
  • Numbers 24:7-9: Israel, David, or the Messiah?
  • Isaiah 53: Israel or the Messiah? (PART 1)
  • Isaiah 53: Israel or the Messiah? (PART 2)
  • Psalm 2: David or the Messiah?
  • A Divine Messiah? A Compositional Approach to Psalm 45
  • The Son of Man: Israel or the Messiah

Instructor: Dr. Seth Postell

Dr. Seth Postell

Dr. Seth Postell is the academic dean of Israel College of the Bible in Netanya Israel and has a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible with an emphasis on the Pentateuch. He has authored a number of publications, including Adam as Israel (2011), Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus (2017), several articles in The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy and translated the Book of Genesis for the Tree of Life Version of the Bible (2019). He also serves as a lay leader of a multi-ethnic congregation in the city of Petah Tikvah, Israel.

Course at a Glance

  • Course will be held via Zoom
  • Wednesdays, 4 – 7 PM GMT+3 (Israel Time)
  • Language: English

Required Textbooks

Students who sign up for academic credit hours will need to purchase for the course (optional if the course is taken for personal enrichment):

All but one are available in Kindle version on amazon.com. Other course materials will be posted free on the course website.

No prerequisites required – all are welcome!

Course Fees

  • For Personal Enrichment – $249 USD
  • For Academic Credit  – $750 USD
  • For Academic Credit – DTS Students – $450 USD

*These fees do not include required textbooks

**Payment is non-refundable

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