This course will introduce you to Jesus and the Apostle Paul as Jewish theologians.
The Church was birthed by Jesus the Jew. His Jewish and Gentile followers were rooted in Judaism and a Jewish understanding of God’s relationship to his people. Within this perspective, this course offers four modules:
- Jesus of Nazareth’s life in the Jewish context through the lens of the infancy narratives and Jesus’ parables
- Paul of Tarsus with his Jewish upbringing and learning as reflected in his handling of the Jewish Scriptures in his letters
- Jerusalem in the Jewish context as the background for a better appreciation of Jerusalem in the Gospel narratives.
- the Jewish roots within Christianity as they particularly stand out in archaeology and early Jewish and Christian Art.
Those who wish to better understand Jesus’ life in its Jewish context and correct any misunderstandings about him and his world.
|The Beginnings of Christianity within First Century Judaism||2 ECTS|
|Paul handles the Jewish Scriptures||2 ECTS|
|Jews and Christians Reading the Passion Narratives||2 ECTS|
|Early Jewish and Christian archaeology and art||2 ECTS|
- Twenty-three lectures on Thursdays between 18:00 and 20:00 (2 hours)
- Module 1 and 3 will be held online, through ZOOM.
Modules are self-standing and prospective applicants can apply for any one or more module(s) according to their preference.
Module 1 – The Beginnings of Christianity within First Century Judaism
Lecturer: Sisters of Sion & Jonathan Gorsky
|October 2021||28th (Thursdays)|
|November 2021||4th, 11th, 18th, 25th (Thursdays)|
|December 2021||2nd, 9th|
|Christmas Recess from||19th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022|
Module 2 – Paul handles the Jewish Scriptures
Lecturer: Fr Paul Sciberras
|January 2022||13th, 20th, 27th (Thursdays)|
|February 2022||3rd, 17th, 24th (Thursdays)|
|Public Holiday||10th February 2022|
|Carnival Recess from||Thursday 24th to Tuesday 1st March 2022|
Module 3 – Jews and Christians Reading the Passion Narratives
Lecturer/s: Sisters of Sion & Jonathan Gorsky
|March 2022||10th, 17th, 24th (Thursday)|
|April 2022||7th, 28th (Thursday)|
|May 2022||5th, 12th (Thursday)|
|Easter Recess||11th to 24th April 2022|
|Study Period||Thursday 27th February to 26th March.|
Module 4 – Early Jewish and Christian archaeology and art
|May 2022||19th, 26th (Thursday)|
|June 2022||2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (Thursday)|
Assessment: Written assignment or reflection paper for every module
Final Award: The Jewish Roots of Christianity; Jesus & Paul, Jewish Theologians
Duration: 1 year part-time (112 hours)
Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course
* To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 70% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment
Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.