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Etz H'Chayim

Institute

Studying with Etz H’Chayim will be both exciting and challenging.  It is our deepest desire to ensure a qualitative program as you endeavor to learn about God’s rich word and world.

As an educational avenue, the program will ensure proper training and knowledge of being a disciple of the gospel.  The program will provide a Judeo-Christian educational learning environment for training in leadership and interpersonal relations utilizing the human resources within the community.  Offering quality instruction, the overall goal will provide opportunities for Judeo-Christian service and ministry modeling biblical behaviors, values, morals and ethics creating higher order and critical thinking skills for problem solving. 

Etz H’Chayim Institution is committed to teaching written, oral, artistic, and self-expression skills and the appreciation of Scripture.  It is in creating awareness of varying world views and Judeo-Christian expressions that the program will build the foundation to your theological biblical belief.  The coursework is designed to assist students in becoming aware of environmental, social, political, and stewardship in religious studies.

We look forward to your personal commitment and growth as you undergo the challenges of expanding your sincerest desire to learn.  We are fully persuaded that the diligent person finds a real relationship with God.  We also believe that in this seeking, you will fulfill your purpose as God’s elected. 

Coming

Spring/Fall 2020

ECI COURSE CATALOG

Course Name: Introduction to the Old Testament - OT

  • Course Description:  This course is designed to introduce the Old Testament historically, contextually with some relevancy to today. It will examine chronology, background, genre and the narrative structure. It will also observe the matters of authority, text, and canonization. The Old Testament provides its readers with a history of the people of Israel and a picture of Israel’s relationship with God.

 

Course Name: Introduction to the Torah - TOR

  • Course Description: Through this course, you will be introduced to the author of Torah; learn the structure, teachings and the study of Torah.  Since Torah is mainly God’s communication to people on all aspects of human life, we will explore the treasures that are contained within.

 

Course Name: Introduction to the Tanakh - TNK

  • Course Description:  This course examines the Tanakh as the story of the Jewish people and as the foundation of Jewish thought, life and traditions. This may include examining the diverse writings as literary products of their original social and historical contexts. The course covers early Jewish history focusing on the role of the Jewish people in the canonical narrative.

 

Course Name: Introduction to the New Testament - NT

  • Course Description:  In this high-level overview of the New Testament, students will review select passages from each book and explore their historical, cultural and referential context to build a foundation for further study.  Independent (re) reading of the New Testament is expected and encouraged during the course.

 

Course Name: Introduction to the Prophetic Books - NEV

  • Course Description:  This course will deal with the Major and Minor Prophets and their teachings. Critical issues such as dating, disputed authorship, etc. will also be covered.

 

Course Name: Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels - SYNG

  • Course Description:  This course will take a comprehensive examination of the three Gospels, including the Synoptic Issue. The book of Acts may also be covered as an extension to Luke’s account.

 

Course Name: Introduction to Manners and Customs of the Bible – MACU (OT)

  • Course Description: This course is an introduction to the vast customs represented during the time of the Bible.  Topics will include, but not be limited to different trades, occupations, family structures, marriage ceremony and burial rituals, different religious, political and social secs, agriculture, education, class structures based on the nations at that time.

 

Course Name: Introduction to Manners and Customs of the Bible – MACU (NT)

  • Course Description: This course is an introduction to the vast customs represented during the time of the Bible.  Topics will include, but not be limited to different trades, occupations, family structures, marriage ceremony and burial rituals, different religious, political and social secs, agriculture, education, class structures based on the nations at that time.

 

Course Name: Introduction to Hermeneutics - HER

  • Course Description: Learn basic schools of thought concerning scriptural interpretation to aid in the study of the Bible.  Students will have the opportunity to practice introductory methodologies through the analysis of selected scripture and walk away with the tools and discipline necessary to enhance their personal study.

 

Course Name: Introduction to Messianic Jewish Theology - MESJT

  • Course Description:  Messianic Jewish Theology differs from Christian Theology.  But how? The course will discuss the hermeneutic approach to the Bible by looking at the first believer “Avraham” to the last believer “Yourself.”   It is an introduction to Mosaic Torah, The Prophets, The Writings, the Gospels, Acts and all the epistles.  It will emphasis Messianic Jewish Theology thought of covenant, salvation, Israel, the church and the kingdom of God.

 

Course Name: God & Messiah - THEO

  • Course Description:  This course will be in-depth study of theology of God and the theology of Messiah. By examining the object of theological study (God) it will consider the existential issues in the nature of theology study and how the term and person of Messiah have shaped Judaism and how God and Messiah have developed Christian doctrines of revelation, God, humanity, and sin.

 

Course Name: Early Messianic Jewish Community - EMJC

  • Course Description:  This course explores the early Messianic Jewish faith, practice, and experience in first century Judea. The course will explore the first believers of Yeshua post resurrection and the life as a Messianic Jew, focusing on the tensions between Jewish and non-Jewish believers, the problem of anti-Jewishness in Roman culture, and the writings of anti-Jewish churchmen. Course participants will be exposed to the rise and downfall of non-Pauline/pre-Pauline Messianic Jewish communities and how, over time, the movement became un-Jewish, non-Jewish, and then anti–Jewish.

 

Course Name: Introduction to Jewish History - JEWH

  • Course Description:  This course examines how God is involved throughout all of human history, even up to the present day. The Hebrews, children of Israel and eventually the Jews will be examined as a people group, focusing on their distinctive attributes as a people called by God to be unique among all the nations of the earth. The course will also present an overview of Jewish history, revolt, exile, and return to the land. The relationship of the various Jewish sects – the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots and Nazarenes – will be presented, along with an explanation of the historical formation of Rabbinic Judaism. The Talmud, Mishnah, and Gemara will be discussed.  Additionally, the roots of anti-Semitism will be explored, with a focus on the rise of Christianity and its split with Messianic Judaism.