REL4210 Intro to Modern Jewish Thought

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O’Brien

Course Description:

Explores various responses to the question, what is Jewish in modern Jewish thought? Through select readings, reflection, writing and discussion students will be introduced to the diversity of contemporary Jewish religious ritual, tradition and practice, philosophy (ethics in particular), art and aesthetics, social issues, thought, and the space in which Jewishness is located and expressed in Western culture. Learning experiences will prepare missional Christians to understand and appreciate Jewish thought and practice and to meaningfully engage, interact and dialogue with Jewish persons.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In our contemporary spiritual and religious marketplace it has been observed that there is not one but many Judaisms and that modern Jewish thought is diverse, often embraces pluralism, and can be difficult to define. Jewish thought can be religious, or cultural, or ethno-centric, or ethical/moral and values-based, or simply defined by what it is not (highly inclusive and tolerant of almost any philosophy except the claims of Jesus). This course equips students to engage our contemporary Jewish context with the claims of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that are respectful and understanding of the range of modern Jewish identities and culture.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course familiarizes learners with the range of thought in modern Jewish social situations.