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Christianity’s Hebraic Heritage Part 2: Theology, Ethics, & Community

100 Level — Marvin R. Wilson, Ph.D.

Course 112 features lectures by Marvin R. Wilson, Ph.D., the Harold J. Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College and author of the best-selling book Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith.

This is the second part of a two-part series aiming to help Christians better understand the Hebraic heritage or Jewish roots of our faith, especially in relation to the beliefs and practices of our Jewish neighbors. Part 2 discusses the theological foundations of our Hebraic heritage, and Jewish teachings on personal expressions of godliness. In addition, it shows how Jewish festivals and holy days teach lessons on history and faith, and discusses wisdom from Jewish tradition concerning social and community life.

In this two-part series, Part 2 (course 112) focuses on “Theology, Ethics, and Community,” whereas Part 1 (course 111) focuses on “Understanding Jews and Judaism.” This course provides an opportunity to view 44 lectures (each 30-40 minutes long) by Dr. Wilson on “Christianity’s Hebraic Heritage.”

While the requirements for 112 have been designed for academic credit for undergraduates, a graduate-level version of this course is also available (512), as is the opportunity to view this course’s video lectures for personal development (without academic credit).

Required texts for 112 (for academic credit) include six chapters of Marvin R. Wilson’s Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith and two other textbooks: Emil Fackenheim’s What Is Judaism? An Interpretation for the Present Age, and Esther Jungreis’ The Committed Life: Principles for Good Living from Our Timeless Past.

In addition, its assignments include the award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof (available separately on DVD). Course requirements further include successful completion of sixteen online tests concerning the readings and videos.

Should you have any questions concerning this course, please feel free to contact its tutor, Robert W. Bleakney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, at