The Life of Yeshua
from a Messianic Jewish Perspective, Part Two: From the Beginning of His Public Ministry to the National Rejection of His Messiahship and His Journey to Jerusalem in Preparation for the Feasts of Tabernacles
Taught by Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Ph.D.
This is the second course in the sequence of four courses examining the life of Yeshua the Messiah from a Messianic Jewish perspective. This course opens with the beginning of Yeshua’s public ministry. It analyzes the role His miracles were to play as signs to Israel – to bring the Jewish people to the point of decision about His Messianic claims and proclamations. The work moves on the dealing with Yeshua’s authority over, conflict with, and repudiation of Pharisaic Judaism, which led to the rejection of His Messiahship. This course concludes with Yeshua’s journey to Jerusalem in preparation for the Feasts of Tabernacles.
- Level: Associate’s
- Discipline: The B’rit HaDasha – N.T. Biblical Studies
- Course Code: BHD 102
- Prerequisites Recommended: BHD 101
- Instructor: Dr. Fruchtenbaum
- Video Segments: 25
- Course Cost: $99 (excluding textbooks)
Richard & Carol Storm dedicate this course to our beloved grandfather, Ervin Gilbert Singer, a Messianic Jew who loved the LORD his GOD with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Thank you, Grandpa Singer, for your godly example you gave to us to follow.
The video above is the first video segment for this course; there are 25 video segments for this course and they vary in length.
Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
B.A. Cedarville College
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D. New York University
Dr. Fruchtenbaum is the Founding Director of Ariel Ministries. He is a world-class Bible scholar and authority on Messianic Jewish Theology and Biblical Studies. He also has been a prolific author and in-demand Bible teacher and conference speaker in the United States, Canada, India, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, and many other nations.
Course Learning Objectives*
After completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Explain insights related to the exposition of John 1:35-2:11 including: the meaning of the “third day,” the general view of miracles in rabbinic literature, features of the Jewish wedding system, wine and new wine, and features of rabbinic discipleship in Jewish society
- Explain key insights related to the first possession of the Temple in John 2:13-22, including: the four passages in John which mention four Passover feasts, the number of Jewish pilgrims in Jerusalem at Passover, and a description of the construction of Herod’s Temple
- Articulate the purpose of the public and authenticating miracles of Yeshua during the first half of His ministry
- Provide sound theological and background exposition of Yeshua’s response to the woman at the well, including her sin, rabbinical views on speaking to women, and principles of evangelism drawn from this encounter
- Explain what was unique about the claims of Messiahship by Yeshua and his followers as well as the basic content of His message
- Demonstrate an understanding of Demonology in Rabbinic Judaism
- List the stages of Sanhedrin-led investigations into messianic claims, and describe how each stage works
- Identify the concept of kal v’chomer, and explain how it applies to the actions and teaching of Yeshua
- Explain the conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees related to the Sabbath and identify ways in which the Church has misconstrued the Sabbath
- Identity key insights pertaining to the choosing of the twelve apostles
- Identify what the Sermon on the Mount was as a unit
- List the five points Yeshua made in His evaluation of Yochanan, Yeshua’s herald
- Evaluate your own level of commitment to discipleship
- Understand the distinction between the unpardonable sin and all others
- Describe what changes were made in Yeshua’s ministry, and the purpose of these changes, as a result of the unpardonable sin.
- Name the three results of The Bread of Life Discourse
- Understand the significance the Jewish leaders of Yeshua’s day placed upon the Mishnah.
- Identify the five theological implications indicated in the transfiguration
*Note: These are just some of the Learning Objectives. There are Learning Objectives for each Segment of this course.
- Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective – Volume 2 by Arnold Fruchtenbaum [Note – Be sure to get the full, unabridged edition of this book, NOT the abridged edition]
- Ariel’s Harmony of the Gospels by Arnold Fruchtenbaum
*Note: Textbooks can be ordered directly through Ariel Ministries; feel free to purchase an electronic copy or hard copy of the books. Again be sure you get the correct editions for textbooks for our online courses. We are NOT using the abridged edition of the Yeshua book for these courses on the Life of Yeshua.
Recommended Supplementary Books*
Optional books, articles, and other resources are listed within the course itself. In each Segment you will see headings called “Optional Reading.” Please review these as you progress through the course.
This course is comprised of six Unit Exams. Each Unit Exam is to be completed after the required reading and assignments in the preceding Segments. Unit Exams are open-note, open-book, and open-Bible. The exams are based on multiple-choice, true-false, and fill-in-the-blank type of questions. The exams are on the website as well, graded automatically. Take as long as you need to complete the exams and exams can be taken as many times as needed.
Each Segment has a section called “Spiritual Growth: Implications and Applications Assignments.” Assignments vary from segment to segment. Sometimes there will be journal assignments, other times there may be Bible memory passages, other times written prayers, or additional reading. Some of these assignments are optional, that means that it is recommended but not required. However, some of the assignments are required. If so, this will be stated in the assignment for that Segment.
When a written assignment is required, such as a journal or prayer, students must complete these, but they are not turned-in for grading or credit. We expect students to complete these assignments, using the honor system. For student journal assignments you can use a Word doc on your computer or a handwritten journal or notebook; whichever you prefer is fine (again these will not be collected, turned-in or graded). However, when there is a Bible memory passage that is assigned and also required, then the Bible memory passage will be included in the Unit Exam. Bible memory verses for this course are based on the NASB (1995) version of the Bible; per Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s instructions. He uses the ASV in teaching but requested that the NASB be used for the Bible memory passages for this course.
The number of questions vary; some Unit Exams have 25 questions (e.g Unit Exam #1) and some have 60 questions (Unit Exam #7). Grades on Unit Exams are calculated into percentages (100% = perfect score), regardless of the number of questions on an exam. The final grade is automatically calculated, also using percentages, based on all of the combined totals from all ten Unit Exams.
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Unit 1: The Authentication of the King: Acceptance of His Person [§28-37]
Segment 1 Introduction, §28: The Belief by the First Disciples, §29: Belief Through the First Miracle, and §30:The Sojourn in Capernaum
Segment 2 §31: The First Possession of the Temple
Segment 3 §32-33: Acceptance in Judea
Segment 4 §34: Yochanan’s Witness §35: Yochanan’s Imprisonment §36: Acceptance in Samaria §37: The acceptance in Galilee
- Segment 1 Introduction, §28: The Belief by the First Disciples, §29: Belief Through the First Miracle, and §30:The Sojourn in Capernaum
- Segment 2 §31: The First Possession of the Temple
- Segment 3 §32-33: Acceptance in Judea
- Segment 4 §34: Yochanan’s Witness §35: Yochanan’s Imprisonment §36: Acceptance in Samaria §37: The acceptance in Galilee
Unit 2: The Authentication of the King: The Authority of the King - Part One (list 1-9) [§38-46]
Segment 5 §38: Messiah’s Authority to Preach, §39: The Messiah’s Authority to Heal, – §40: The Initial Rejection in Nazareth
Segment 6 §41: The Headquarters in Capernaum §42: Messiah’s Authority over Demons §43: Messiah’s Authority over Disease
Segment 7 §44: Messiah’s Authority to Preach, §45: Messiah’s Authority over Nature, §46: Messiah’s Authority over Defilement
- Segment 5 §38: Messiah’s Authority to Preach, §39: The Messiah’s Authority to Heal, – §40: The Initial Rejection in Nazareth
- Segment 6 §41: The Headquarters in Capernaum §42: Messiah’s Authority over Demons §43: Messiah’s Authority over Disease
- Segment 7 §44: Messiah’s Authority to Preach, §45: Messiah’s Authority over Nature, §46: Messiah’s Authority over Defilement
Unit 3 The Authentication of the King: The Authority of the King - Part Two (list 10-15) [§47-54]
Segment 8 §47: The Messiah’s Authority to Forgive Sin, §48: Messiah’s Authority over Men, §49: Messiah’s Authority over Tradition
Segment 9 §50: Messiah’s Authority over the Sabbath: Part One (a-e)
Segment 10 §51-52: Messiah’s Authority over the Sabbath: Part Two (f and g), §53: Messiah’s Authority to Heal §54: The Choosing of the Twelve
- Segment 8 §47: The Messiah’s Authority to Forgive Sin, §48: Messiah’s Authority over Men, §49: Messiah’s Authority over Tradition
- Segment 9 §50: Messiah’s Authority over the Sabbath: Part One (a-e)
- Segment 10 §51-52: Messiah’s Authority over the Sabbath: Part Two (f and g), §53: Messiah’s Authority to Heal §54: The Choosing of the Twelve