Courses at ICB


Israel College of the Bible

Courses offered Fall Semester

Course
Description
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Modern Hebrew Immersion (Ulpan):
3 academic credits.
This program is designed to teach the student to speak/read/write Hebrew through immersion classes. Students interested in pursuing degrees in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew will particularly benefit from an entire year of Modern Hebrew immersion.
Old Testament Backgrounds:
3 academic credits.
The course gives an overview of the history, traditions, customs and religion of Israel and the surrounding nations during the period of the Old Testament, with a focus on both shared and unique elements found in Israelite society. Through lectures, readings and field trips the student will build an historical framework and gain an understanding of selected aspects of government, society, economics and cult in the Ancient Near East.
The Jewish Jesus of the Gospels:
3 academic credits.
This course will survey the life and message of Yeshua (Jesus). It will highlight the importance of the Jewish Roots of the faith, and respond to the arguments against the historical accuracy of the Gospel accounts. It will ultimately demonstrate that the best way to "find" Yeshua is in the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
A Biblical Theology of Israel:
3 academic credits.
This course considers the role and importance of Israel in the redemptive plan of God in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament. The student will gain a thorough knowledge of God’s purposes in the election of the patriarchs, and how this choice is rooted in the restoration of the fallen creation. We will also consider Israel’s calling with respect to the nations, past, present and future as well as Israel’s place and calling within the context of the Great Commission. This course serves as a crucial supplement to other courses in Biblical Theology as well as Missions.
Biblical Geography:
3 academic credits.
This course will familiarize the student with the geography of the Land of Israel as it relates to the events of the Bible, through lectures and fieldtrips. In this course, the student will learn the major geographic regions and features of the Land of Israel, be able to place historical and biblical events in geographic context, and visit the sites of biblical events in order gain a thorough knowledge of the topography of the area and the archaeological remains from the biblical period.

Israel College of the Bible Spring Semester

Courses offered Spring Semester

Course
Description
  Please contact us for more information
Modern Hebrew Immersion (Ulpan):
3 academic credits.
This program is designed to teach the student to speak/read/write Hebrew through immersion classes. Students interested in pursuing degrees in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew will particularly benefit from an entire year of Modern Hebrew immersion.
New Testament Backgrounds:
3 academic credits.
This course is an introduction to the social, political, religious and cultural world of the Second Temple Period and the backgrounds of the New Testament. Through lectures, readings and field trips the students will examine selected issues that provide context for the study of the life of Jesus and the early church. Some of the topics addressed are Temple, Sanhedrin and Synagogue, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Religions and Philosophies, Jewish Sects, early Rabbinic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Jewish-Christian Relations:
3 academic credits.
The original followers of Jesus were all Jewish. But, as the message spread around the world it became less Jewish, non-Jewish, and eventually anti-Jewish. This course will examine the development of both Judaism and Christianity, and how their interaction with one another influenced their respective beliefs and practices throughout history. It will include issues such as "Christian" anti-Semitism, theological polemics and modern attempts at dialogue.
History of Jewish Believers in Jesus:
3 academic credits.
In this course, we consider the importance of Jewish believers in Jesus and their contribution to the Body of Messiah throughout church history. Though their history is fairly unknown, Romans 11:6 makes it clear there existence is crucial. According this verse, there must always be a remnant of Jewish believers in the church until the time when “all Israel is saved” (Romans 11:26) as proof that God has not forsakenthe people of Israel. This course, therefore, serves as a crucial supplement to church history as is commonly taught in Bible colleges and seminaries.
Biblical Archeology:
3 academic credits.
The course combines lectures, site visits and participation in field excavations to introduce the student to the archaeology of the Land of the Bible. The students will gain a knowledge of the history of excavations in Israel and approaches to archaeology during various periods, they will become familiar with key excavations in Israel that have deepened our understanding of the world of the Bible, they will acquire an understanding of the current key issues in biblical-period archaeology in Israel, and become acquainted with contemporary excavation methodology and techniques.
Spoken Arabic:
2 academic credits (elective).
This course focuses on the basics of modern spoken Arabic. In this course, the student will learn basic grammar and learn how to conduct simple conversations. This course is contingent on a minimum enrollment of international students.