Salvation Is from the Jews

Christianity and Judaism in Theological Perspective and Dialogue

Information and Readings for Auditors

Course Syllabus

Class Sessions

We will meet in Larkin 340 on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm for discussion of each week’s topics and readings. The course starts on Wednesday 14 September and runs to Wednesday 7 December.
Please note that in week 3 (28 September) and week 10 (23 November) there are no classes. Those formally auditing (with Quercus course portal logins) may continue to participate in the online discussion forums for those weeks.

Required Texts

The following book should be acquired for this course as it will be read nearly in its entirety. It is readily and inexpensively available for purchase (including as an ebook), or to borrow from good libraries. A copy will also be placed on reserve at Trinity College Library.

  • Levine, Amy-Jill. The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2007.

Students may also wish to acquire the following book which will be useful for the short exegetical paper (if you wish to do that assignment). A copy will also be placed on reserve at Trinity College Library.

  • Brettler, Marc Zvi, and Amy-Jill Levine. The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2020.

All other required readings, whether chapters from books or articles, are available online and will be posted below.

Course Readings (Why Three Lists?)

The readings for each week are divided into three lists:

A List Readings: These are the required readings for the course. It is essential that you prepare these carefully ahead of each class discussion. You can meet all the course expectations by focusing only on these texts.

B List Readings: These recommended further or extended readings are provided to give you additional background materials for the topics of each week. You are invited to read these to explore the themes in more depth, and to choose and draw upon them for your final literature review assignment (if you choose to submit one). They may be referred to in passing in class discussions, but they will not be dwelt upon as not everyone will have read them.

C List Readings: These readings, often full books or volumes of articles, are given for those who are interested in pursuing the subject matter to a higher level, in their own time, or perhaps in future research or at an advanced degree level. They will not form part of our class discussions, though they can also be used for your literature review.

Week 1 (Course Introduction) Topics and Readings

  • The Lord’s prayer as a quintessential Jewish prayer
  • Course methodology, values, and expectations
  • Christianity and anti-Judaism – defining the problem

A List Readings


B List Readings


C List Readings

  • Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism, Sol Golberg, Scott Ury and Kalman Weiser, eds.

Week 2 (Jesus the Jew) Topics and Readings

  • Jesus, the faithful, Torah-observant Jew
  • Jesus as Jewish teacher with Jewish disciples
  • Jesus, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Zealots in the Synoptic Gospels
  • Galileans and Judaeans in the Gospel of John
  • Jewish feasts and themes in the structure and proclamation of the gospel of Jesus

A List Readings

  • “Jesus and Judaism,” chapter 1 of The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine
  • “Jesus Kept Kosher,” chapter 3 of The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ by Daniel Boyarin

B List Readings


C List Readings

  • Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity, by Paula Fredriksen

Week 3 (The Religion of the Apostles: Narrative Theologies of Second Temple Judaism) Topics and Readings

  • Apostles of the messiah
  • Messianic age and expectation – in the texts of the Old Testament (Hebrew and expanded Septuagint canon), pseudepigrapha, and the traditions and writings of the eventual Talmud
  • Symbolic theology of Second Temple Judaism – language of incarnation and spirit
  • Divine council and spiritual powers
  • Creation and new creation
  • God’s people Israel and the nations
  • Covenantal nomism

A List Readings


B List Readings


C List Readings

  • The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought, Benjamin E. Reynolds and Loren T. Stuckenbruck, eds.
  • The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other, by Peter Schäfer