JUC Online Spring 2021 Courses

Online Course Offerings

Each course is listed below with the course description. Follow the links for more details.

Note that the time of each course is listed in Jerusalem time, which is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 

These courses will begin the week of February 1 and end the week of May 7. For more information about the spring semester dates click here.

Physical Settings of the Bible

Instructor: Chandler Collins

Time offered:
Section 1 - Tuesdays 19:00-21:30 JT (11:00am-2:30pm EST) for credit students only
Section 2 - Fridays 15:00-17:30 JT (8:00am-10:30pm EST) for audit students only

Credit Hours: 4

Cost: $2460 credit; $600 audit

A study of the physical features of the land of the Bible, stressing geographical factors affecting settlement and communication in the various regions.  Readings, preparatory map study, and lectures provide background for field studies.  Relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material is correlated with sites, roads, and features in each region, but the main emphasis of the course is geography.  Regions studied and visited include Galilee, the Golan Heights, Judah, the Negev, the Shephelah, the Jordan and Jezreel Valleys, Benjamin, the Sharon Plain, Philistia, and, in Jordan, Upper and Lower Gilead, the Medaba Plateau, Ammon, Moab, and Edom.  

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Bible 
  • Archaeology 

Cultural Background of the Bible

Instructor: Oliver Hersey

Time offered: Mondays & Wednesdays 15:00-16:15 JT (8:00am-9:15am EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

An introduction to various social, cultural, and religious aspects of life in biblical times in order to provide focal points to help understand biblical customs more accurately. Includes potential field study to Jordan from 8-13 May. 

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Cultural anthropology 
  • Socio-cultural studies 
  • History 
  • Bible 

The Parables of Jesus and Rabbinic Meshalim

Instructor: Moshe Silbershein

Time offered:
Section 1 - Wednesdays 16:30-19:00 JT 9:30am-12pm EST) for credit students only
Section 2 - Thursdays 16:30-19:00 JT (9:30am-12pm EST) for audit students only

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

An analysis of the genre of parables within the social, cultural, literary, and religious context of Rabbinic Judaism.  This course emphasizes the context of Jesus’ parables by comparing them to the Rabbinic Meshalim (parables).   

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Classical Rabbinic Literature 
  • Bible 
  • New Testament Studies - Gospels 

History of the Second Temple Period and Early Christianity

Instructor: Yigal Levin

Time offered: Mondays 19:00-21:30 JT (12:00pm-2:30pm EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

A study of the historical, cultural, and religious development of the Jewish nation in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, together with the first-century Jewish background of early Christianity. 

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • History 
  • Bible 
  • Early Judaism 

Islamic Thought and Practice

Instructor: Daphna Sharef-Davidovich

Time offered: Tuesdays 15:00-17:30 JT (8:00am-10:30am EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

A study of trends in Islamic thought as they developed in the Middle Ages and exist today, including aspects of the Koran, theology, law, political thought, mysticism, and modern religious and nationalist movements. 

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Islam 
  • Comparative Religion 
  • Middle East History 

Jewish Roots of Christian Liturgy

Instructor: TBD

Time offered: Thursdays 19:15-21:45 JT (12:15pm-2:45pm EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

A study of the influence of Jewish liturgy on the development of Christian worship, liturgy and hymnody in the early Church. 

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • History 
  • Theology 
  • Music 

Hermeneutics of Old Testament Texts in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Instructor: Petra Heldt

Time offered: Mondays and Wednesdays 15:00-16:15 JT (8:00am-9:15am EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

A comparative study of hermeneutical methods for reading the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in early Jewish and Christian tradition. 

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • History 
  • Theology 

Biblical Hebrew II

Instructor: Eldon Clem

Time offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays 15:00-17:00 JT (8:00am-10:00am EST)

Credit Hours: 4

Cost: $2460 credit; $600 audit

A continuation of Biblical Hebrew I. Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew I. 

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Hebrew 

Readings in Hebrew Poetic Texts

Instructor: Eldon Clem

Time offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays 17:15-18:45 JT (10:15am-11:45am EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

A literary, textual and exegetical study of biblical Hebrew Poetic texts that are significant for the study of historical geography.  This course seeks to integrate the physical reality of the land of the Bible with the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Prerequisites: 3 semesters of Biblical Hebrew

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Hebrew 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

JUC online is our unique online platform with courses designed to enrich your understanding of the context of the biblical world and the modern Middle East. All students enrolling for credit must have successfully completed a minimum of one semester of undergraduate studies at an accredited college, university, or seminary. In addition to submitting a JUC application, for-credit students must submit their most recent transcripts. If students currently attend an associated school or are JUC alumni, the transcript requirement may be waived.

The deadline to apply for JUC Online is 15 January 2021, and payment is due on 20 January 2021.

Yes! You can take as many courses as you would like.

There are no scholarships available for JUC Online. However, the application fee is waived, and we allow anyone enroll in JUC Online courses for audit at the cost of only $450 per three credit course ($150/ per credit hour).

To apply your JUC Online class toward a JUC degree, you will need to apply and be accepted into a JUC degree program. Only students who are accepted into a JUC program will be eligible to use credit from their JUC Online course toward a degree.

Yes, we offer technical assistance through our North American office that operates from 9:00am-5:00pm EST. We will also send an orientation video about how to use Microsoft Teams before classes begin.

No! All regular JUC programs in Jerusalem will proceed as scheduled when Israel re-opens their borders to foreign students and tourists. 

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Our JUC Online application will open in November.

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