JUC Online Spring 2021 Courses

Online Course Offerings

JUC Online courses will begin during the first week of February and finish the first week of May. For the majority of courses, there will be no class sessions during the week of Passover (March 29-April 2). For more information about the spring semester dates click here.

Each course is listed below with the course description and pricing information. Follow the links for more details. Note that auditors are required to purchase course textbooks, complete the assigned course readings, and attend the live class sessions.

The time of each course is listed in Jerusalem Time. The Eastern Standard Time equivalent, which is seven hours behind Jerusalem Time, is given in parenthesis. 

Physical Settings of the Bible

Instructor: Chandler Collins

Time offered:
Section 1 - Tuesdays 19:00-21:30 JT (12:00pm-2:30pm EST) 
Section 2 - Fridays 15:00-17:30 JT (8:00am-10:30am EST) 

Credit Hours: 4

Cost: $2460 credit; $600 audit
*Additional textbook fees apply (cost: $110, students outside the US pay an additional $50 in shipping fees)

A study of the land of the Bible and its 29 natural subregions, stressing the geographical factors affecting settlement, travel, communication, and history in each region. We will explore the physical geography of each region including its geology, topography, major sites, roads, and weather patterns. We will discuss the relevant archaeological, historical, and biblical material, but the main focus of the class will be physical geography. Readings, preparatory map study, and lectures provide the background for virtual field studies where we will explore geography, pertinent texts, and archaeology on site. Virtual field studies will bring students to nearly every corner of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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 a potential field study, for an additional fee, to Jordan from 8-13 May if the travel restrictions allow for it. The field study will not be required. 

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)
Section 2 - Thursdays 16:30-19:00 JT (9:30am-12pm EST)

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 

Historical and Social Settings of Modern Israel

Instructor: Jon Kaplan

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

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1845 credit; $450 audit

An examination of historical, social, and political aspects of contemporary Israeli society, including the ideologies and groups that have played a major role in the formation of Israeli society. Emphasis is placed on social and political issues which are at the center of current debate in the country.

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Sociology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary History

Jewish Roots of Christian Worship and Liturgy

Instructor: Brittany McCay

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

A continuation of Biblical Hebrew I. Not available for audit.

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

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. Not available for audit.

Prerequisites: 3 semesters of Biblical Hebrew

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • Hebrew 

Affiliate Course Offerings

This course is offered only to alumni of JUC's graduate programs (graduate study abroad, Graduate Certificate, or Master of Arts Degree program).

Theology and Religion of Ancient Israel

*Offered in conjunction with Denver Seminary

Instructor: Richard S. Hess

Credit Hours: 3

Cost: $1875 (for credit only)

This course includes three components: (1) Discover significant issues and achievements of recent scholarly endeavor in Old Testament study; (2) consider the history of the discipline and read the most influential theologies of the Old Testament – how have modern believers understood their faith in the Old Testament and its relationship to the New Testament?; and (3) examine the actual beliefs and practices of ancient Israel using archaeological and textual evidence – how did the ancient people of God live out their faith in the contexts of other religions and cultures? Special attention is given to Old Testament teachings on gender and the global mission of God. Offered online with Denver Seminary. This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:   

  • History 
  • Theology 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

JUC Online is our unique virtual learning 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 20 January 2021. All accepted applicants may register for courses through 25 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 to 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 long-term program. Only students who are accepted into a long-term 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. Once you are enrolled, our team will also send you orientation guidelines about how to use your virtual learning software 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. 

Application Closed

The JUC Online application is now closed. Courses begin the first week of February.

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