Master of Divinity (Messianic Jewish Studies)
Director: Gary Manning, Ph.D.
The mission of the Master of Divinity degree program is to equip servant leaders for making disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for the leading of the church.
Messianic Jewish Studies Specialization Mission
Provides training and preparation for a variety of professional ministries that serve the Jewish community in roles such as Messianic congregational leader, outreach coordinator, missions worker, or educator. Includes opportunities for specialized study of the Bible and theological reflection with a focus on aspects of Jewish studies. Enrollment in specialization courses is limited to students admitted to Messianic Jewish Studies specialization. This specialization is only offered through the Charles Feinberg Center in New York.
The Master of Divinity curriculum at Talbot School of Theology is designed to foster the purpose for which the seminary was established — education for the propagation of the faith. This purpose entails an accurate knowledge of the Word of God — the source of faith and the effective means of its communication. The course of study is therefore designed around these two basic foci.
Believing firmly that God in love and grace has provided an answer for the needs of the world in Jesus Christ, and that this Jesus is the Christ of the Scriptures, Talbot emphasizes a knowledge of the content of the Word of God. In order that the Word may be known and expounded accurately and authoritatively, matters of biblical background, including the languages of the Old and New Testaments, are studied. Sound principles of literary interpretation are also explored as a basis for the interpretation of the Scriptures. On the basis of such interpretation there comes systematic study so as to organize various parts of the Word into theological categories.
Since the faith of today does not stand alone but is rooted in past centuries during which God has preserved and instructed His people, cognizance of this heritage is taken in a study of the history of the Church and its doctrine. Previous interaction between faith and the world provides a basis for understanding modern times.
It is the seminary's aim that this knowledge of the faith first grip the life of the student and then motivate the student to share it with the world. In accord with this latter aim instruction is given in vital areas of ministry and communication. From the preparation and delivery of sermons to individual involvement in counseling, the curriculum is designed to provide instruction that will facilitate propagation of the faith in the various fields of God's call. Opportunity is also given for the development of ministry skills as principles are applied in the context of ministry in the Church.
With recognition that the Great Commission commands the Church to go into the world to minister to all peoples, the cross-currents of modern thought are considered relevant to the preparation of God's minister. Throughout the course of instruction, interaction is provided with various perspectives for the purpose of inculcating their contributions and understanding their divergences. All the while they are measured by the pattern of the Word.
Talbot's program focuses on the entire person and is meant to contribute to personal spiritual formation as well as cognitive awareness and the development of ministry skills. The curriculum is structured to develop sustainable habits that can be continued in life and ministry after graduation. The various components of the curriculum are designed to complement one another and to reinforce basic principles to which students have been exposed in other parts of their seminary program. A goal of the program is to equip students to think biblically and to respond appropriately to the variety of challenges of life and ministry.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Divinity, students will be able to:
- Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments (ULO 1).
- Exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics (ULO 3).
- Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
- Explain the basic elements of Spiritual Theology, namely, the nature, process, and practices of spiritual growth (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate how knowledge of self integrates with knowledge of God in one's own life (ULO 2).
- Demonstrate relational skills that develop community (ULO 3).
- Articulate how the biblical teaching on vocation shapes one's own understanding of vocation and gainful employment (ULO 1, 2, 3).
- Prepare and present sermons demonstrating biblical accuracy, oral clarity and contemporary relevance (ULO 3).
- Students will demonstrate ministry skills in areas such as evangelism, administration, teaching, counseling, and worship (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Messianic Jewish Studies Specialization Learning Outcomes
As a result of this program the student will:
- Master the Hebrew language.
- Incorporate an understanding of Rabbinic thought and Old Testament Law in course studies and discipleship.
- Employ knowledge of Jewish culture and values effectively in diverse ministry situations.
- Develop skills of ministry specifically appropriate for the Jewish community.
- Describe the significance of modern Israel within the Jewish community.
International Student Admission Requirement
International applicants must demonstrate a TOEFL score of 100 iBT to gain admission into the Feinberg M.Div. program.
|Students enrolling in the Messianic Jewish Studies specialization will take the following program courses:|
|TTBE 517||Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods||3|
|TTBE 519||Old Testament Survey||3|
|TTBE 520||New Testament Survey||3|
|TTHT 505||Patristic and Medieval Theology||3|
|or TTHT 506||Reformation and Modern Theology|
|or TTHT 514||Historical Theology Survey|
|TTNT 501||Beginning Greek I||3|
|TTNT 502||Beginning Greek II||3|
|TTNT 503||Introduction to Exegesis||3|
|TTNT 604||Exegesis in the Gospels||3|
|or TTNT 605||Exegesis in the Epistles|
|TTOT 603||Elements of Hebrew I||3|
|TTOT 604||Elements of Hebrew II||3|
|TTOT 607||Hebrew Exegesis I – Torah||3|
|TTOT 608||Hebrew Exegesis II – Neviim and Ketuvim||3|
|TTOT 613||Rabbinic Literature–Readings in Mishnah and Talmud||3|
|TTPT 591||Introduction to Field Education||1|
|TTPT 609||Expository Preaching||3|
|TTSF 501||Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation||2|
|TTSF 503||Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation||2|
|TTTH 521||Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation||3|
|TTTH 522||Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation||3|
|TTTH 623||Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things||3|
|Messianic Jewish Studies Specialization Courses|
|TTHT 604||Jewish History||3|
|TTPT 510||Evangelism and Follow-Up||3|
|TTPT 592||Field Education II||0|
|TTPT 602||Pastoral Ministry||3|
|TTPT 610||Contemporary Biblical Preaching||3|
|TTPT 691||Field Education III||0|
|TTPT 692||Field Education IV||0|
|TTPT 723||Integration in Jewish Studies||2|
|TTPT 791||Field Internship||0|
|TTPT 792||Field Internship||0|
|TTTH 620||Rabbinic Theology||3|
|TTTH 622||Theology of the Siddur||3|