Loving Jewish Neighbors Seminar for Christians

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Loving Jewish Neighbors Seminar for Christians

A transformational seminar for Christians building bridges of understanding and respect between Christians and Jews for the glory of God

By Abrahamic Alliance International University

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LOVING JEWISH NEIGHBORS is a seminar for Christians who want to understand and honor Jewish neighbors. It navigates through a maze of conficting information and stereotypes, then equips Christians with biblical solutions to challenges that have vexed Jewish-Christian relations for over two-thousand years.

This graduate-level seminar is taught by one of Christianty’s preeminent scholars of Judaism, and designed for grassroots Christians without formal theological training. All will be informed, challenged and inspired.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Marvin R. Wilson NIV Bible translator and acclaimed author of Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith (made into an award-winning PBS documentary), Dr. Wilson is currently Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College. About his most recent book Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage, the Jewish intellectual Prof. Susannah Heschel, daughter of the legendary Jewish theologian, Abraham Joshua Heschel, writes,


“For two thousand years, we have longed for a Christian scholar of Judaism as sensitive and knowledgeable as Marvin Wilson, and his work fulfills our hopes. Insightful and deeply learned, this book is a remarkable example of a Christian theology that affirms Judaism with respect and appreciation.” —Prof. Susannah Heschel


Attend Loving Jewish Neighbors and discover

Part I: Understanding Jews

  • What Jews really believe about God, Jesus and Christians
  • Jewish sensitivities every Christian should know 
  • Expressions of Christian faith that Jews appreciate most
  • Changes and developments in Judaism since Bible times
  • The parting of ways: Why church and synagogue split
  • The de-Judaization of Christianity
  • When Christians visit the synagogue
  • Jewish holy days and festivals
  • Keys to Jewish ethics, philosophy and biblical wholism

Part II: Responding to Jews

  • Learning through Jewish dialogue
  • Supercessionism and Noachide Law
  • Lessons from the Holocaust
  • Anti-semitism and the church
  • Seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land
  • Christian views on modern Israel that scare Jews
  • Impasse and opportunity in responding to theological difference
  • Creeds and deeds
  • Tikkun olam 

Part III: Studying Scripture with Jews

  • Authoritative sources in Jewish study
  • Relevancy of the Torah for Christians 
  • Jewish vs. Christian interpretive methods
  • Guidelines for understanding prophetic literature
  • Reading Isaiah together
  • Paradox and polarity in Biblical revelation
  • Navigating through difference
  • The nature of Hebrew prophecy
  • Abraham as a model for peacemaking


Accessible, Flexible, Online

  •  Attend anytime anywhere.
  •  Watch on any computer, tablet, smart phone, or TV with your home Bible study group.*
  •  Recorded before a live audience at Saratoga Federated Church, California.
  •  21 sessions uniquely suited for individual or small group study.
  •  Average session length: 47 minutes. 

What experts are saying about Dr. Marvin Wilson...


"Wilson has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Christians of all kinds to reform a two-thousand year-old history of misunderstanding Jews and misinterpreting our own sources."

—CARL E. ARMERDING, Regent College

"As a historical religion, Christianity must own its Jewish origins and live up to the best of that heritage. Marvin Wilson, a pioneer in Christian-Jewish relations, makes a compelling argument for renewing Christian faith by recovering our Hebraic heritage. If only there were more like him, we would have a healthier church."

—DAVID NEFF, former editor-in-chief of Christianity Today


"For too long discussion of the Jewishness of Jesus has remained academic. Few scholars have had the interest or the ability to unfold the practical meaning of the Gospel's Jewish roots for today's church. Wilson has finally filled that void. And the result is simply revolutionary. For the first time someone has given the person in the pew an understanding of just what the Jewishness of Jesus means for everyday life."

Jerusalem Perspective


"Wilson's goal is to show the Jewish roots of Christianity and of Jesus... and improve interfaith understanding. He succeeds brilliantly."

Jewish Advocate


"Wilson breaks new ground in furthering positive Christian-Jewish relations. His superb scholarship is combined with many concrete suggestions for building a new relationship between the church in the synagogue, between Christians and Jews."

—RABBI A. JAMES RUDIN, The American Jewish Committee


 "[Wilson has given us] a distinctive exposition of what it means for today's church to be part of Abraham's spiritual family..."

—DANIEL J. HARRINGTON, SJ,  Journal of Religion

* Seminar video can be streamed to any flatscreen TV configured to display web content via Chromecast or AppleTV via AirPlay. AAi member churches can also project introductory seminar videos to a large screen for congregational viewing.

About the organizer

 Abrahamic Alliance International is a charitable non-profit organization uniting Jews, Christians, and Muslims for poverty relief and active peacebuilding.