Jesus was a Jew. Paul was a Jew. Peter was a Jew. Judaism, its culture, politics, and religion, shape the background of the New Testament. Many of the controversies and conversations we encounter in the New Testament concern the way Jesus and His apostles confront the Judaism of their time. This class will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this vital background to the New Testament. Students will come away with a grasp of the religio-cultural setting in which the New Testament texts were written, which will provide a window into the past by not only looking at the history of Judaism in the time of Jesus, but also examining the way this history shapes our understanding and impact of the New Testament. By reading important primary and secondary texts we will dive into topics ranging from politics, religion, purity, sectarianism, identity and others. The ultimate goal will be to apply these insights to topics in biblical studies and systematic theology. THIS COURSE WILL BE MEETING DURING READING WEEK AND WILL NOT CONFLICT WITH ANY OTHER COURSES. Please contact the Registrar for assistance with registration.