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Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, student should be able to:

  • Da'at (Theoria): demonstrate knowledge of the historical timeline of Israel as a people and as a nation.
  • Binah (Praxis): understand the significance of Israel as the am segulah (treasured people) of Hashem and see His hand in their history.
  • Chokhma (Poiesis): apply the lessons their history has to teach to the student's own halakha, learning from both the errors and the shining moments in Hashem's people Israel's 4,000-year history.

Required Textbooks

  • Wood, Leon J. Survey of Israel's History. Revised & Expanded Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1986 (orig. 1970).

    Nota bene: This is an older work, but it has proven to be a highly readable and classic study of the subject. Attempts to find a more recent alternative lead to revisionist histories and liberal stances that run counter to MJR's stance on the reliable historicity of the Bible. In much of academia, the standard 10-year book rule makes sense, but in studying the history of a nation-state, using books that came before the interference of revisionism makes more sense.


The tools used in MJR's courses were selected because they hold particular value in communicating the concepts being studied in a given course. Some may not be specifically targeted to a Messianic audience, but may still contain information that would be advantageous to the Messianic talmid/ah. Others may reflect in places terminology that has fallen into disuse, but does not diminish the value of the information conveyed. As with everything that is not the Bible itself, read them with discernment.

We do not expect students to agree with everything presented in any course, whether via lecture, assigned reading, or video presentation. As participants in higher education, students enrolled in MJR's courses and/or programs should be practicing critical thinking and discernment every step of the journey. To that end, your faculty recites this blessing along with each of you:

.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיווְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei Torah.

Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to study the words of Torah.

NOTA BENE: While it is the general practice and preference of MJR to use circumlocutions in place of the Covenant Name of our G-d (Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, Elokim, Adoshem, etc.), some course materials (e.g. textbooks, linked websites, journal articles, etc.) may not always do this.

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