About the IMJ Series
The IMJ (Introduction to Messianic Judaism) Series of courses is a free series of mini-courses offered to the general public as a service to the Messianic Jewish community. These courses each consist of six lesson modules (compared to 12 in our full-length courses) and are designed to be self-paced information stores. Each module concludes with a 5-question quiz over the presented material which is set up to give immediate "right answer" feedback after each question. Our full-length courses are a bit different in that the courses involve more direct interaction with the professor(s) than these mini-courses do. Also, with these mini-courses all of the course content is provided free on-board, so there is no expense to the student at all (whereas full-length courses generally have required textbooks). We hope you enjoy the material, and we invite any feedback you have to offer us.
IMJ-099 Course Developers
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.