The History of Christianity is a two-term course spanning the approximately two thousand-year history of Christianity in its many forms. This type of course is frequently called “Church History.” However, for reasons that we will discuss in the course itself, we have chosen to refer to it by the name “The History of Christianity.” In the first term we will cover the first century through the prelude to the Reformation in Europe. In the second term we will examine the history from the time of the Reformation to our present day. During this course, we will pay particular attention to the relationship between Christianity in Europe and the Jewish people with whom it came into contact.
Textbooks: Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, Revised and Updated (HarperCollins, 2010).
Instructor: Ariel Berkowitz, M.Div
Ariel received his B.S. from West Chester State University and Philadelphia Biblical University, and his M.Div from the Biblical Theological Seminary. He has been an adjunct professor with IBEX (Israel Bible Exchange program) since 1995. His area of specialty is Tanach Studies with a special love for Tanach History, Biblical Geography, Studies in Torah and the Prophets. He specializes in the role of Biblical History and Geography. Ariel is also an instructor with Torah Resources International. He taught both full and part time at Israel College of Bible from 1992-2006. Ariel and his wife D’vorah have four children and seven grandchildren.