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BA in Jewish Studies


When you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute, you will be equipped with all the necessary tools to serve effectively among the Jewish people. You’ll receive a well-rounded Jewish studies education that encompasses the Hebrew language, Jewish history, rabbinic literature, and contemporary Jewish literature and culture. Learn to focus on the Hebrew Bible’s foundation of faith and develop practical skills that prepare you to serve in a Jewish ministry anywhere in the world.

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Your Jewish Studies Experience

As you study, you'll:

  • Learn the biblical Jewish roots to faith in the Messiah Jesus
  • Examine the customs, traditions, history, thought, and literature of the Jewish people from biblical times to contemporary eras
  • Gain a biblical theology of the Jewish people and understand God’s choice of Israel and the nation’s special role in God’s plan
  • Develop the theories and skills necessary for contemporary service in the Jewish community
  • Present the good news of Jesus the Messiah in a culturally sensitive way
  • Put what you’re learning into practice at your PCM and during your internship

Meet your Jewish Studies professors

Learn from faculty such as Dr. Michael Rydelnik, the program head of Jewish Studies and a messianic Jewish scholar with years of experience in teaching and messianic ministry. Study with Dr. Michael McDuffee, a professor of Theology, and Eva Rydelnik, who teaches Jewish literature and a foundational course in Jewish culture and outreach. All of your professors have years of experience in education and Jewish ministry.

Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Dr. Michael Rydelnik

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Dr. Michael McDuffee

Dr. Michael McDuffee

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When you graduate with a BA in Jewish Studies, you’ll have the practical skills necessary for a wide variety of jobs. You can:

  • Plant a congregation in a Jewish community
  • Do outreach work to Jewish people
  • Teach with a Jewish focus
  • Serve in a variety of capacities with a messianic congregation
  • Participate in Israel advocacy
  • Serve in a Jewish ministry
  • Minister to Jewish people and others anywhere in the world

Financial Aid

Every class in your degree is paid for by the Chicago Tuition Grant, so tuition is worry-free. Every Chicago undergraduate student is awarded this grant, worth up to $10,000 a year. You’re only responsible to pay the remaining amount for room and board, fees, and costs—making a Moody degree the best value in Christian education. Find out how to defray the remaining costs with scholarships, grants, student loans, student employment, and veterans benefits.

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