>>>> Summer Classes 2018 <<<<


Starting Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 PM Online (Nine Week Course)

MJCS 105/LM 105 Theology 1 

Course Description:  This course will cover basic biblical and theological concepts, i.e., original sin, atonement, salvation through Jesus (Yeshua), sanctification, the Holy Trinity, baptism, communion, spiritual gifts, the providence of God, etc. from a Judaic-Christian perspective.  The class will also cover the Jewish roots of the Church.

Instructor:  Craig Drurey

Required Textbooks:  Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith by Marvin Wilson (1989)  and Ways of our God by Charles Scobie (2002).

Note:  Texts available through Amazon and the Christian Book Distributors

Starting Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 PM Online (Nine Week Course)

LM 106 Biblical Greek 1

Course Description:  This is an introduction to Biblical Greek.  It is for students who have not had a Greek class before.  It will cover the Greek alphabet, parts of speech, and some basic vocabulary and phrases.  Some short passages and verses from the Brit Chadasha/New Testament will be analyzed and discussed during the class.

Instructor:  Craig Drurey

Required Textbook:  Greek for the Rest of Us (2nd ed.) by William D. Mounce (2013).

Note:  Texts available through Amazon and the Christian Book Distributors 

Starting Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 PM Online (Nine Week Course)

LM 108 Apologetics

Course Description:  This introductory course will focus on sharing and discussing the Bible with others and cover objections and misunderstandings some people have today in regard to Jesus (Yeshua) Christ.

Instructor:  Dr. Deborah Burd

Required Textbook and Pamphlet:  The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (2016), Zondervan; 100 Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus (2002), Rose Publishing.

Note:  Texts available through Amazon and the Christian Book Distributors


Biblical Hebrew 1 will also be offered this summer starting Tuesday, May 29th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  (Nine Week Course)   The course will be held at the Cleveland Heights Library (Lee Road Branch) in the Levey Room.

LM 103/MJCS 103 Biblical Hebrew 1

Course Description:  This is a basic Biblical Hebrew course.  It will cover the Hebrew alphabet and parts of speech.  Students will learn to read and pronounce simple words, names, phrases, Bible verses, and prayers in Hebrew utilizing both Hebrew script and transliterated examples.  They will also learn Hebrew words and phrases that are frequently used in Jewish culture in the US and in Israel today.

Instructor:  Dalia Kutnick

Textbook:   Prayerbook Hebrew The Easy Way (3rd ed.) by Anderson, Motzkin, Rubenstein, and Wiseman (Ninth printing, 2014)



Winter/Spring Classes 2018 

Starting Tuesday, February 6th at 7:00 PM Online  (Ten Week Course)

MJCS 209/EL 209 Church History and Church Writings (Part 1)

Course Description:  This course will focus on the Jewish roots of the Church and Church history from the first century as it was led by the Apostles to the time of the Reformation.  Various noted Church leaders will be focused on along with the development of Church creeds, the Bible cannon, and other important Church documents.  A brief overview/timeline of the Church from the time of the Reformation to the present day will be included at the end of the course.  These Church eras will be covered in greater detail in Church History and Church Writings, Part 2.

Instructor:  Craig Drurey (ABD for a D.Min.)

Textbook:  The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation by Justo L. Gonzalez (2010, 2nd ed,).  Published by HarperOne.

Note:  Texts available through Amazon and the Christian Book Distributors

Starting Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 PM Online  (Nine Week Course)

EL 301 The Jewishness of the Bible (Elective)   Online

This course will focus on the Jewishness of the Bible (Old and New Testaments).  It will also cover the historical time period and the culture Jesus lived, taught, and ministered in, bringing fresh understanding of the New Testament Scriptures to the believer.  The words of Jesus (Yeshua) become much clearer and richer when read from the original Jewish context.  In addition to the textbook, various other resources with be used in the class lectures.

Instructor:  Dr. Deborah Burd, D.Min.

Textbook:  Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding by Lois Tverberg (2018).  Published by Baker Books.

Note:  Text available through Amazon and the Christian Book Distributors

Free Spring Webinars

“Did Jesus Have to Die?: A Survey of the Theories of Atonement”
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Craig Drurey, Instructor

Webinar Course Description: Many people have either assumptions or questions about why Jesus died. Atonement theories wrestle with what the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Yeshua) really mean.  In evangelical America, we often see one particular theory emphasized over others. However, there have been many orthodox views over the years regarding why Jesus (Yeshua) died. There is a rich beauty in examining what the other theories center on. The atonement theory one holds onto directly impacts how one sees God, themselves, sin, and the world.  A Judaic-Christian perspective will be among the theories presented in this webinar.

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“Is God in Control?: A Survey of the Views of God’s Providence”
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Craig Drurey, Instructor

Webinar Course Description: Many people struggle with the idea of God’s control when faced with suffering and tragedy. In fact, most atheists choose their path based upon the struggle between God’s sovereignty and the problem of evil and suffering in this world. When death, natural disasters, and violent crimes occur, people want to understand how God is involved in the world. This survey class will present seven orthodox models of God’s providence and offer resources to further one’s study of the various models of God’s providence.  A Judaic-Christian perspective will be among the views presented.

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About the Instructor
:  Craig Drurey is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio.  He earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  From there, Craig went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Northwest Nazarene University.  At this time, he is working on a Doctor of Ministry in Wesleyan Practices at Ashland Theological Seminary.  His Master’s and Doctoral work specialize in Christian ministry, spiritual formation, and discipleship.  Currently he is the Director of Discipleship at Green Valley United Methodist Church.  Craig is also an adjunct professor in the College of Theology for Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ), an instructor for Ohio Christian University (Circleville, OH), and Besorah Institute.  In addition, he is an Executive Board member of Besorah Institute.


Tuition for Classes

$110.00 per regular course

Books are in addition to tuition and need to be purchased by the student. The Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon are some good places to look for your books.


Registering for Classes: New Students must make application to the institute and be accepted before signing up for classes.  (Applications posted under “Programs.”)   Click here for more info.

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For questions, registering for classes, or applying to become a student at Besorah contact:
Dr. Debbie Burd, President
Besorah Institute for Judaic-Christian Studies & Biblical Research
PO Box 278
Twinsburg, Ohio  44087
330) 622-0481