YOUR CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING


Established in 1994, the Messianic Studies Institute (MSI) is a unique institute for lifelong learning that empowers you to be transformed by the Jewish heritage and essence of the faith. MSI's dynamic curriculum unlocks the Biblical languages, Scripture in its continuity from Genesis to Revelation, and the Messianic Jewish worldview important to understanding and knowing Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

What does this transformation look like?

  1. An integrated faith—living according to the pattern of Yeshua in daily life
  2. An indebtedness to and relationship with the Jewish people now that positively impacts the so-called "Jewish-Christian" divide
  3. An identity and living that "makes flesh" the words "Magnified and sanctified may God’s great Name be throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in our lifetime, and during our days, and within the life of the entire house of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen." —Kaddish, traditional Jewish prayer

MSI is the educational branch of Beth Messiah Congregation in Columbus, OH (bethmessiah.org)


How MSI Works

MSI features ONGROUND and ONLINE courses, with the hub being this website where you may access and manage your syllabi, course workbooks, handouts, reviews, and more. MSI allows students the opportunity to take individual courses without committing to any certificate program, but encourages commitment to such programs. There are no prerequisites for any MSI course except in the sequential Biblical language courses.

When is ONGROUND MSI?

Full Courses: Eight Mondays per term: 1.25 hours per class session

Session 1

7:00–8:15PM

Session 2

8:30–9:45PM

Mini Courses: Two consecutive Wednesdays or Saturdays as noted 7:00–9:30PM

What is the cost of MSI?

MSI specializes in making scholarship understandable at an affordable cost. The cost for all ONGROUND and all ONLINE courses, whether FULL or MINI, is provided in the course descriptions.



Certificate Programs

Basic Certificate

A 12-course program which introduces the learner to the Jewish heritage and essence of the faith, focusing on the basics of the Biblical languages, the Scriptures, and Jewish history and culture.

1

Hebrew I

2

Hebrew II

3

Greek I

4

Greek II

5

Jewish Essence of the Faith

6

Jewish History

7

Jewish Holidays

8

Messianic Promise

9

Messianic Apologetics

10

Book of Galatians

11

Elective

12

Visiting Scholar Symposium


Advanced Certificate

All courses required for the Basic Certificate plus a 12-course program that unlocks a more profound understanding of the Scriptures.

1

Hebrew III or Greek III

2

Hebrew IV or Greek IV

3

Torah

4

Prophets I

5

Prophets II

6

Writings

7

Book of Romans

8

Other Bible Book

9

Keys to Bible Study I (Hermeneutics)

10

Elective

11

Elective

12

Visiting Scholar Symposium


MSI Board


Howard R. Silverman

President

Henri Louis Goulet

Executive Director & Academic Dean

Krista J. Ball

Dean of Students

Dr. David J. Rudolph

Academic Consultant

Marcy G. Kotting

Member At-Large


MSI Faculty & Staff


Henri Louis Goulet

Executive Director, Academic Dean, & Faculty

Henri’s primary interests include the Biblical languages (specializing in Biblical Greek), the study of the New Covenant Scriptures from the "Within Second Temple Judaism Perspective", hermeneutics, the Jewish-Greco-Roman milieu of the New Covenant Scriptures, Paul's theologizing, the kingship of God, ancient rhetoric, conceptual metaphor, and the Jewish Pseudepigrapha. He is a member of the SBL and has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek and NT at Ashland Seminary. Henri currently serves as the Executive Director and Academic Dean of MSI, as well as the Education Coordinator of Beth Messiah Congregation.

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cape Town, Biblical Studies, 2017; S.T.M., Trinity Seminary, Biblical Studies, 2007; M.A., Ashland Theological Seminary, Biblical Studies, 2003; B.S., The Ohio State University, Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1984.

Greek I-V, Intermediate Greek, Philippians in Greek, Keys to Bible Study I & II (Hermeneutics), Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of John, Worthy Living: Philippians, Hebrews, James, Jude, Revelation, Jewish Heritage and Essence of the Faith, Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, One God-One Book-One Story, Introducing Women of the Bible, The Love of God, The Kingship of God, Experiencing the Glory of God, Early Hymns to Yeshua the Messiah, God's Election of Israel, Slaves of God & Messiah, Melchizedek: King of Shalem


Howard Silverman

President & Faculty

Howard's primary interests include the Hebrew Bible, Biblical studies, Rabbinic Literature, Jewish culture and tradition, and the Jewish essence of the New Covenant Scriptures and faith. He has been in full-time Jewish ministry since 1980, and has served as the Congregational Leader of Beth Messiah Congregation since 1991. Howard has been the President of MSI as well as a Board and Faculty member since its inception in 1994. He was the President of the UMJC from 2008–2012.

M.A., Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI), Jewish Studies, 2016; Graduate Studies, The Ohio State University, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, 2000–2003; Advanced Studies Diploma, Moody Bible Institute, 1980; B.S., State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, 1979.

Torah, Prophets I & II, Writings, Book of Deuteronomy, Book of Isaiah, Isaiah in the New Covenant Scriptures, Book of Daniel, Book of Jeremiah, Biblical Wisdom Literature, Book of Psalms, Book of Chronicles, Hebrew Liturgy, Rabbinic Literature, The History of Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles: Framework for Understanding God's Presence among His People, The Jewish Heritage and Essence of the Faith, Great Jewish Thinkers: Martin Buber, Great Jewish Thinkers: Hillel, Great Jewish Thinkers: Theodor Herzl and David Ben-Gurion


Marcy Kotting

Faculty

Marcy has had a lifelong passion for Jewish worship and liturgy, and the Hebrew language that supports them, having been raised in Judaism. She has taught Hebrew for MSI since its inception, and has previously taught Hebrew for MJTI. She is MSI's main instructor on the Jewish Holidays. Marcy is a past Managing Editor of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, and a former Treasurer of the Association of Messianic Believers. She also serves Chevra, a Messianic Jewish humanitarian aid organization. Marcy is the Liturgist for Beth Messiah Congregation, where she also trains Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.

M.C.R.P., The Ohio State University, 1983; B.A., The Ohio State University, 1980.

Hebrew I-V, Intermediate Hebrew, Jewish Holidays


Dr. Joel Willitts

Faculty

Dr. Willitts has been a professor in Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University (Chicago, IL) since 2006. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct at Judson College (Elgin, IL), Wheaton College, Northern Seminary (Lombard, IL), and The Kings University (Dallas, TX) in their Messianic Jewish Studies Program. He is the author of Matthew's Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of 'The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel' and The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has co-edited several works including Introduction to Messianic Judaism with David J. Rudolph. In all of his research and writings, Dr. Willitts approaches the New Covenant Scriptures as Jewish literature of the Second Temple Period showing the continuity between the two Testaments of Messianic Scripture. In addition to several chapter and article length studies, Dr. Willitts is currently working on three major projects: a monograph on the Epistle to the Galatians, a book length study of the story of the Bible as David’s story, and a book length introduction to the Jewish Context of the New Testament for students.

Ph.D., Cambridge University, New Testament, 2007; M.Phil., Cambridge University, New Testament, 2002; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, Old and New Testaments, 2001; B.S., Liberty University, Ministry, 1993.

Hearing Galatians Afresh in Its First-Century Context, God’s Kingship on Earth: The Story of Israel’s Davidic King from Genesis to Revelation


Chris Kotting

Faculty

Chris' primary area of research is Saul (Paul) of Tarsus and the Pauline writings, with an emphasis on how history, culture, politics, and literature influenced both the writer and his audience. Chris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Union of Messianic Believers, and serves as an Elder of Beth Messiah Congregation. He has also served the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations on the Worship and Communications Committees. He also teaches at area churches on Messiah in the Passover and the Jewish Holiday Cycle.

B.A., The Ohio State University, 1985.

Book of Galatians, Book of Romans, Environment of the New Covenant Scriptures, Paul and the Law: Holy, Spiritual, & Good


Eric Chabot

Faculty

Eric's areas of interest are philosophy of religion, epistemology, the resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus), Jewish messianism, the relationship between Israel & the Church, apologetic systems, historical method, Biblical hermeneutics, the genre of the Gospels, and the relationship between science and theology. He leads an apologetics ministry at both the Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. He has published numerous articles for Messianic Literature Outreach and is an Adjunct Instructor at Xenos Christian Fellowship.

M.A., Southern Evangelical Seminary, Religious Studies, 2010.

Messianic Apologetics, Asking Big Questions: Making the Case for Faith, The Messianic Promise, The Rising Tide of Christian Anti-Jewishness, The Jewish Context of Atonement and Resurrection, The Case for Zionism, Identity and Idolatry


Peter Knehans

Faculty

Peter’s primary interests include the Hebrew language and Scriptures, apologetics, hermeneutics, interfaith dialogue, the Jewishness of the New Covenant Scriptures, and the Jewish heritage and essence of the faith. He has been profoundly captivated and impacted in particular by the divine presence of God from the perspective of the Tanakh, and its importance for the New Covenant Scriptures. He has served as a Minister (Illinois and Ohio), a Chaplain (San Antonio, TX), and a Student Director for Resort Ministries in four National Parks.

M. Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993; B.S., Life Sciences-Biology, Kansas State University, 1983.

God’s Pursuit of Humanity I: Genesis to Chronicles, God's Pursuit of Humanity II: Matthew to Revelation, Book of Genesis, Salvation: From Moses to Messiah


Dr. Sam Meier

Faculty

Dr. Meier began teaching at the Ohio State University in 1986 in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and is the author of The Messenger in the Ancient Semitic World (1988), Speaking of Speaking: Marking Direct Discourse in Biblical Hebrew (1992), and Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy (2009). He also serves as Adjunct Professor of History, where he teaches the History of Ancient Israel. Among his many honors, he has been a guest at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio (Italy), has been the Edwards Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion, and was recognized as the Bronfmann Distinguished Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies (College of William and Mary). Dr. Meier has received the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the Rodica C. Botoman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring. He is presently engaged in research in the Deuteronomistic History and prophecy in ancient Israel.

Ph.D., Harvard University, Hebrew & Semitic Languages and Literatures, 1987; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, Old Testament and Semitics; B.A., UCLA, Ancient Near Eastern Civilization.

Book of Leviticus & Beyond, Book of Job, Israel's History Through Gentile Eyes, Introduction to the Septuagint, Sermon on the Mount, The Bible in the Qur'an


Krista J. Ball

Dean of Students

Krista became committed to lifelong learning while teaching young people in a variety of Bible study ministries. As she challenged her students to think deeply about what is really important in life, and encouraged them to critically examine their belief systems in accordance with Scripture, she searched for robust opportunities to become richly engaged in Biblical study and discovered what she refers to as the "gold mine of rich learning opportunities at MSI.” She pursued studies in apologetics, the Biblical languages, and the Jewish essence of the faith, and continued to study until she completed both the Basic and Advanced Certificates of MSI in 2004. Krista was appointed Dean of Students in 2007 and serves on the MSI Board. She is active in Beth Messiah's Sisterhood where she has participated in teaching and educational programs since 2012. Krista was appointed to Beth Messiah's Board of Shamashim in 2013. She is a member of the congregation's Finance Committee and serves as its Treasurer.

M.S., The Ohio State University, 1987; B.S.N., Ohio University, 1981.


Valerie Berman

Registrar

Valerie is the Administrative Assistant of Beth Messiah Congregation and is well-known for her expertise in multitasking. She is a teacher in the Shabbat School and Hebrew School where her children are very active. Valerie and her son have taken Hebrew together at MSI. She also occasionally fills in as a singer on the Beth Messiah Worship Music Team where her husband Cliff is the drummer.


Kim Stiltner

Accounting Assistant

Kim is a champion of the wondrous lifelong learning opportunities at MSI. She brings numerical and financial acumen to bear on MSI's operations and initiatives, and is a cherished member of the team.


Andrew Lyles

Production Manager

Andrew has spent the last several years working as a professional stagehand with specialties ranging from lighting, to video, to audio, to event production. His history with MSI goes back over 9 years, and through MSI he came to find his worship and spiritual family at Beth Messiah Congregation.



2017-2018 ONGROUND Course Brochure