The next Eitz Chaim New Foundations-New Members class begins April 24, 2021

Spring 2021 New Foundations Syllabus

Spring 2021

Saturday Morning, 9:00-10:30 AM


John McKee

Course Description and Objectives:

This class is designed to acclimate students to the mission, theology, and spirituality of the Messianic movement, as specifically present in the unique calling of Eitz Chaim Messianic Jewish Congregation of Plano, TX, and our sphere of influence in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. This class is open to all in the assembly, but is specifically required for those seeking formal membership. As is stated of our community of Messiah followers,

"Eitz Chaim is called to be a Messiah-centered, Spirit-empowered, disciple-making community that reveals the truth of Yeshua to both Israel and the nations. We are committed to making Yeshua the L-rd of our life, faith and ministry. Our community seeks to be like the first Jerusalem congregation where both Jew and non-Jew function as one new man, equal before G-d (Acts 2)."

Required Materials:

McKee, J.K. The Messianic Walk: The End-Time Move of God (McKinney, TX: Messianic Apologetics, 2020).

Recommended Materials:

Appel, James, Jonathan Bernis, and David Levine. Messianic Judaism Class, Teacher Book (Copenhagan, NY: Olive Press, 2011).

Chernoff, Yohanna, with Jimi Miller, Born a Jew, Die a Jew: The Story of Martin Chernoff A Pioneer in Messianic Judaism (Hagerstown, MD: EBED Publications, 1996).

Liberman, Paul. The Fig Tree Blossoms: The Emerging of Messianic Judaism (Kudu Publishing, 2012).

Messianic Jewish Family Bible—Tree of Life Version (Snellville, GA: Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, 2014).

Stern, David H. Jewish New Testament Commentary (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1995).

Stern David H. Complete Jewish Bible (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1998).

Zodhiates, Spiros, ed. Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, NASB (Chattanooga, AMG Publishers, 1994).

Student Participation:

This Spring, due to the complications of the congregational relocation (and COVID-19 issues), we will have an abbreviated class schedule, also incorporating pre-recorded audio/video sessions available at

Regular attendance of the New Foundations Class is required (with no more than two or three excused absences) in order for students to receive a "complete," and be regarded as candidates for formal membership in the congregation. Each module of the class will involve readings from The Messianic Walk, and group discussion during the Saturday class.

Course Schedule:

subject to change, with additional sessions

Week One
24 Apr 2021

The Messianic Vision
read Unit One in Messianic Walk

Week Two
01 May 2021

Shabbat, the Appointed Times, Jewish Holidays
read Unit Two in Messianic Walk

Week Three
08 May 2021

Kosher and Torah-based "Means of Grace"
read Unit Three in Messianic Walk

Week Four
15 May 2021

The Contours of Jewish Evangelism
read Unit Four in Messianic Walk

Week Five
22 May 2021

Our Place in the Congregation
read Unit Five in Messianic Walk

Week Six
29 May 2021

A Survey of Messianic Theology
read Unit Six in Messianic Walk

Week Seven
05 June 2021


Introduction to Course and Material


UNIT ONE - The Messianic Vision

UNIT TWO - Shabbat, the Appointed Times, Jewish Holidays

UNIT THREE - Kosher and Torah-based "Means of Grace"

UNIT FOUR - The Contours of Jewish Evangelism

UNIT FIVE - Our Place in the Congregation

UNIT SIX - A Survey of Messianic Theology