Overview 


Shalom!  Welcome!  I am excited to introduce “Ariel College of the Bible and Messianic Jewish Studies.”

This short overview is a great place to begin as you consider taking one course or an entire degree program with us.

May the God of Jacob guide your steps,

Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, ThM, PhD

Founder and President

Ariel College of the Bible and Messianic Jewish Studies

I. WHAT IS ARIEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE AND MESSIANIC JEWISH STUDIES?

MISSION STATEMENT:

“Ariel College of the Bible and Messianic Jewish Studies (ACB-MJS) is an online Bible college that specializes in teaching the Bible and Theology from a Messianic Jewish perspective, for the glory of God and the good of His people.”

VISION STATEMENT:

“The vision of ACB-MJS is to be recognized as the best online Bible and Messianic Jewish Studies college in the world, in the eyes of God and His people.”

FOUNDING:

  • Ariel Ministries was founded in 1977 by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, ThM, PhD.
  • In 2016 the Ariel Board decided to launch a new online educational division of Ariel.
    • Stage One was to produce college-level Ariel online courses.
    • Stage Two was to establish Ariel’s online college, ACB-MJS.

CAN I JUST TAKE ONE OR TWO COURSES?

  • Yes!  You can take a course, “a la carte,” any time!
  • You will learn more about this in STEP 2, “CHOOSE A PLAN.”

DEGREES:

  • All degrees are in one major only, “Biblical and Messianic Jewish Studies.”
  • Completion of 20 full-credit ACB-MJS courses earns students an Associate’s Degree, 40 a Bachelor’s, and 60 a Master’s.
  • All students, regardless of prior training, courses, or degrees, begin at the Associate’s Level.  We do this because of our unique focus on the Messianic Jewish perspective in all of our courses as well as our theological and doctrinal positions.
  • Students pursuing a degree from us can select any of our Tier 1 or Tier 2 courses in any order they desire.  However, those courses comprised of multiple parts, (e.g. the four Life of Yeshua courses and the two Eschatology/Revelation courses) must be taken in sequential order.
  • Also, after the four “Foundations” courses are developed and launched, students will need to take these prior to graduation (FND 101-104).  These Foundations courses are planned to be completed prior to 2024.
  • We are a new college and we will be adding 3-5 new courses each year. 

COSTS AND FEES:

  • The tuition cost for non-credit (audit-only) courses ranges from $49 to $69.
  • The cost for full-credit courses ranges from $99 to $299. This is far below what most other colleges charge for online courses.
  • We keep our prices extremely low because we do not want the costs to be a burden to any of our students.
  • We are only able to provide these courses at such low prices because of the sacrificial financial giving of believers who donate to this division of Ariel. 
  • We do not offer discounts, student loans, or special financing, but we do provide some scholarship funding for students who request and need assistance.  
  • You will see specific course prices in the “Catalog” item on the navigation bar.

ACCREDITATION:

We are not currently seeking accreditation.  We have no plans to seek accreditation because we see no need for it at this time. Our focus now is to develop our courses and program in ways well-pleasing to God so that we are fully aligned with His Word and His will.

LIST OF ACB-MJS COURSES: CURRENT AND PLANNED

Click the arrows to the left of each of the eight headings below (A-H) for the listings of the courses under each discipline. 

A. FOUNDATIONS: DOCTRINAL, PERSONAL, ACADEMIC, AND INTERPRETATIVE (FND)
  1. Academic Foundations: Introduction to college-level writing skills, academic/theological reading methods, evaluating arguments and truth claims, and academic research methods (FND 101)
  2. Personal Foundations: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Financial, Relational, Marital, Social, and Vocational Health (2 Credits) (FND 102)
  3. Interpretive Foundations: Methodical Bible Study, Introduction to Hermeneutics and Dispensationalism (FND 103)
  4. Doctrinal Foundations: The Gospel, Essential Truths, and ACB-MJS Distinctives (1Credit) (FND 104)
  5. Bachelors and Masters Graduation Capstone – Paper/Presentation (0 Credits) (FND 105)
  6. Mastering Logos Bible Software (1 credit) (FND 201)
  7. Biblical Hermeneutics II (FND 202)
  8. Dispensationalism II (FND 203)

*Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credits

B. JEWISH AND MESSIANIC JEWISH TENETS, HISTORY, CULTURE, CUSTOMS, AND APOLOGETICS (JHC)
  1. Introduction to the Messianic Jewish Faith: Basic Tenets, Historical Survey, Contemporary Landscape, Customs, and Practices (JHC 101)
  2. Introduction to Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism: Basic Tenets, Historical Survey, Contemporary Landscape, Customs, and Practices (JHC 102)
  3. The Messianic Jewish Life: Purpose, Identity, Evangelism, Discipleship, Congregations, MJ Organizations, the Sabbath, and Controversies (JHC103)
  4. Messianic Prophecy (JHC 104)
  5. The Feasts and Fasts of Israel (JHC 201)
  6. Messianic Jewish Apologetics I (JHC 202)
  7. Messianic Jewish Apologetics II (JHC 203)
  8. The Holocaust and the History of Antisemitism: A Historical and Theological Study (JHC 204)
  9. Survey of Rabbinic Literature and Rabbinic Interpretation: Past and Present (JHC 205)
  10. Messianic Jewish Leadership: Planning, Planting, Managing, Serving, and Leading a Messianic Jewish Congregation (JHC 301)
  11. Messianic Jewish Exposition: Preaching, Teaching, and Communication Skills (JHC 302)
C. THE B’RIT HADASHAH: NEW COVENANT BIBLICAL STUDIES (BHD)
  1. The Life of Yeshua from a Messianic Jewish Perspective, Part One: From Birth to the Public Proclamation of His Messiahship (BHD 101)
  2. The Life of Yeshua from a Messianic Jewish Perspective, Part Two: From the Beginning of His Public Ministry to the National Rejection of His Messiahship and His Journey to Jerusalem in Preparation for the Feasts of Tabernacles. (BHD 102)
  3. The Life of Yeshua from a Messianic Jewish Perspective Part Three: The last six-month period of the life of Messiah, from the Feast of Tabernacles to the agony of Gethsemane. (BHD103)
  4. The Life of Yeshua from a Messianic Jewish Perspective, Part Four: From the Arrest, Trials, and Crucifixion to His Resurrection and Ascension. (BHD 104)
  5. The Book of Acts (BHD 105)
  6. The Book of Romans (BHD 106)
  7. The Messianic Jewish Epistles, Part One: The Book of Hebrews (BHD 107)
  8. The Messianic Jewish Epistles, Part Two: James, I & II Peter, and Jude (BHD 108)
  9. The Books of 1st and 2nd Corinthians (BHD 202)
  10. The Books of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (BHD 203)
  11. The Books of First and Second Thessalonians, First and Second Timothy, Titus, First, Second, and Third John (BHD 204)
  12. *The Book of Revelation is covered in MJT 108-109
D. THE TANAKH: OLD TESTAMENT BIBLICAL STUDIES (TNK)
  1. The Book of Genesis: Part 1 (TNK 101)
  2. The Book of Genesis: Part 2 (TNK 102)
  3. The Book of Exodus (TNK 103)
  4. The Book of Leviticus (TNK 104)
  5. The Book of Numbers (TNK 105)
  6. The Book of Deuteronomy (TNK 106)
  7. The Books of Joshua (TNK 201)
  8. The Books of Judges and Ruth (TNK 202)
  9. The Books of First and Second Samuel (TNK 203)
  10. The Books of First and Second Kings (TNK 204)
  11. The Books of First and Second Chronicles (TNK 205)
  12. The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (TNK 206)
  13. The Book of Job (TNK 301)
  14. The Book of Psalms (TNK 302)
  15. The Book of Proverbs (TNK 303)
  16. The Books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (TNK 304)
  17. The Book of Isaiah (TNK 401)
  18. The Books of Jeremiah and Lamentations (TNK 402)
  19. The Book of Ezekiel (TNK 403)
  20. The Book of Daniel (TNK 404)
  21. The Books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Obadiah (TNK 501)
  22. The Books of Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (TNK 502)
  23. The Books of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi (TNK 503)
E. MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (MJT)
  1. Introduction to Systematic Theology and Bibliology (MJT 101)
  2. Theology Proper & The Triunity (MJT 102)
  3. Christology (The Doctrine of the Messiah) (MJT 103)
  4. Pneumatology (MJT 104)
  5. Soteriology & Sanctification (MJT 105)
  6. A Dispensational Israelology (MJT 107)
  7. Eschatology and the Book of Revelation, Part One (MJT 108)
  8. Eschatology and the Book of Revelation, Part Two (MJT 109)
  9. Biblical Nomology: The Sabbath, the Law of Moses and the Law of Messiah (MJT 110)
  10. Supercessionism: Past and Present (MJT 111)
  11. Biblical Anthropology & Hamartiology (MJT 201)
  12. The Israelology of Covenantalism (MJT 202)
  13. Angelology, Demonology, Satanology (MJT 203)
  14. Ecclessiology and Messianic Judaism (MJT 204)
  15. Personal Eschatology: The Doctrine of the Future of the Soul (MJT 301)
  16. Rabbinic Theologies (MJT 303)
F. BIBLICAL HEBREW AND MODERN HEBREW (HEB)
  1. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Level One (HEB 101)
  2. Biblical Hebrew: Level Two (HEB 201)
  3. Biblical Hebrew: Level Three (HEB 202)
  4. Biblical Hebrew: Level Four (HEB 301)
  5. Biblical Hebrew: Level Five (HEB 302)
  6. Modern Hebrew: Level One (HEB 303)
  7. Modern Hebrew: Level Two (HEB 304)
  8. Introduction to Biblical Aramaic (ARM 305)
G. BIBLICAL GREEK (GRK)
  1. Biblical Greek: Level One (GRK 201)
  2. Biblical Greek: Level Two (GRK 202)
  3. Biblical Greek: Level Three (GRK 301)
  4. Biblical Greek: Level Four (GRK 302)
H. ISRAEL, JERUSALEM, AND THE TEMPLE (IJT)
  1. Zionism and the History of the State of Israel (IJT 201)
  2. Israel Today: Social, Political, Geographical, and Religious Overview (IJT 202)
  3. The Tabernacle, the Temple, and Jerusalem: Past and Present (IJT 203)
  4. Introduction to Biblical Archaeology in the Land of Israel (IJT 204)

II. WHO ARE THE LEADERS, FACULTY, AND STUDENTS?

LEADERSHIP:

  • The President of ACB-MJS is Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.
  • The Vice President and Provost is Dr. Mark Adler.
  • The Board of Directors is comprised of men who meet the biblical requirements for eldership and are fully aligned with Ariel Ministries doctrinal statement.

FACULTY:

  • Most courses are taught by Dr. Fruchtenbaum.
  • Only faculty that are 100% in agreement with the ACB-MJS doctrinal statement are permitted to teach.
  • We require all faculty to have at least a Master’s degree, most will have terminal degrees (Th.D., Ph.D., D.Min.).

STUDENTS:

  • We have hundreds of students taking our courses from around the world. Most of our students are adult learners.
  • We maintain an open-enrollment policy and there are no entrance requirements for the Associate’s Degree program.
  • Students will need to pass a writing-proficiency requirement to earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from ACB-MJS.