JEWISH UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
Welcome to the world’s only Messianic Jewish Center for Higher Education.
All study places are taken until April 2025
Free of tuition fees and committed to strict academic principles.
At the Jewish University, you will be equipped for lifelong success as a leader through programs offered in Colorado, Indiana, Idaho (in Bois and Garden City only practical training), of course online. We’re using state of the art remote learning technologies. This allows students from all over the world to attend our school. We accept students with every religious background.
The Jewish University is an ecclesiastical degree-granting institution recognized by major messianic Jewish institutions in the United States, Europe and Israel. We are a serious, regular faith-based university with identical rights to non-faith-based colleges universities and colleges (CO Rev Stat § 7-50-105, 2020). Our administration offices are located in Colorado, Indiana and Idaho. Inquiries regarding the acquisition of titles or grades won’t be answered. We are a reliable & ecclesiastical online university.
WITHOUT TUITION FEES
Our university was endowed. Therefore, we do not charge tuition or other fees. However, applicants must prove that they meet the high standards of our educational institution through an extensive admissions process. On average, two out of every hundred applicants succeed in getting accepted to study with us.
Average waiting time for the entrance exam in order to get a study place: currently about 3 years. Such is the logical reality of a rather small, denominational university with a good reputation offering tuition-free higher education. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding.
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Chairman of the Board of the Academic Staff
Professor Bill Jefferson, Ph.D.
Adrian Adam, Ph.D.
Deputy of the Dean
Chair of Theology
Professor Ariel Rubin, Ph.D.
Chair of Philosophy:
Professor Jonathan Herzog, Ph.D.
Senior Professors: 5
Junior Professors: 3
Other staff: 29
ECCL. MEDICAL RESEARCH
Chair of Medical and Health Science
Professor Georg Schuster, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Professors: 7
Junior Professors: 6
Other staff: 25
Obviously, as a rather small Messianic Jewish university, JUC does not operate a university hospital. In the case of clinical matters as well as research needs, LCG Research as well as the international practice for rare diseases (Lazar | Seideman | Smith) act as teaching institutions for well-defined clinical aspects. The coordinator of this cooperative effort is Professor Dr. David Seideman.
Our Senior Professors (all faculties)
Headquarters & Offices
Although we have transitioned to distance learning systems due to the 2020-2022 pandemic, our Denver, Colorado headquarters and admin offices in Indianapolis, Bois, Los Angeles, Miami as well as in Stuttgart and Athens continue to operate as administrative or in-house training facilities for our staff. However, as a Jewish-Christian (Messianic Jewish) entity, we have to be more careful than other institutions. The reason: As Messianic Jews, we experience harassment much more frequently than Christian or rabbinic Jewish organizations. For this reason, every visitor must register via email (see below) with a photo of their driver's license (both sides) or passport (the side with the photo) before visiting any of our offices. Send your visit request along with the required documents and a detailed explanation of the purpose of your planned visit to:
IDAHO MESSIANIC BIBLE SEMINARY™
Our Idaho Messianic Bible Seminary under the Statutes of Idaho, title 33 chapter 24(g) is a denominational college providing instruction or training relating solely to religion, degrees are not granted in this seminary. In Idaho we are educating students in biblical work and theology to prepare them for ordination to serve as clergy, in messianic Jewish and Judeo-Christian congregations.
Former Arnulf Seminary of Theology™
Arnulf Seminary of Theology was a Christian panentheistic and process theological higher educational institution which had to discontinue its longstanding operations due to the disruptions associated with the 2020-2022 pandemic. To ensure that all those who studied at Arnulf Seminary of Theology continue to have a point of contact, the Jewish University of Colorado agreed to take over Arnulf Seminary's files and to act as a caretaker in administrative matters. However, JUC explicitly states that the Jewish University of Colorado never had any cooperative relationship with the Arnulf Seminary of Theology. The takeover of the files is merely a fraternal honorary service.
MESSIANIC JEWISH FELLOWSHIP ™
Without the philanthropic Society Messianic Jewish Fellowship International (SMJF), this university would not exist, much less a university that is completely free of tuition fees. We are therefore very grateful to SMJF (www.messianic-society.org), also and especially for the fact that we as a university enjoy full freedom of teaching despite being part of a philanthropic project.
Small, sophisticated and empathetic.
Now you can also become part of our traditional journey through the world of science.
Because since 2022, JUC has become web-based and international.
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About JUC and its affiliates.
Dr. Martin Gangnon was assigned a teaching professorship. He will thus facilitate more face-to-face teaching for our students in Western and Central Europe. Martin Gangnon is a highly regarded colleague and his appointment was without dissenting vote. (Oct 1, 2022)
There have been inquiries regarding the intertwining of JUC and the RAND Corporation. We never comment on partnerships that have no impact on our courses. Nevertheless, any such claimed cooperation would usually be communicated. (Sep 5, 2022)
The Lazar, Seideman & Smith practice, part of the Lazar Medical Consortium Group, will become a Faculty III teaching practice - a move that the JUC administration believes will benefit students from Europe and the Middle East in particular. (Aug 3rd, 2022)
Our history dates back 2000 years ago.
The first steps…
As messianic Jews, we consider ourselves in the unbroken tradition of the "Jewish Christians," who were the original members of the Jewish movement that accepted Christ as the Messiah and the concept of the Trinity (God the One and Threefold) which later, after centuries of evolution, became Christianity. In its earliest stages, the community consisted of all Jews who accepted Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. As Christianity grew and developed, Jewish Christians became part of the early Messianic community, which was characterized by a combination of confession of Jesus as Christ with adherence to Jewish traditions without ignoring those Christian practices which are compatible with the early messianic faith.
We are panentheists…
We not only a panentheistic messianic Jewish congregation, we are the only one, worldwide. Panentheism means that the world exists in the divine, that everything and everybody is a part of God, albeit God Himself is more than His entire creation (immanence and transcendence). The panentheistic view of nature differs drastically from naturalism, theism, and pantheism: any action in this world is attributed to both, humans led by their free will and humans led by the Holy Spirit, as well as to the transcendent part of God Himself who created the world through the Logos. Jesus (Yeshua) is in our faith an incarnation of the transcendent aspect of God into His creation in a human and vulnerable form. Therefore Jesus is Christ the Messiah for us and we worship GOD THE ONE AND THREEFOLD.
Esteemed retired professor McGrath for historical theology at Oxford University, noted correctly that many of the very early “Jewish Christians” of the first century were fully observant religious Jews. They differed from other contemporary Jews only in accepting Jesus as the Messiah. At the same time, however, the Apostle Paul taught not to rely on Jewish practices. This is the reason why we divide the New Testament into two levels. The Gospels are the foundation of our faith because they describe, in accordance with the Holy Spirit, the teachings of God Himself while part of Him was human in the body of Jesus of Nazareth. The rest of the New Testament we consider also to be inspired through the Holy Spirit. That means the New Testament is valid, however, not undistorted in accordance with the testimony of God's true will.
Respect for non-messianics…
We do not engage in active missionary work; in particular, we will never approach non-Messianic Jews to invite them to become Messianic Jews. On this point we clearly differ from evangelical Christians and oppose their ideology. We are referencing to the early church in Jerusalem, and they were right at the intersection of Messianic Judaism and the new Christian faith that was emerging.
What we believe
Panentheistic Messianic Judaism
In the Name of God the One and Threefold
We are Messianic Jews (early or “old-apostolic” Christians) and believe in the entire Holy Bible, including the gospels. As such we also believe that we all are part of God. This is because God is all that exists and all that exists is God, while He is even far more than all he has ever created (including us). What's the consequence? We believe that we can feel what God "wants" through our intuitions and our emotions, the Holy Spirit is omnipresent. So we believe that above all, even above any holy book, there is one thing that is more important than any religious law: Love. We are certain that God is love and love is God. Therefore, we apodictively believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the Holy Spirit as the matrix of reality: We consider the Messiah to have been a human "avatar" in which God the Father Himself incarnated to teach humanity. The “New Thought Movement” had also an important impact on our theology. Some label our faith as syncretism, however, we believe that is not the case since we do not leave the Judeo-Christian believes and traditions, doubting that one has to chose to be either a Messianic Jew or an Old-Apostolic Christian. Both are one.
As messianic Jews we consider ourselves to be in the tradition of the first Jews in Israel who acknowledged Jesus Christ as the Messiah. That’s we old-apostolic Christians and Messianic Jews are almost indistinguishable and form a unity. So we are closer to Judaism than pretty much any other Christian denomination. We consider ourselves followers of those Jews who recognized the reality of Christ as the incarnation of God in His own creation. Therefore we believe in the already accomplished return of Jesus Christ. He already came again through the incarnation of God Himself into His creation in the body of Jesus Christ. So in every human being the essence of Christ shall come to birth. Thus, people do not need to expect a new coming of Christ, Christ wants to work and create through the people.
A growing part of our members define “old-apostolic” as messianic jewish. As messianic Jews we don’t think in boxes, instead we respect different labels. Messianic Jews believe, like the early Christians that Jesus Christ is the Messiah wich the Jewish people had waited for. We accept the Old Testaments as well as the Gospels of the New Testamen and regard the other books of the New Testament as texts inspired by the Holy Spirit, but grant them less attention than we do to the four Gospels. Salvation in Messianic Judaism is achieved only through acceptance of Jesus as one's savior. Believers of Messianic Judaism considers their faith as a Jewish denomination.
The “Jerusalem Church” is considered to be the first community of early Christianity. It was formed in the holy city after the crucifixion of Jesus. It proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins and Jesus' teachings to the Israelites and all other peoples. So this early church, a Messianic Jewish sect, consisted mainly of "disciples," men and women, whom Jesus of Nazareth had already called to be his followers in Galilee and who had accompanied Him on His way to Jerusalem. In addition, there were Jews, Greek-speaking proselytes, and later also "God-abiding Gentiles" (non-Jews sympathetic to Judaism), who were won over and baptized by the preaching of the early Christians which are identical with what is called Messianic Jews. It proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins and Jesus' teachings to the Israelites and all other peoples. The early church consisted mainly of "disciples," men and women whom Jesus of Nazareth had already called to be his followers in Galilee and who had accompanied him on his way to Jerusalem. In addition, there were Jews, Greek-speaking proselytes and, later, also "God-abiding Gentiles" (non-Jews who sympathized with Judaism), who were won over and baptized by the preaching of the early Christians/Messianic Jews. The transition from Messianic Judaism to Christianity is here - and it is precisely this community and time that is the most important point of reference for our theology as a Judeo-Christian denomination.
The idea of a Jewish Church has been banned from the Christian horizon for almost two millennia. But things are changing. Since the middle of the 70s the Messianic Jewish movement has strived to build an ecclesial home for all Jewish believers in Christ. This new phenomenon brings to life issues that had disappeared since the first centuries of the Church. What does it mean to be a Jew in the Church? Should there be a distinction between Jews and non-Jews among believers in Christ? Is such a distinction compatible with the unity of the whole Body of Christ so ardently preached by Paul? What lifestyle should this Church promote? We have some answers.
Jewish or Christian?
Our members are free to chose if they want to follow the Jewish or the Christian traditions as traditions have little meaning in a highly spiritual faith. What counts is the believe in God the One and Threefold, in Jesus/Yeshuah as the Messiah and the four gospels as inspired by God Himself. No human being, no state, no authority, no special interest group etc. has the right to decide who’s Jewish or not. If knowledgable individual wants to live his faith in God the One and Threefold as Messianic Jew then this is his right. We fight for every Messianic Jew to be accepted as a Jew. At the same time we also accept double memberships in our Christian and Jewish congregations. Why? Because we are one.
Are you a messianic Jew? Welcome home!
Мы мессианские евреи
Как мессианские евреи, мы относим себя к непрерывной традиции "евреев-христиан", которые были первоначальными членами еврейского движения, принявшего Христа как Мессию и концепцию Троицы (Бога Единого и Троекратного), которая позже, после многовековой эволюции, стала христианством. На самых ранних этапах община состояла из всех евреев, принявших Иисуса из Назарета как Мессию. По мере роста и развития христианства христиане-евреи стали частью ранней мессианской общины, для которой было характерно сочетание исповедания Иисуса как Христа с приверженностью еврейским традициям без игнорирования тех христианских практик, которые совместимы с ранней мессианской верой. Отставной профессор исторического богословия Оксфордского университета Алистер Макграт верно заметил, что многие из очень ранних "еврейских христиан" первого века были полностью соблюдающими религиозными евреями. Они отличались от других современных евреев только тем, что принимали Иисуса как Мессию. Однако в то же время апостол Павел учил не полагаться на иудейские обычаи. Именно по этой причине мы разделяем Новый Завет на два уровня. Евангелия являются основанием нашей веры, потому что в них, в соответствии со Святым Духом, описаны учения Самого Бога, когда часть Его была человеком в теле Иисуса из Назарета. Остальную часть Нового Завета мы также считаем вдохновленной Святым Духом. Это означает, что Новый Завет действителен, однако не искажен в соответствии со свидетельством истинной воли Бога.
Wir sind messianische Juden
Und Sie sind willkommen.
Als messianische Juden sehen wir uns in der ungebrochenen Tradition der "Judenchristen", die die ursprünglichen Mitglieder der jüdischen Bewegung waren, die Christus als Messias und das Konzept der Dreifaltigkeit (der eine und dreifaltige Gott) annahmen, aus dem später, nach Jahrhunderten der Entwicklung, das Christentum wurde. In ihren Anfängen bestand die Gemeinschaft aus allen Juden, die Jesus von Nazareth als den Messias anerkannten. Als das Christentum wuchs und sich entwickelte, wurden die Judenchristen Teil der frühen messianischen Gemeinschaft, die sich durch eine Kombination aus dem Bekenntnis zu Jesus als Christus und dem Festhalten an den jüdischen Traditionen auszeichnete, ohne die christlichen Praktiken zu ignorieren, die mit dem frühen messianischen Glauben vereinbar sind. Der emeritierte Professor für historische Theologie an der Universität Oxford, Alister McGrath, stellte richtig fest, dass viele der sehr frühen "Judenchristen" des ersten Jahrhunderts streng gläubige Juden waren. Sie unterschieden sich von anderen zeitgenössischen Juden nur dadurch, dass sie Jesus als den Messias akzeptierten. Gleichzeitig lehrte der Apostel Paulus jedoch, sich nicht auf jüdische Praktiken zu verlassen. Dies ist der Grund, warum wir das Neue Testament in zwei Ebenen unterteilen. Die Evangelien sind die Grundlage unseres Glaubens, weil sie in Übereinstimmung mit dem Heiligen Geist die Lehren Gottes selbst beschreiben, während ein Teil von ihm im Körper von Jesus von Nazareth Mensch war. Den Rest des Neuen Testaments betrachten wir ebenfalls als durch den Heiligen Geist inspiriert. Das heißt, das Neue Testament ist gültig, aber nicht unverfälscht nach dem Zeugnis des wahren Willens Gottes.
Somos judíos mesiánicos
Es usted muy bienvenido
Como judíos mesiánicos, nos consideramos en la tradición ininterrumpida de los "judíos cristianos", que fueron los miembros originales del movimiento judío que aceptó a Cristo como el Mesías y el concepto de la Trinidad (Dios Uno y Trino) que más tarde, tras siglos de evolución, se convirtió en el cristianismo. En sus primeras etapas, la comunidad estaba formada por todos los judíos que aceptaban a Jesús de Nazaret como el Mesías. A medida que el cristianismo crecía y se desarrollaba, los cristianos judíos pasaron a formar parte de la comunidad mesiánica primitiva, que se caracterizaba por combinar la confesión de Jesús como Cristo con la adhesión a las tradiciones judías, sin ignorar las prácticas cristianas compatibles con la fe mesiánica primitiva. El profesor jubilado de teología histórica de la Universidad de Oxford, Alister McGrath, señaló correctamente que muchos de los primeros "cristianos judíos" del primer siglo eran judíos religiosos plenamente observantes. Se diferenciaban de otros judíos contemporáneos sólo en que aceptaban a Jesús como el Mesías. Sin embargo, al mismo tiempo, el apóstol Pablo enseñó a no basarse en las prácticas judías. Esta es la razón por la que dividimos el Nuevo Testamento en dos niveles. Los Evangelios son el fundamento de nuestra fe porque describen, de acuerdo con el Espíritu Santo, las enseñanzas de Dios mismo mientras una parte de Él era humana en el cuerpo de Jesús de Nazaret. El resto del Nuevo Testamento lo consideramos también inspirado por el Espíritu Santo. Eso significa que el Nuevo Testamento es válido, sin embargo, no sin distorsión de acuerdo con el testimonio de la verdadera voluntad de Dios.
Leave your boxes and think freely.
Leave your boxes and think freely.
Leave your boxes and think freely.
Messianic Judaism in a few words.
Messianic Judaism in a few words.
LEGAL §1 The Jewish University of Colorado (JUC) is part of the Messianic Jewish Fellowship (MJFI Society), a religious society under the law of the State of Colorado (CO Rev Stat § 7-50-101 ). It is an ecclesiastical not-for-profit institution providing higher education in the wide field of theology. Based on law 7-50-105 the Jewish University of Colorado is allowed to operate like any secular university in the State of Colorado. §2 Jewish University of Colorado is an institution of higher education, entitled to award/grant degrees (like any other university) under the law of the State of Colorado (CO Rev Stat § 7-50-105, 2020). §3 The Jewish University of Colorado meets all Colorado state requirements for religious exemption pursuant to CO Rev Stat § 7-50-105 (2020). The Jewish University of Colorado has based on these laws the authority to confer all usual academic degrees and to grant diplomas, same as other (non-religious) colleges and/or universities. THE JEWISH UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO IS TUITION-FREE AND DOES NOT ACCEPT DONATIONS. (https://law.justia.com/codes/colorado/2020/title-7/article-50/section-7-50-105) §4 All study paths and classes which are offered by JUC’s Indiana Campus (run according to law IC 21-18.5-6-2) meet the requirements of the State of Indiana’s legislation for higher education Code § 21-18.5-6-2.5 (2)  and have been granted the same rights as have been granted to the Colorado campus. §5 Jewish University of Colorado is audited once a year by IAAT (american-academic.org) to ensure that it meets the standards identical to a righteous non-clerical religious university, making it an integral part of the higher education systems of the states of Colorado and Indiana. For further details send an e-mail via the contact form to our legal department. Please note that we will provide legal information outside the United States of America only to official bodies after we were provided with proof of the legitimacy of the request (data protection). Forms B28C, D967C and J1327 have to be asked for from us, filled out in English by the requesting entity and sent back with a signature and an official seal to our central postal address (see main page bottom left in blue letters), or to one of our accredited foreign missions (you may ask). Delegation to individuals affected by such activity, or other third parties is not possible under any circumstances. A processing fee can be ordered by the General Counsel for requests from certain countries, but may not exceed $1,200 per question.