Beit Netzarim Yeshiva has a vital role in filling a present gap in theological education. The prevailing emphasis of the Yeshiva is Torah and Messiah. Within that emphasis Beit Netzarim Yeshiva strives to prepare qualified candidate for authentic service in the Body of Messiah, through the seeking of excellence in textual criticism, biblical interpretation, systematic theology and apologetics. Beit Netzatim desires to train the layman and professional, starting at the level they find themselves.
Beit Netzarim and its founders feel there is a need for an institution, which will instruct both the layman and the professional Messianic believer with the same high level of education offered in a Rabbinic Yeshiva. Many of those calling themselves "Rabbi" within the Hebraic Roots and Messianic movements do not have the same level of education held by their Rabbinic counterparts. The purpose of this Yeshiva is to offer a solution to this situation.
Beit Netzarim is a training institution for the development of all believers who are dedicated to the study of the Word of Elohim. Admission is basically open to those desiring to learn, whether the talmid is preparing for full-time ministry, part-time ministry, or has no intent to enter the ministry. We fully realize that some talmidim may simply wish to take courses and not work toward graduation.
A RETURN TO IN-DEPTH LEARNING
The Yeshiva believes in the close teacher/student concept that characterized the ancient Yeshivas of the Second Temple Era. The Yeshiva will, without compromise, guide talmidim (students) through a complete theological education, even more in-depth than in a Rabbinical Yeshiva or Christian Seminary setting.
A WORLD IN DARKNESS
The Yeshiva believes we are facing more difficult times than ever in the current cultural rejection of Torah. The Yeshiva is dedicated to teaching an training talmidim who will “come as they are” educationally and allow us to build a knowledge of Torah in their hearts and in their minds in order to face a world in darkness.
CURRENT STUDY PLAN
The Yeshiva is a training institute for the development of all believers who are dedicated to the study of YHWH’s Word. Admission is based on desire to learn, regardless of whether the talmid is in ministry or a layman. Advanced study is possible and desirable for those wishing to obtain Yeshiva degrees and s’mikah (ordination, certificate of rabbinate). We also clearly realize that some layman will not wish to work toward graduation. We are committed to teaching those who desire to learn.
EIGHTEEN WEEK SEMESTER
Beit Netzarim Yeshiva is currently on an eighteen week semester system, with one week off during each semester, one for Sukkot and one for Passover. An eighteen week semester is necessary to accommodate the in depth nature of many Yeshiva classes. While the Yeshiva is based on an eighteen week semester concept, students may proceed at their own pace, provided that class materials are already available online.
Beit Netzarim Yeshiva has created an online library of links to many important online books and other resources.
The Yeshiva is not accredited at this time. The Yeshiva is organized and operated under the approbation of the International Nazarene Beit Din and is recognized by the WNAE ( http://www.wnae.org ).
The Yeshiva will consider applications for admission to its theological educational programs from all “qualified students”.
ACCADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Talmidim having personal, spiritual, emotional, or academic problems that impact on their Yeshiva work, may need to have correspondence with the Academic Affairs
Committee, chaired by the Rosh Yeshiva. The Committee will offer advice or issue directives to help the talmid through the difficulties being experienced. The talmid may
be advised to cut back on the class load or remain out of the Yeshiva for a semester in order to facilitate a return and study at a peak level.
The Committee may also place a student on academic probation until the problems are overcome or until the talmid is performing satisfactorily. Issues that may bring students
before the Committee include: 1) Needing advice or prayer for spiritual problems or domestic difficulties; 2) Grave moral difficulties; 3) Ongoing academic problems;
4) Difficulties in attendance, or lateness to class (for “campus” classes) and 5) Ongoing tardiness in completing assignments or work requirements.
The Yeshiva reserves the right to terminate a talmid at any time for grave reason. The Rosh Yeshiva shall terminate a student by letter stating the specific reason or reasons for such termination.
A credit is defined as the equivalent of thirty hours of Yeshiva involvement/engagement. Credit Hour value equivalents are given under the Course Descriptions under each
YESHIVA STUDIES AND DISCIPLINE
Yeshiva candidates should have a reading knowledge of the Scriptures. The talmid is expected to exhibit a mature results-oriented perspective. Yeshiva education is
preparation for the Rabbinate. As such, self discipline is expected of the talmid. The talmid will be expected to evaluate his/her personal effectiveness and goals in their
studies. This type of disciplined study presumes several things:
a) An ongoing commitment and inquisitive curiosity on the part of the talmid with the rabbis and instructors providing challenge and guidance. The course work is substantive and demanding and assumes a basic knowledge of the Scriptures.
b) An ability to independently secure and read with intelligent criticism the various text books and monographs in the area of study with an eye to learning and broadening one’s appreciation;
c) An ability to reflect in a positive spirit and put down in thought and practice both the question and the reasoned answer;
d) A willingness to meet all requirements and deadlines in a timely manner.
Each talmid is required to keep the Yeshiva advised as to his current residence and mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number.
S’MIKHAH AND SPONSORSHIP
The Yeshiva does not recommend a talmid for s’mikhah per se, under any circumstances. The Yeshiva will only warrant that a given talmid has successfully completed the course
of instruction. The Yeshiva is not responsible for the qualifications required by authorities other than the International Nazarene Beit Din for those seeking s’mikhah.
The requirements for s’mikhah differ from organization to organization, therefore the one responsibility of the Yeshiva is to provide quality theological education for the
preparation of the rabbinate.
Neither the Yeshiva, its staff, nor any member of the International Nazarene Beit Din, or the WNAE guarantees s’mikhah as a Rabbi. The completion of a course of studies is only one among several requirements for ordination. The Yeshiva is held harmless by the several leaders who sponsor talmidim from any obligation to confer s’mikhah.
Beit Netzarim uses a 4.0 grading system.
4.0 = A; 3.0 = B; 2.0 = C; 1.0 = D
F = Unacceptable; I = Incomplete; W = Withdrawal
Yeshiva talmidim must complete all assignments and requirements before credit can be given.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Transfer credits MAY be accepted by Beit Netzarim Yeshiva. All requests for transfer of credits must be made to the Rosh Yeshiva.
Davar Bible School
In 2008 Beit Netzarim Yeshiva established the Davar Bible School as a vehicle to offer free Bible correspondence courses under the umbrella of Beit Netzarim Yeshiva. Students of Davar Bible School earn a small amount of credit at Beit Netzarim Yeshiva. Currently only one six lesson course is being offered through Davar Bible School. The Davar Bible Correspondence Course, an informative course of study will help you understand the clear, simple, plain truths of your Bible. The only textbook you will need for this correspondence course is your Bible. You will be richly rewarded with enlightening new truth in each lesson.
Dr. James Scott Trimm
Rosh Yeshiva, Professor
S.T.D. Semitic Studies, St. John Chrysostom Theological Seminary
Ordained Rabbi; Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim and
International Nazarene Beit Din