Connected to the Roots: The Online Classroom of Dr. Chad Foster
The Virtual Classroom of Dr. Chad Foster
Welcome to the virtual classroom of the Rev. Dr. Chad Foster of Immanuel congregation in Murray, KY. Dr. Foster offers two weekly classes to the public. The Sunday morning class is archived on this page and the Torah Tuesday class is linked above.
The virtual classroom will offer some of the handouts, audio, and in some cases, video, from the classes. However, the best way to experience the classes is in person. Often, there are "bonus" discussions and material that are not recorded or posted online.
The Sunday morning class meets at Immanuel at 9:00am and Torah Tuesdays meets at Immanuel at 7:00pm. Immanuel is located at 100 South 15th Street in Murray (right across from Sparks Hall of Murray State University). Contact us also for information about Biblical Festivals and Shabbat events.
The Sunday Shul Class
The current Sunday morning course being offered at Immanuel is entitled The Chronicles of Messiah.
This course is about the greatest story ever told! The course will be a Hebraic roots commentary using a narrative approach to the four Gospels, following the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth from his birth to his ascension. We will read the Gospel story in its historical and original Jewish context; unravel the difficult words and parables of the Master from Nazareth; study rabbinic parallels to the Gospel teachings; and discover the true Gospel message and call to discipleship.
For the most part, we will do a passage by passage study through the story of the Messiah in one continuous Gospel narrative, which will also be keyed to the Torah and prophetic writings.
We will study the life of Rabbi Jesus through Hebraic eyes, stripping away centuries of theological dressings and cultural misinterpretations. For many, this course will be like reading the Gospels for the very first time!
Below are some of the handouts and audio from the class.
Click here for your first-century toolbox.
Handout Class Sixteen Audio Malfunction! Sorry :-(
Handout for Eighty-five (Major Audio/Visual malfunction. Best class ever, too!)
Handout for Class 101 Major Malfunction! So sorry.
Some Previous Classes
Please Enjoy the Following Materials from Previous Sunday Courses:The Book of James
The book of James (aka, "The Responsa of Jacob") has a universal moral and ethical message. Written at the beginning of the “Jesus movement,” the brother of Jesus was witnessing some of the controversies and issues pressuring the new assembly. How would this new community of Jewish believers, now fully accepting Gentile converts, resolve the tensions between the two worldviews?
In this class, we simply went verse-by-verse, translating the text from the Greek and Hebrew sources, to uncover how James engages the delicate topics such as works and grace, obedience and charity, and other ethical dilemmas. Some of the audio from the classes are listed below. Please enjoy.
Week Two Audio for James (the first few minutes are bad quality, but stick with it, for it does improve!)
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of Scripture. We post some of the materials from this course for your listening pleasure.
The discovery of the texts at
The discovery of non-biblical texts was also very important. This greatly increased our knowledge of Jewish movements during the
Below are some of the materials from the classes.