The Institute for Hebraic Christian Studies was founded by Dr. Richard Booker and offers courses at the McKinney campus at the Bethany Center. The classes are conducted and taught by Dr. Victoria Sarvadi, a graduate of IHCS Houston, and Chaplain Lisa Depew, a graduate of IHCS McKinney. The institute offers 6 courses that consists of 12 classes in each course. Each year we provide 3 courses in the form of trimesters and will take 2 years to complete the degree.

Those who want to earn an Associates Degree in Hebraic-Christian Studies may do so by answering the questions at the end of each lesson and submitting their answers either on paper or electronically through email on a Word Document. Students who are not interested in earning the diploma need not submit their answers. Classes may be attended through Zoom or in person. Everyone must register.

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Saul of Tarsus – January 17th – April 4th
Understanding Paul in His Historical, Cultural and Jewish Context

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The students will be encouraged to give offerings and they must buy a book. This is a different kind of course, not like JR or advanced.

Saul of Tarsus, better known as the Apostle Paul, is probably the most misunderstood writer in history. We misinterpret Paul’s writing if we read his words as if he was a Western seminary professor.

In this course, you will get to know Paul by learning personal information about him as well as the historical, cultural, Hebraic and archeological background of his letters. As we learn more of this man whose writings have changed the world, may we have a better understanding of his words and the One about whom he was writing.

1 – Getting to Know Paul
2 – Hillel, Gamaliel & Paul
3 – Persecutor to Believer
4 – First Missionary Journey
5 – Second Missionary Journey
6 – Third Missionary Journey
7 – Paul’s Arrest and Trials in Israel
8 – Paul’s Journey to Rome
9 – Paul’s Prison Letters
10 – Romans, Corinthians
11 – Galatians, Thessalonians
12 – Timothy, Titus

At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the life of Saul of Tarsus with a specific emphasis of the historical background and Hebraic perspective of the his life. The student will also be able to understand how to apply this knowledge to his/her life with the ability to explain this knowledge to others.

JR 100 – Discovering Jesus in the Covenants and Rituals. – January 9th – March 27th, 2023. – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

The purpose of this course is to help the student understand the various covenants in the Hebrew Scriptures with a special emphasis on the blood covenant. The student learns the basic blood covenant ritual and God revealed it to Adam, Abraham, Moses and the prophets as a picture of the blood of the everlasting covenant He has made for us through Messiah Jesus.

JR 200 – Discovering Jesus in the Sabbaths and Feasts – May 1 – July 24, 2023

The purpose of this course is to help the student understand why God gave the Sabbath(s) and Feasts in the Hebrew Scriptures. The student will study the meaning of the Sabbath, when and how it is to be kept, and by whom. The student will also study the biblical Feasts as a foreshadowing of the Messiah as well as other Jewish holidays.

JR 300 – Israel and the Nations in History and Prophecy – September 11 – November 13, 2023

This course is to help the student understand God’s plan for Israel and the nations in history and prophecy. The student will gain an overview of the entire history of the Jewish people including their past glory and suffering, present crisis and future hope. The student will also study the prophecies of the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures in light of their fulfillment in Jesus.




Primary Teacher, Graduate IHCS 1999, Doctorate in Theology, CSBR & HCG



Teacher, Graduate IHCS 2018


Richard Booker, PHD, ORD.

Teacher, Founder of IHCS