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Visiting Professorship at the Pontifical Gregorian University


Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Visiting Professorship

at the
Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome


In the context of the ongoing exchange program between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem through its Center for the Study of Christianity, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome through its Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, the position of Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies at the Gregorian University is due to become available for the Academic Year 2018-19.

18th Annual Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Lecture will be the opening lecture of a series of talks on the occasion of The Year of Cardinal Bea – 50th Anniversary. Cardinal Augustin Bea, the eponymous inspiration of the Gregorian’s Centre for Judaic Studies, was one of the main architects of the Second Vatican Council and co-author of Nostra Aetate, the document that set into motion a profound renewal of appreciation of Judaism and the Jewish people by the Catholic Church. The given topic of the lecture, entitled “Rewriting Nostra Aetate”, should explore, from a Jewish perspective, what the document should be like were it written today, after 60 years of Jewish-Christian dialogue and relations. A speaker will also be asked to present a lecture on the topic from a Christian perspective.

The suggested date for the Public Lecture is Wednesday, 7 November, 2018. Potential publication of the lecture in an academic journal or monographic volume is anticipated. During the two-day tenure of the Visiting Professor, a meeting with graduate students is scheduled to further engage with the lecture’s theme.

The Pontifical Gregorian University is distinguished by its international character with professorial staff and students coming from over 130 countries around the world. Gifted by the presence of such diversity, which includes students from different religious backgrounds, the Cardinal Bea Centre’s unique perspective is dedicated to the promotion of a theological knowledge and understanding of Judaism
from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective as well as the teaching, research, and academic exchanges between Christians and Jews, in order to foster a mutually enriching relationship.

The Professorship includes an honorarium of Euro 500,00 as well as travel expenses and accommodation for one week. All payments are exempt from Italian taxation.

Letters of application, including a CV, are due by
24 May, 2018. A decision will be announced by 11 June, 2018.

Please send applications to:
     The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
     The Centre for the Study of Christianity
     Faculty of Humanities
     Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501

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Visiting Professors



2018-2019, Prof. Israel Jacob YuvalHistory of the Jewish People

The Impact of Nostra Aetate on Jewish Studies


2017-2018, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, History of the Jewish People

A Jewish and a Democratic State - Can These Dimensions Dwell in Harmony? A Historical-Constitutional Perspective


2016-2017, Prof. Michael Segal, Bible

"Daniel's Throne" and its Earliest Jewish and Christian Readings


2015-2016, Prof. Rina Talgam, History of Art

Sacred Histories in Sacred Spaces. Late Antique Synagogues and Churches in the Holy Land


2014-2015, Prof. Marc Hirshman, The Melton Center for Jewish Education 

Song, Speech and Silence: Jewish and Christian Education in Late Antiquity


2013-2014, Prof. Israel Jacob YuvalHistory of the Jewish People

Did Rabbinic Judaism Emerge out of Christianity?


2012-2013, Prof. Yair Zakovitch, Bible

Intermarriage and Halachic Creativity: Reading the Book of Ruth


2011-2012, Prof. Isaiah GafniHistory of the Jewish People

From Temple to Text: Rabbinic Judaism as Default or Destiny


2010-2011, Prof. Immanuel Etkes, History of the Jewish People

Hasidism: From an Esoteric Circle to a Mass Movement


2009-2010, Prof. Lee I. Levine, Institute of Archaeology and History of the Jewish People

How, When, and Why Did Jerusalem Emerge as the Sacred City of the Jews? 


2008-2009, Prof. Emanuel Tov, Bible

The Septuagint between Judaism and Christianity


2007-2008, Prof. Sara Japhet, Bible

The Status of Women in the Old Testament 


2006-2007, Dr. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Comparative Religion

Pilgrimage in Judaism and Early Christianity


2005-2006, Dr. Meir Buzaglo, Philosophy

"Let There Be Light": The God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers in Rabbinic Midrash


2004-2005, Dr. Emmanuelle Main, History of the Jewish People

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Jerusalem: Three Cities in One?


2003-2004, Prof. Roberto Bonfil, History of the Jewish People

Mosé: Riflessioni sulla polisemia di una figura biblica


2002-2003, Dr. David SatranComparative Religion

"By Persuasion and not by Force": A Theme in Early Jewish and Christian Literature


2001-2002, Prof. Guy G. Stroumsa, Comparative Religion

Antiquitates Judaicae: The Early Modern Study of Israelite Religion


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