Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program


esther scroll.jpgSeton Hall University’s Master of Arts in Jewish-Christian Studies (JCST) graduate program seeks to build an internationally diverse community of scholars, educators and students dedicated to eliminating prejudice through understanding. Studies therefore focus on the interdisciplinary study of sacred texts in their historical and social world context and utilize critical methods to promote honest and in-depth analyses of the individuals and communities that produced them.

codex-climaci-rescriptusThis Jewish-Christian critical awareness trains students how to deconstruct bigotry and intolerance and how to effectively address complex religious, ethical and social issues that promote justice and peace. The JCST program offers students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies through coursework and independent research and to work towards either a Master of Arts degree or a Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies.


The Department requires M.A. students to select one of the two following study options in consultation with a program adviser:

Thesis Program

Students in the thesis program must complete 27 credits offered by the Department of Religion and 6 credits in the reading of Hebrew texts.  Approval by the program adviser must be obtained for all courses chosen. Additionally, all students who pursue this program are required to prepare and defend a thesis based on their independent research. The thesis must make a contribution to continuing research in some aspect of Jewish-Christian studies. Three credits must be completed in JCST 9001 Thesis (with the topic approved by the Thesis Committee). After consultation with the faculty, students with a strong background in research may choose to do a more extensive investigation of an approved topic and produce a thesis for 6 credits (JCST 9002).

Non-Thesis Program

Students in the non-thesis program must complete 36 credits in Jewish-Christian Studies, selecting courses with the approval of the program adviser. Students must also demonstrate a basic knowledge of biblical Hebrew.


Students who complete Christian-Jewish Encounter (JCST 6001) and three additional Jewish-Christian studies courses (12 total credits) may apply for a certificate, which meets the New Jersey mandate for K-12 education about the Holocaust and genocide. Courses are selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.


Hebrew Language

JCST 6005-6006
Biblical Readings in Hebrew Bible I and II

JCST 6007
Readings in Qumran Literature

JCST 6008
Rabbinic Readings in Hebrew

JCST 6009
Biblical Readings in Hebrew Bible III

Sacred Texts

JCST 6010
Biblical Thought I: The Hebrew Scriptures

JCST 6011
Biblical Thought II: Paul and John

JCST 6012
The Jewish Texture of the Gospels

JCST 6013
Hebrews and Catholic Epistles

JCST 7038
Bible and Masorah

JCST 7046
Teachings of Jesus

Scriptural Interpretative Development

JCST 7030
Law and Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives

JCST 7033
Biblical and Jewish Eschatology

JCST 7034
Biblical Interpretation and the Religious Experience

JCST 7036
Peace and War in Bible and Jewish Tradition

JCST 7041
Jewish Roots of Christian Spirituality

JCST 7043
Jewish and Early Christian Prayer

JCST 7045
Fall of Jerusalem: Jewish and Christian Interpretations

Rabbinics & Jewish Philosophy

JCST 6024
Medieval Jewish Thinkers

JCST 6028
Modern Jewish Thinkers

JCST 7031
Jewish Mysticism

JCST 7035
Jewish Philosophy of Education

JCST 7037
Jewish Law

JCST 7570
Modern Jewish Ethics

Jewish History

JCST 6020
Jewish History I: Bible to Talmud

JCST 6021
Jewish History II: Medieval to Modern

JCST 6022
Judaism in the Second Temple Period

JCST 6027
The Middle East in the 20th Century

JCST 7042
Dead Sea Scrolls and Variegated Judaism

Christian-Jewish Encounter & Social Service

JCST 6001
An Encounter between Christians and Jews

JCST 6015
Cross-Cultural Analysis for Jewish-Christian Studies

JCST 6016
Values for a Pluralistic Society

JCST 6017
Jewish and Christian Foundations for Social Service

JCST 7588
Collaborative Models for Integral Ecology

Holocaust Studies

JCST 6014
Lessons from the Holocaust

JCST 6029
The Holocaust: History and Interpretation

JCST 7047
Philosophic Perspectives on the Shoah