Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher established the IJCS at Seton Hall University in 1953. It is the oldest academic institution in the world dedicated to Catholic-Jewish relations.
IJCS’s mission flows from God’s call to serve and to be a blessing to the world. The Institute’s work is guided by the underlying principles of the constitutions and decrees of the Second Vatican Council, especially Nostra aetate and the Holy See’s documents to implement the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people.
In partnership with Seton Hall, IJCS promotes peace-building through three program areas:
- Research and Publication
- In-Depth Study and Education
- Engagement and Collaboration
Education is one of the most effective ways to instill understanding and mutual collaboration. Msgr. Oesterreicher therefore made it a priority to develop the world’s first Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies (JCST) in 1975. The program aims to build an internationally diverse community of leaders, scholars, educators and students.
JCST faculty educate people from all faith backgrounds in many facets of interreligious and multicultural relations. JCST studies focus on the interdisciplinary study of sacred texts in their historical and social world context. Critical methods promote honest and in-depth analyses of the individuals and communities that produced them.
Students develop a critical awareness of the relationship between Jews and Christians. Through these types of studies, they learn how to address complex religious, ethical and social issues and how to promote justice and peace.
JSCT graduates are prepared for doctoral Biblical and religious studies, or for any facet of interreligious and multicultural relations, dialogue and diplomatic encounters — from teaching to ecumenical administration to seminary.
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