Our update of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies’ online archive or eRepository was completed this month. The eRepository is a publishing service for the preservation and dissemination of university scholarly work that is maintained by the Seton Hall University Libraries in partnership with the Seton Hall Law School.
We added the following six new series to our eRepository collection:
- A Reflection of Laudato Si’: Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment – This is an audio recording of Cardinal Peter Turkson’s 2016 reflections on Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’,” which he helped to write. It includes Archbishop John Joseph Myers’ introduction, Cardinal Peter Turskson’s full address and the Q&A session that followed.
- John M. Oesterreicher 2013 Conference – In honor of our 60th anniversary, the Institute hosted the Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher Conference at Seton Hall University on September 22, 2013. This video features the presentation of the keynote speaker, Professor John Connelly. He spoke about the life of Msgr. Oesterreicher and his role as a principal architect of “Nostra aetate, 4” during the Second Vatican Council and the impact Monsignor had on the Church’s view of Judaism.
- John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lectures – The Institute has hosted an annual lecture since 1993 in honor of the life and legacy of our founding director, Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher. This series contains the video and audio recordings of the presentations from 2014-2022.
- Pope John XXIII & the Jews – On March 30, 2014 the Institute sponsored a lecture to commemorate the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. This audio recording features the presentation of speaker, Rabbi Dr. David G. Dalin, who discussed the many ways in which Pope John XXIII influenced Catholic-Jewish relations, both as the former Vatican diplomat in Turkey and Greece during World War II and later as the Vicar of Christ in Rome.
- Radio Interviews with Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher – Taped in the 1990s, this series features some of my earliest interviews with Msgr. Oesterreicher on the Institute’s radio program, “The Kinship of Catholics & Jews,” which still broadcasts today on WSOU 89.5 FM every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.
- The Life and Legacy of Msgr. Oesterreicher – Made to commemorate our 60th anniversary, this short video recounts the life and legacy of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies’ founding director, Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher.
Photographs, publications, videos and audio recordings have been added throughout these and the other five series in the collection. As you will note, these materials represent both current work, such as the video recording of the 2022 Msgr. Oesterreicher Lecture delivered by Rabbi Alan Brill, Ph.D., and historic work, such as audio recordings of my interviews with John Oesterreicher in the early 1990s about the Decalogue.
John and my reflections on the Ten Commandments, housed in the Radio Interviews with Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher series, have never been published. How apropos it is to do so now as I am in the season of life that he was when I interviewed him 30 years ago.
Thus far people from 129 countries have downloaded documents from our online archive more than 12 thousand times. I invite you to join them and explore the materials we have in our Institute’s eRepository. May you find hidden treasures there!
Happy is the one who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding!
Her profit is better than profit in silver,
and better than gold is her revenue;
She is more precious than corals,
and no treasure of yours can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand,
in her left are riches and honor;
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace;
She is a tree of life to those who grasp her,
and those who hold her fast are happy.