2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]
Graduate Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies
A Joint Program of Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine*
Gratz College, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania**
“When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People, “the first to hear the Word of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 839).
A knowledge of Judaism greatly increases one’s comprehension and appreciation of Christianity. To this end, Saint Joseph’s College has partnered with Gratz College to offer students of all faiths the opportunity to learn both Judaism and Christanity from believing, practicing Jews and Catholic Christians. The program delves into the theology and liturgy of each faith community, noting points of convergence and divergence, in a spirit of mutual respect and dignity. Upon completion of this certificate, students will gain the following:
- A deeper understanding of Jewish and Christian beliefs and practices;
- A broader knowledge of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity;
- A greater appreciation for the importance of Jewish-Christian dialogue.
* Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912. Rooted in and professing fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Joseph’s College nurtures intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in students of all ages and all faiths within a value-centered environment. It offers a wide range of theological programs.
** Gratz College has the distinction of being the oldest pluralistic college for Jewish Studies in North America. It welcomes students from all backgrounds and religious traditions, while maintaining its commitment to the principle of “education grounded in Jewish values.” As a pluralistic institution, Gratz does not identify with a particular Jewish ideology or movement. With its scholarly and experienced faculty, Gratz is rooted in history and tradition, as well as focused on the future of Jewis education. Its programs range from a thriving Jewish Community High School to a highly regarded doctoral program in Jewish education.