Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies
Director Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, SJ
The Cardinal Bea Centre of the Gregorian University - taking its name and inspiration from the far-seeing vision of the Jesuit Augustin Bea, the principal architect of the very declaration Nostra Aetate - 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.
Characteristics and goals of the Centre:
proposes courses and seminars on a deeper study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations to train specialists of Jewish studies as well as students who desire to deepen their knowledge of Judaism coming from various faculties and institutions of the Gregorian University, e. g. the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Philosophy.
contributes to the research on Jewish Studies, in particular to the development of a Christian theology of not only the “Old Testament”, but of Judaism and the Jewish people, using the resources of the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
In particular, thanks to the SIDIC Collection (Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne, founded in 1965 and donated to the Gregorian University by the Sisters of Sion in 2002), the Library of the Gregorian today has at its disposal a heritage in the field of Jewish-Christian relations which is considered one of the most important in the world.
engages in international academic exchanges of professors and students with institutions in various countries, in particular with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other institutions of higher learning in Israel, in the United States and Europe.
organizes lectures and conferences, meetings with the Jewish Community in Rome and Italy, international events for specialists, students and the wider public in order to foster the growth of knowledge concerning Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations, help overcome prejudices and constitute a platform for dialogue and interaction.
Degrees awarded by the Centre
The Centre awards a Diploma (1 year; 60 ECTS) and a Master's Degree (2 years; 120 ECTS).