Objectives: A careful reading of the primary sources. A deeper awareness of potentials linked to hermeneutics. Having a Jewish-Christian dialogue based on tradition. Acquisition of a methodology of research in the field of Jewish-Christian classical texts and hermeneutics. A careful critical reading of primary sources. A deeper mindfulness of potentials linked to hermeneutics. Having a Jewish-Christian dialogue based on tradition.

Content: Both Judaism and Christianity regard themselves as an interpretation of “Holy Scripture”. Both have moulded – after the establishment of the Biblical Canon – the notion of a “normative reading” of their respective traditions. On the one hand, the “Classics of Judaism” (Jacob Neusner), Mishnah, Talmud and Midrashim, as well as the Medieval Commentaries; on the other, the so-called “Tradition of the Church”, the Magisterium with Patristic and Scholastic Theology. Whilst the Jewish and Christian hermeneutics of these texts, has classically been considered in conflict with the other, today there is a growing awareness that “on the practical level of exegesis, Christians can, nonetheless, learn much from Jewish exegesis practiced for more than two thousand years, and, in fact, they have learned much in the course of history” (The Pontifical Biblical Commission: The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible). Participants in this seminar, led by a Rabbi and a Lecturer at the Cardinal Bea Centre, will be introduced to the reading of classical Jewish writings with the objective to access hermeneutical and methodological criteria capable of both leading to a traditional comprehension and a novel understanding that springs from a common study. This happens inductively, through careful reading, in English and Italian, of selected passages from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. This may bring the Christian-Jewish dialogue to a level of authenticity where the recognition of each tradition may dispose the participants to discover possibilities, inherent in the very same traditions, to go beyond the reiteration of their respective differences.

Methodology: After an initial session presenting the overall methodology and topical content of the seminar, one full class will be devoted to the specific methodology of research in the area of Jewish-Christian hermeneutics. The other sessions of the seminar will be led by student (or a pair of students), inductively guiding a group discussion, through a careful reading (in English and Italian) of selected passages from the “modern and contemporary periods” of both Judaism and Christianity. Active participation of all students, accurate and critical reading of the texts, text-based discussion and debate, student presentations and methodology of oral presentation, classroom discussions.

Evaluation: The grade for the evaluation will be based on the oral presentation each student will be called to do during the semester, as well as on the proper and regular submission of the weekly assignment (bullet point summary of weekly readings) as well as oral active participation and engagement with the seminar.


  • Semestre: 1° Semestre
  • ECTS: 5



Orario lezioni/Aula

Semestre Giorno Dalle Alle Aula Piano Palazzo Note
1° Semestre Martedì 15.00 15.45 T302 3 Traspontina
1° Semestre Martedì 16.00 16.45 T302 3 Traspontina


  • It will be indicated at the beginning of the seminar, according to weekly topic.