June 10th, 2011 | by mihai |

Tel Aviv University

Advanced Summer Program for the Study of

Jewish-Christian Encounters in the Early Centuries CE


The Advanced Summer program for the Study of Jewish-Christian Encounters in the Early Centuries CE, under the auspices of the Religious Studies program in Tel Aviv University, is a 6 week English-language program, geared towards advanced students (M.A., M.Div., M.A.R, Ph.D., etc.) in ancient Judaism and early Christianity, from the United States and Europe. With the guidance of its international academic board of renowned scholars, the program aims to build bridges between these disciplines, that will ultimately facilitate interdisciplinary work.

The program will provide English-speaking students with basic scholarly skills in the Hebrew language and in Rabbinic literature and culture. It will expose them to current scholarship and to leading Israeli scholars in these fields, as well as to various archeological sites.

The summer program will offer traditional classroom instruction as well as scholarly day tours to ancient Jewish and Christian sites. It will provide the equivalent of two American academic courses in the English language and they are as follows:

  1. A Hebrew course. The course will be offered in two levels (depending on enrollment):
    1. Hebrew for beginners. Intended for students with no Hebrew background.
    2. Readings in rabbinic literature. Intended for students with some background in Hebrew (biblical or modern).

2. An introductory course entitled “Jewish-Christian encounters”. The course will employ scientific, historical and philosophical tools to examine various texts, concepts, and cultural realia of Talmudic times in the land of Israel. The course will integrate visits to key locations in the Galilee and Jerusalem, as well as to various archeological digs, and will include a lecture series with leading scholars.

In addition, a non-credit course entitled “Talmud and Theology” will examine Talmudic discussions that engage key theological themes, and explore their relevance for contemporary Jewish thought and practice.


To register, please print and fill out this form.

Please send registration form to:
Attn: Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal
The School For Overseas Student
Tel Aviv University
The Carter Building, Room 108
Ramat Aviv, Israel, 69978
Or by email to:


The courses will be taught on the Tel Aviv University campus, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, June 19th-July 29th, 2011. Accommodations are available at the recently renovated on-campus housing.

Application deadline: May 15th, 2011.

Cost for students: $3,175 (covering tuition, accommodation, health insurance, tours and entrance to sites).

For more information about the program please visit our webpage.

Academic Heads

Dr. Ishay Rosen-Zvi

Dr. Nehama Verbin

Academic Coordinator

Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal

Academic Board

Prof. Albert Baumgarten (Second Temple Judaism, Bar Ilan University)

Prof. Shaye J.D. Cohen (Rabbinics, Harvard University)

Prof. Adela Yarbro Collins (Early Christianity, Yale University)

Prof. John J. Collins (Second Temple, Yale University)

Prof. Moshe Florentin (Hebrew Language, Tel Aviv University)

Prof. Steven Fraade (Rabbinics, Yale University)

Prof. Jo Ann Hackett (Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas)

Prof. Christine Hayes (Rabbinics, Yale University)

Prof. John Huehnergard (Semitic Languages, University of Texas)

Prof. Joshua Levinson (Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum (Jewish Philosophy, Tel Aviv University)

Prof. Tzvi Novick (Rabbinics, Notre Dame University)

Prof. Vered Noam (Second Temple and Rabbinics, Tel Aviv University)



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