Tantur Summer Seminar



Dates: July 5–17, 2018

Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, Israel

Daily Structure

  • 9:00 AM  Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Morning Seminar led by a senior participant and a graduate student; focus on the day's readings
  • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM  Afternoon Session led by two students; How does this subject, these readings, affect the present life of Christians?
  • 5:15 PM  Evening Prayer
  • A Catholic Eucharist will also be celebrated at 8:00 AM each day, for those who wish to take part.

Special Events

  • Public lectures by senior participants.
  • Local field trips to holy sites, places that reveal local Christian diversity.
  • Sunday: Mass at Melkite Cathedral and visits to Lutheran or Anglican center and Orthodox Patriarchate.

Seminar Organizer

  • Fr. Brian Daley, SJ - University of Notre Dame

Additional Presenters

  • John Bergsma (Franciscan University)
  • Anthony Giambrone, OP  (Ecole Biblique)
  • Tzvi Novick (Notre Dame)
  • Eugene Korn (Independent Scholar)
  • Gavin d’Costa  (University of Bristol)
  • Jutta Sperber (University of Münster)
  • Gerald McKenny (Notre Dame)
  • Neil Arner (Notre Dame)

How to Apply

To apply, email a CV, one letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor, and a 500-word essay regarding your interest in this seminar to Marianne FitzGerald, mfitzg14@nd.edu. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis

Benefits for Participants

Accepted applicants will be provided with room and board at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem from July 4 through July 17, 2018, and a $500 subvention to support travel. Travel must be arranged through the University of Notre Dame.


Wednesday, July 4:  Arrivals

Thursday, July 5:  The Idea of Salvation History and the Origin of the Tantur Center

             Brian Daley, SJ (Notre Dame)

Friday, July 6:  Salvation History and the Christian Reading of the Bible

            John Bergsma (Franciscan University)


Monday, July 9:   The New Testament and Salvation History

             Anthony Giambrone, OP  (Ecole Biblique)

Tuesday, July 10:  The Covenant and History in Rabbibic Theology

             Tzvi Novick (Notre Dame)

Wednesday, July 11:  God’s Covenant with Israel and the Salvation of the Nations

              Eugene Korn (Independent Scholar)

Thursday, July 12:  Sacred History and the Salvation of non-Biblical Peoples

              Gavin d’Costa  (University of Bristol)

Friday, July 13:  Salvation History and Islam

              Jutta Sperber (University of Münster)


Monday, July 16:  Covenant and History for Reformed Christians

             Gerald McKenny (Notre Dame)

Tuesday, July 17:  Salvation History, Christian Ecumenism, and Interfaith Dialogue

             Neil Arner (Notre Dame)

Wednesday, July 18:  Departures