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

Check back for names of additional presenters.

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.

Scheduled Topics

  • “Salvation History” and the Origins of the Tantur Center:  Oscar Cullmann and his Influence on Mid-Twentieth Century Christian Theology
  • Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Salvation:  the Call of Individuals or the Formation of a People in History?
  • Salvation History and the Individual:  Soteriological Perspectives on God’s Work in Time
  • The Covenant in Rabbinic and Later Jewish Theology
  • Israel’s Perspective on Salvation for Israel and for the Nations
  • Covenant and History in Reformed Christianity
  • The Holy Land and Islam:  Jerusalem and the Prophet
  • Holy Places, Holy Times:  Liturgy, Pilgrimage, and the Land
  • Salvation History as a Biblical Hermeneutic:  the Narrative Unity of the Testaments
  • Salvation History as the Foundation of Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue