Explore Jewish Studies and Engage Christian, Muslim Peers | Hartford Seminary

Explore Jewish Studies and Engage Christian, Muslim Peers

Hartford Seminary offers a variety of Jewish Studies courses.  These courses rigorously explore various historical periods of Jewish history – biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern – and seek to understand, contextualize and reflect on Jewish theology, practice and ritual.

In addition to our Jewish studies courses, students in our programs also take courses on Christianity, Islam, and methods of productive interfaith dialogue. Importantly, our shared study of texts and faith occurs in an interfaith environment which respects and takes seriously the multiplicity of faith traditions.  The meaningful relationships that emerge form the groundwork for future professional and academic endeavors.

Programs of interest to Jewish students:

  • International Peacemaking Program – Full scholarships are available for Jewish students in this one-year program focusing on interfaith dialogue and practical peacemaking skills.
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies – Our core course is “Dialogue in a World of Difference,” a team-taught introduction to the lenses and disciplines of contextual, dialogical and interfaith engagement and discourse. Focused areas include Biblical Studies; Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations; Spirituality; Theology and Ethics; and Religious Studies. This program can be completed on campus, online, or as a combination of the two.
  • Doctor of Ministry – This program seeks to provide opportunities for broadened perspectives on ministry that come through the shared wisdom of diverse colleagues and faculty and study in a variety of disciplines. Ministers from a wide variety of Christian denominations, imams, rabbis, chaplains and other faith leaders have completed this degree.


“By going back to the roots of biblical monotheism we may find, to our surprise, a theological basis for respect for difference, based not on relativism but on the concept of covenant.”

Jonathan Sacks
The Dignity of Difference

Boston Theological Institute

Hartford Seminary is a member of this consortium of Boston-area seminaries and theological schools. Hartford Seminary students may take selected courses at any of these member schools. Cross registration is performed online through the BTI website.

Complete your degree with courses from Hebrew College, Harvard Divinity School, and Boston University School of Theology, among others.


Professor Deena Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, joined Hartford Seminary’s faculty in 2017. Visit Professor Grant’s faculty page for more information and view a public lecture given on Feb. 8, 2018, here:

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