Jerusalem institute gets $2.2 million to teach religious texts to Christians

A Torah scroll. A new grant to the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem will allow Christians to study Jewish texts. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem has received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S.-based Templeton Foundation for the purpose of teaching Jewish religious texts to both Christians and Jews.

“We’re not just talking about Christians wanting to help Jews out of solidarity or charity,” said Herzl Institute President Yoram Hazony, the Religion News Service reported. “We are talking about the dominant faith of Western civilization saying: ‘The Jews have something to give us, something that we need.’ This is not something that appears in the old playbook for Jewish-Christian dialogue.”

Another partnership that is underway between the Herzl Institute and King’s College in Manhattan will send Christian students to Jerusalem to study in a “Hebraic Heritage” course over the summer.

“This is completely new dialogue, where we look at Old Testament text and rabbinic texts and Christians are willing to look at Judaism and the Jewish text through Jewish eyes with Jewish lecturers,” Hazony said.

Posted on October 14, 2014 .