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The Swedish Theological Institute

The Swedish Theological Institute is the Church of Sweden's study and dialogue institute in Jerusalem. It is a place for studies and meetings for people of different faiths and traditions.

The Swedish Theological Institute is a meeting place for people in Jerusalem as well as for temporary visitors, from different parts of the world, who are involved in matters concerning religion, culture and dialogue.

The Swedish Theological Institute seeks to further a deeper understanding of the religious traditions in Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem was founded in 1951. It is located in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, erected in 1882 in the Street of the Prophets. The building is well-known in Jerusalem as the Beit Tavor and was constructed by the famous architect Conrad Schick. The Swedish Theological Institute is owned by the Church of Sweden, and the premises also host the Chapel of Saint Bridget, where the local Swedish congregation worships.

The Swedish Theological Institute also offers an opportunity to study the many different types of interfaith dialogue which exist in Jerusalem. Since Judaism, Christianity and Islam are scripture-based religions, in-depth study of languages, texts and traditions are of fundamental importance.

The uniqueness of Jerusalem is not just due to the long and troubled history of the city, but is also the result of the many traditions – religious, cultural and political – that now coexist in the area. Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Their Holy Scriptures, constantly read and studied in worship and teaching, are crucial to the beliefs, rites and daily life of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Hans Kosmala Library

The library is located in the same room within the premises of the Beit Tavor since the days of Conrad Schick. The library is accessible for scholars and course participants at the STI.


Our institute receive hundreds of visitors every year. Welcome to contact us.