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. A professor at Lund University in Sweden, Jesper Svartvik, teaches at the Swedish Theological Institute. His chair is named after Krister Stendahl, the renowned Professor and Dean of Harvard Divinity School, who also served as a Church of Sweden Bishop in the diocese of Stockholm.
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.
A course at the Swedish Theological Institute…
always provides a fundamental orientation on Jerusalem, both in history and in modern times. The courses often have a specific theme, which is addressed by lectures and excursions. Themes include interreligious relations, scriptural hermeneutics in the three religious traditions, the roots of earliest Christianity, local church traditions, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. We offer courses both in English and in Swedish. The cooperation with the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University guarantees a high quality.