History of the SGS

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in Cincinnati has a long history of excellence in training scholars. It was founded in 1947 by then president Rabbi Nelson Glueck, Ph.D. as an institution of higher learning for students of all faiths. That date was not coincidental. The major centers of Jewish learning in Germany and elsewhere in Europe had been destroyed by WWII and the Holocaust. It would no longer be possible to import scholars from Europe, as had been the custom in the past. Scholars would need to be trained in America. At the same time, advances in scholarship of the Hebrew Bible and the appreciation of the importance of Jewish sources in the study of the New Testament led to a new reality in the non-Jewish scholarly community. The SGS responded by becoming the new Jewish Studies center. Over the past six decades more than 500 M.A., Ph.D., and D.H.L. degrees have been conferred here. Now in the 21st century, the SGS continues that proud tradition.  

Presidents:

Jeff Cooley, Ph.D., 2013-Present

 Andrew Riley, Ph.D., 2012-13

Karla Suomala, Ph.D., 2008-2012

James Bowley, Ph.D., 2004-2008

Wave Nunnally, Ph.D., 1999-2003

 


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