History and Logo

JS’ History and Logo

Jerusalem Seminary’s logo captures the centrality of Jerusalem to biblical faith and resonates with Psalms 48 and 76, Acts 1:8 as well as Ezekiel 5:5, “The Lord GOD says: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries roundabout her.”
Jerusalem Seminary grew out of a vision promoted through the Jerusalem Biblical Studies Society (JBSS, established 2006). This vision was for Jewish and Christian education in the lands of the Bible based upon Micah’s belief that “instruction will go forth from Jerusalem” (Micah 4:2).
Our logo is based upon the medieval woodcut map from 1581 by the German pastor and  theologian Heinrich Bünting. Jerusalem is in the center (blue) and is surrounded by Europe (red), Asia (green), and Africa (yellow). Such an understanding is rooted in Scripture with Ezekiel 38:12 revealing Jerusalem as “the center of the world” and is followed in Luke and Acts where the Gospel radiates from Jerusalem. We hope that Jerusalem will capture the hearts and minds of pilgrims and scholars alike to build a society that values Biblical study and experience in Jerusalem.

Our contemporary logo design incorporates all the elements of Heinrich Bünting’s map, Jerusalem Seminary’s initials veiled within it (the “j” and the “s” depicted below), the idea of fish hooks alluding to the message of “being fishers of men” as well as incorporating the idea of the “word of the Lord” going out from Jerusalem and returning to her.

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