Dean : Rev. DR. Alfred Joseph A
Courses and Eligibility
Following are the courses offered by the Faculty of Theology:

1. Certificate Course in Biblical Studies (C.B.S)
The minimum qualification for this course is Higher Secondary or its equivalent and sufficient knowledge of English. This course consists of minimum 2 semesters during which the candidate has to obtain 30 credits
in Biblical studies.

2. Certificate Course in Theology (C. Th.)
Those who have minimum qualification of Higher Secondary or its equivalent and who fulfill the conditions prescribed by the Institute are eligible for this course. This course of two semesters (30 credits) is meant
for those students who are not candidates for priesthood.

3. Diploma Course in Theology (Dip. Th.)
Those who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (B.Ph.) or Diploma in Philosophy (Dip. Ph.)or Certificate Course in Philosophy (C. Ph.) or equivalent are eligible for this course. This course comprises of four
semesters/two years of theological studies for non-clerical students. Clerical students who take four years of B.Th. studies, and have become basic course students, will also get a diploma in theology. The diploma
students in theology are exempt from attending seminar and writing dissertation.

4. Diploma Course in Spiritual Theology (Dip. Sp.)
The minimum qualification is Higher Secondary or its equivalent and good proficiency in English. This course, conducted by Indian Institute of Spirituality in collaboration with St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute
of Theology, consists of 2 semesters of one year during which special courses are offered in the Spiritualities of the East & the West.

5. Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)
Admission to the B.Th. degree course is open to all candidates who have passed the Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (B.Ph.) or Diploma in Philosophy (Dip.Ph.) or Certificate Course in Philosophy. (C. Ph.). This
course comprises of seven semesters of theological studies (Three and half years) leading to B.Th. degree.

6. Master of Theology (M.Th.)
Admission to the M.Th. course is open to those who already possess a B.Th. degree or its equivalent. Any student holding an equivalent certificate should pass a qualifying examination conducted by the
Institute. This course comprises of specialised studies and research work in Theology and allied sciences. Its duration is of four semesters (2 years) at the end of which there will be a comprehensive exam leading to
M.Th. degree.

7. Doctor of Theology (S.T.D.)
Those who hold a Master’s degree in Theology (M.Th.) are eligible for the doctorate in theology (Biblical Theology, Missiology and Spiritual Theology). Besides, candidates to this course should have aptitude for
research. This course consists of at least four semesters (2 years) of research. During this period, students are expected to attend specific courses and seminars and to carry out research on a particular topic, under the guidance of a Director approved by the Institute.



Subject Professor Hour
Group Dynamics George Kannanthanam 15
Time Management JinoPlathottathil 15
Spiritual Direction Jose Kumblolickal 15
Meditation Antony Mookenthottam 15
Computer Science Tom Kanat 15
Introduction to Spirituality Benny Koottanal 15
Introduction to the Bible VinoyValachathinakath 15
Scientific Methodology Virginia Rajakumari 15
Psalms Thomas Vallianippuram 15
SpiritualityofSynoptic Gospels Jose Pulickal 30
Johannine Spirituality Dr. Namita 30
Acts of the Apostles Virginia Rajakumari 30
Corpus Paulinu Jose Maniparambil 30
Mariology Philip Valakodiyil 30
Christology Jacob Parappally 30
Pneumatology PouloseMangai 15
Sacraments in General Philip Valakodiyil 30
Eucharist Benny Koottanal 30
Liturgy Paul Puthanangady 15
Church History Sr. Marykutty Joseph 30
Prayer & Mysticism Augustine Kolencherry 30
Formation Augustine Kolencherry 15
Benedictine Spirituality Abbot John 15
Salesian Spirituality &
Comparative Mysticism John Sankarathil 30
Teresian Spirituality Jose Kumblolickal 15
Franciscan Spirituality V.J. Menezes 15
Ignatian Spirituality PauloseMangai 15
Dominican Spirituality MariammaPaul Ollukaran 15
Youth Spirituality RejiPulicodu 30
Canon Law for Religious A. Rayappan 15
Human Rightsand SocialJustice ShibuThundathi 30
Basic Skills in Counselling Abraham Vettuvelil 30
Spirituality and Morality Udayakumar 15
Feminist Spirituality Pauline Chakkalackal l 15
Missiology Mathew Kalathungal 15
Gandhian Spirituality A. Pushparajan 30
Spirituality of Vat. II Jose Kumblolickal 15
Indian Spirituality Antony Mookenthottam 15
Indian Christian Spirituality Antony Mookenthottam 15
Eco-Spirituality Henry Jose Kodikuthiyil 15
Consecrated life in the Third Millennium David Delaney 30
Charism Philip Valakodiyil 15
Spirituality of Pentateuch Xavier Terrence 15
Mission Oriented CommunityLife Benny Koottanal 15
TheSpiritualityofDiscipleship Mathew Kavukat 15

Dissertation Paper

  • Ashram Experience
  • Social Apostolate Exposure
  • Inter-Religious Dialogue
  • Inter-Denominational Prayer Seminar


  • DR Alfred Joseph A. -Dean of Theology

Heads of Departments

  • DR. Joseph Titus P. – Biblical Studies
  • DR. Alfred Joseph (In-charge) – Systematic Theology
  • DR. Abraham Giri Raju – Spiritual & Pastoral Theology
  • DR Richard Britto (In-charge) – Moral Theology
  • DR. Mathew Kalathungal, msfs – Missiology
  • DR. Abraham Giri Raju (In-charge) – Catechetics & Liturgy
  • DR John Abraham – Canon Law
  • DR Eugene N. Joeseph – Social Communication
  • DR Simon Pinto (In-charge) – Church History & Patrology
  • DR. Legrand L. mep
  • DR. Joseph Francis B.
  • Fr. Stany C. Fernandes
  • Fr. Sunil D’Souza
  • Fr. Lawrence A.


  • DR. John Abraham
  • DR. Mathew Kalathungal, msfs
  • DR. Rayappan A.
  • DR. Stanislas S.
  • DR. Antonysamy S.
  • DR. Joseph Titus P.
  • DR. Abraham Giri Raju
  • DR. Alfred Joseph
  • DR. David Stanly Kumar M
  • DR.Eugene Newman Joseph
  • DR Richard Britto
  • DR. Simon Pinto


  • DR. Aloysius Xavier DR. Benny Kootanalmsfs DR. Charles Furtado OFM Cap DR. Clement Campus, C.Ss.R.
  • DR. George Therukattil MCBS DR. Gilbert Choondal SDB
  • DR. Henry Jose, msfs DR John K OP
  • DR. Sr.Prema, csst.
  • DR Shaji HGN Adv. Patrick D’Souza
  • Adv. Anil Albert D’Souza
  • Mr. Mark D’Souza


I. Biblical Studies (BS)

BS 03 The Historical Books ( 2 Cr )

The purpose of this course is to present the students the history of Israel (from Conquest to the Babylonian Exile). The views the history of Israel from the point of view of Deuteronomistic History, a work which includes the Books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel and 1- 2 Kings. The continuation of the same religious history is seen in the Deutero-canonical books of 1-2 Maccabees. The course also briefly analyses the Midrashic books of Ruth, Tobit, Esther, and Judith.

Bibliography : New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary (NIB) on Historical Books; Ceresko, A.R., Introduction to OT: A Liberative Perspective (Revised and Updated Edition), New York: Orbis Books, 2001; Mills, M.E., Joshua to Kings: History, Story, Theology, London: T&T Clark, 2006; Römer T.C., The so called Deuteronomist, London, T & T Clark, 2006.

David Stanly Kumar

BS 01 Intr. to S. Scripture and Biblical Hermeneutics ( 2 Cr )

The course is devised to give a general introduction to the scientific study of the Holy Bible. It offers an Introduction to the Bible and treats issues
such as Inspiration; Canonicity; Geography; Biblical Archaeology; Texts and Versions of the Bible; Biblical Criticism; Literary genres of the Bible with
Biblical Hermeneutics.

Bibliography: Luke, K., Companion to the Bible, 2 vols. Bangalore: TPI, 1987; Brown, R.E., et al., NJBC, Bangalore: TPI, 1992, 1023-1252;
Kizhakkeyil, S., A Guide to Biblical Studies, Mumbai: St. Paul’s, 2008;

Fitzmyer, J., The Biblical Commission’s Document: The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Rome, 1995.

Alfred Joseph A.

BS 02 Introduction to the Pentateuch ( 2 Cr )

The purpose of the course is to help the students to acquire adequate knowledge of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, namely Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. After analyzing the structure and the content of each of these books, the course offers an introduction to past and present scholarship on their formation and attempts to draw the theology of the Pentateuch.

Bibliography : Blenkinsopp, J., The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible, London, SCM Press, 1992. Fretheim, T.E., The Pentateuch, Nashville, Abingdon, 1996. Van Seters, J., The Pentateuch: A Social Science Commentary, Sheffield, Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.

Joseph Titus P.

BS 04 Prophets I (Pre-Exilic) ( 3 Cr )

This course introduces the notion of prophecy in Israel and Ancient Near East (ANE), its origin, development and its contribution to the national theology at the back drop of the ANE. Further it considers the study of the pre-exilic Prophets and their message in their political and religious settings. Some key texts are taken for exegetical study.

Bibliography : Aune, D.E., Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1983; Brown, R.E., et al., eds., The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Bangalore: TPI, 1995. Ceresko, A.R., Introduction to OT: A Liberative Perspective (Revised and Updated Edition), New York, Orbis Books, 2001.

Joseph Titus P.

BS 04A Prophets II: Exilic and Post Exilic ( 3 Cr )

The course deals with the Exilic and Post Exilic prophetical books. Major prophetical books like Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel are studied in detail further the course also briefly deals with the books of the minor prophets such as Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi and Joel. Features of Apocalyptic Literature will be explained taking examples from the books of Daniel, Joel and Zechariah.

Bibliography : Holladay, William L. Holladay, Jeremiah, 2 vols., Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986, 1989; Blenkinsopp J., The History of Prophecy in Israel, Louisville: Westminster, 19962; Allen, L.C., Jeremiah, OTL, London: T&T Clark, 2008; Vawter, B., and Hoppe, L. J., A New Heart: A Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel, ITC, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991. 70 Faculty of Theology

David Stanly Kumar

BS 05 Introduction to the Wisdom Literature ( 2 Cr )

The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date and uncomplicated introduction to the wisdom writings of the Old Testament. After providing background and preliminary notions about the wisdom movement in general, each of the five “wisdom books” – Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth), the Wisdom of Ben Sira (Sirach), and the book of Wisdom – is treated in more detail.

Bibliography : Ceresko, A.R., Introduction to Old Testament Wisdom. A Spirituality for Liberation, New York: Orbis Books, 1999. Murphy, R.E., The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature, New York: Doubleday, 1990. von Rad, G., Wisdom in Israel, New York: Abingdon Press, 1972.

Joseph Titus P.

BS 06 Formation of the Gospels ( 1 Cr )

The objective of the course is to make the students understand the complexity of the Synoptic Problem and the three stages of the Gospel formation, namely the context of the Historical Jesus, the Apostolic Tradition and of the Gospel Tradition and to make them identify these stages in the Synoptic texts.

Bibliography : Cf. NJBC, pp. 587, 1130, 1316 and Brown, R. E., An Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 2004, 123-125; Ref. also Dodd, C.H., The Apostolic Preaching and its Developments, Harper and Brothers, 1944; Theissen, G., The New Testament, J. Bowden (trans.), London, New York: T & T Clark, 2003.

Stanislas S.

BS 07 Synoptic Gospels I (Infancy & Passion Narrative) ( 2 Cr )

The course provides an initiation to the synoptic study of the text and illustrates the various stages of composition of the passion and infancy narratives. The main points of the study shall be: Infancy Narratives (with a special reference to Mt and Luke), Passion and Resurrection Narratives of the four Gospels.

Bibliography (Infancy Narratives): Brown, R.E., The Birth of the Messiah, London: Chapman, 1977; Legrand, L., Christmas Then and Now. Christmas Meditations, Mumbai: St.Paul, 2000; Horsley, R. A., The Liberation of Christmas: The Infancy Narratives in the Social Context, New York: Crossroad, 1989.

Bibliography: Brown, R. E., Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 1997, 55-96; NJBC 1248f; Brown, R. E., The Death of the Messiah, 2 vols., Mumbai: St. Paul’s, 1996 131-145.

PremaVakayil, csst & Alfred Joseph A.

BS 08 Synoptic Gospels II (Beginning of the Ministry of Jesus) ( 2 Cr )

The course provides an initiation to the synoptic study of the texts especially on the Baptist’s ministry and the Sermon on the Mount

Bibliography: For Baptist’s ministry and Sermon on the mount in addition to the bibliography given in NJBC, p. 638, George, A.et al., Baptism in the New Testament, London: Chapman, 1965; Legrand, L.,Mission in the Bible, Pune: Ishvani Publication, 1994, 37-63; Betz, H.D., The Sermon on the Mount (Hermeneia), 1984; Several papers on SoaresPrabhu, G.M., in Collected Writings of George M. Soares –Prabhu, Vol. 1 and 2 Pune, 1999.

Stanislas S.

BS 08A Synoptic Gospels III ( 2 Cr )

The course deals with the Parables and Miracles of Jesus taking into consideration the perspective of each Synoptic Gospel.

Bibliography: See NJBC p. 1364/57 updated in R.E. Brown, Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 2000, p. 132 n.12. for Miracles, see NJBC, 1369/89; G. Theissen, The Miracle Stories of the Early Christian Tradition, London, T & T Clark, 1983; G. SoaresPrabhu, 3 papers in Collected Writings, vol. 3, Pune, 2003; L. Legrand, “Christ’s Miracles as Social Work”, IES 1 (1962), pp. 218-245 (=The Word is near you, vol. 2, 9-26).

Alfred Joseph A.

BS 09 The Acts of the Apostles ( 1 Cr )

It initiates the students to a comprehensive reading of the Book of Acts. Special emphasis will be laid on the study of the Kerygmatic speeches, the narrative of Paul’s conversion, Cornelius episode, the Council of Jerusalem, Paul’s farewell speech at Miletus and Mission Impetus etc.

Bibliography : Dillon, R. J., “Acts of the Apostles,” NJBC 44, 722- 815. Bruce, F. F., The Book of the Acts, NICNT, Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmann, 1988; Legrand L., Mission in the Bible, Pune: Ishvani, 1994.

PremaVakayil, csst

BS 10 The Gospel and the Letters of John ( 2 Cr )

This course is devised to give a detailed analysis of the text and the principle themes of the Gospel of John, and a general introduction to the Johannine Epistles. A careful exegesis of the selected texts from the Johannine Gospel will be given to make the students familiar with the Johannine understanding and presentation of the Christian message.

Bibliography : Beasley-Murray, G.R., John, WBC 36. Waco: Word Books, 1987; Bernard, J.H., Gospel ccording to St. John, ICC, ed. R. Schnackenburg, Christian Existence in the New Testament, vol. 2, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1969; Grayston, K., TheJohannine Epistles, NCBC, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1984.

Alfred Joseph A.

BS 11 Pauline Corpus I ( 3 Cr )

The Course focuses on the literary form of Letters in the Antiquity and in the New Testament and pays attention on the main stages of the development of Paul’s thought. The selected passages give a survey of the contents of the epistles in their totality with reference to Paul’s apostolic concern and the development of his theology.

Bibliography : O’ Connor, J. M, Paul: A Critical Life, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996; Fitzmyer, J. A., Romans, AB, New York, Doubleday, 1993; Jewett, R., Romans, Hermeneia, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007; Byrne B., Galatians and Romans, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2010;

Alfred Joseph A.

BS 11A Pauline Corpus II ( 2 Cr )

The course introduces the Pauline and the Deutero-Pauline letters and offers exegetical studies on some selected key texts highlighting the theology and other major issues dominant in these letters.

Bibliography: Arnold, C. E., Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, Michigan: Zondervan, 2002; Dunn, J.D.G.,The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text, NIGTC, Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1996; Fee, G. D.,The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians, NICNT, Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans, 2009; Brown, R. E., Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 2000.

Stanislas S.

BS 12 Pastoral Letters ( 1 Cr )

This course gives a pastoral orientation to the students in the background of the pastoral perspective found in the first and the second letters to Timothy and the letter to Titus. The pseudo-Pauline character, the literary genre, the occasion and the context, the theology and the ethics of the letters are dealt with.

Bibliography : Davies, M., The Pastoral Epistles, Epworth Commentaries, London: Epworth Press, 1996; Guthrie, D., The Pastoral Epistles, TNTC, Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1990; Hawthorne, G. F. et al. (ed.), Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, IVP Academic: Intervarsity Press, 1993.; Brown, R.E., An Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: Theological Publication in India, 2000, 638-680.

David Stanly Kumar

BS 13 Catholic Epistles (James, Peter & Jude) ( 1 Cr )

74 Faculty of Theology This particular course mainly attempts to analyse the theology and message of the Catholic Epistles (James, Peter and Jude). Some Key texts are taken up for in-depth study.

Bibliography : Brown, R. E., An Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 2004; Johnson, L. T. The Letter of James, Garden City: Doubleday, 1995; Achtemeier, P. J., 1 Peter, Eldon TayEep (ed.), Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996. Best, E., 1 Peter, London: Oliphants, 1971.

Stanislas S.

BS 14 Epistle to the Hebrews ( 1 Cr )

This course addresses the introductory questions such as authorship, date of composition, purpose and literary genre of the Epistle to the Hebrews. It aims to investigate the structure and theology of this epistle. It tries to explore the theology of the epistle.

Bibliography : Ellingworth, P., The Epistle to the Hebrews, A Commentary on the Greek Text, NIGTC, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1991; Koester, C.R., Hebrews. A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, AB 36, New York: Doubleday, 2001.

PremaVakayil, csst

BS 15 The Book of Revelation ( 1 Cr )

The book of Revelation is an unveiling of Jesus. The book is about Jesus! Who is he, and what has he done? The course studies the book as the impact of the Paschal Mystery on History and Cosmos. It discovers also the historical situation which gave birth to the book.

Bibliography: Abir P. A.,The Cosmic Conflict of the Church,Frankfurt: Peterlang, 1995; Harrington W.J., Revelation, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1993; SchuslerFiorenza E., Revelation: Vision of a Just World, Minneapolis, 1991.

PremaVakayil, csst

BS 16 Elements of New Testament Greek ( 2 Cr )

The course aims at enabling the students to read New Testament passages in Greek. It also familiarises them with several Greek expressions which are important for biblical and theological studies.

Bibliography : Martin, R.A., An Introduction to Biblical Greek, Bangalore: TPI, 2009.

Alfred Joseph A.

BS 17 Biblical Hebrew ( 1 Cr )

The course aims at enabling the students to read Old Testament texts in Hebrew. It also familiarizes them with several Hebrew expressions which are important for biblical and theological studies.

Bibliography: Martin, R.A., An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Bangalore: TPI, 2009.

Joseph Titus P.

III. Moral Theology (MT)

MT 01 Fundamental Moral Theology ( 4 Cr )

This course deals with nature and function of Christian ethics . Based on VeritatisSplendour, a detailed study on the source, meaning and limits of moral norms is studied. The basis of morality, human acts, sin and conversion is dealt to assist the students to have some clarity to the fundamental moral norms.

George Therukattil MCBS

MT 02 Virtues ( 2 Cr )

This course on “Theological Virtues” clarifies in the light of Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church and Second Vatican Council Documents the role and the relevance of virtues, in particular the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity in the life of a Christian. Special attention is paid to the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae. It helps the students to understand virtues as fundamental to lead a good Christian and human life.

Richard Britto

MT 03 God’s Law for Man (I - III Commandments) ( 2 Cr )

This course provides a general introduction to the Decalogue in order to realise that the Commandments of God are the expressions of love and fidelity. We have our obligation to worship One True God (I Commandment), adoration and reverence to God’s holy name (IICommandment) and to worship our God on holy and feast days (III Commandment) is studied here.

Charles Furtado OFMCap

MT 04 Indian Civil Law ( 1 Cr )

Sources of Law: Customs, Common Law, Equity, Legislations, Precedents. Law of Contracts: Indian Contract Act 1872: Offer, Acceptance, Consideration, Capacity, Consent, Lawful objects. Brief Introduction to the following topics: Principles of natural justice – Law relating to trusts and registration of societies – (Trusts Act and Societies Registration Act) – Indian Marriage Laws – Law relating to wills.

Anil Albert D’ Souza

MT 05 Christian Marriage ( 3 Cr )

Christian marriage viewed from dogmatic, moral and pastoral aspects: Marriage from the light of the sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Fathers of the Church and their emphasis on moral and pastoral aspects of marriage and marital problems are studied. From the light of FamiliarisConsortio, the marital dignity and obligations are also studied.

Sunil D’Souza

MT 06 Justice, Peace and Social Concerns ( 4 Cr )

This course is based on VII and XI Commandments of God. We study and analyse the moral concepts of Social Justice with special reference to CBCI documents and the Magisteria of the Universal Church. We deal with the Catholic teachings on private property, work, ownership, contracts, violation and restitution of justice.

George Therukattil MCBS

MT 05A Sacrament of Marriage (Doctrines) ( 1 Cr )

Marriage is sacred and holy. This course studies the historical and dogmatic development of Marriage as a Sacrament. From the light of FamiliarisConsortio, the marital requirement, its objectives, dignity and obligations are studied.

Sunil D’Souza

MT 11 Human Sexuality ( 2 Cr )

The important element of human sexuality, the theological and biblical teaching on human sexuality is studied. Here we learn the difference between the meaning of love, affection, friendship and agape. A critical study of Celibacy, Contraception, Abortion and Sexual Aberrations is also studied here.

Shaji HGN

MT 07 Sacrament of Reconciliation ( 4 Cr )

Scriptural, dogmatic, moral, canonical and pastoral aspect of the Sacrament of Penance; call of Christ to conversion, the nature and necessity of conversion, the ecclesial dimension of the sacrament of reconciliation. The virtue of penance, the community dimension of the rite and jurisdiction in Law and practice.

Antonysamy S. & John K. OP

MT 08 Bio-Ethics (Com. 5) ( 2 Cr )

Importance and dignity of man’s life; Medical ethics and duty to protect and preserve life; Christian view of sickness and health care; care of the sick and the dying and the role of the physician and the medical personnel in illicit and unethical practices; euthanasia, procured abortion, sterilisation, genetic manipulation and the morality of human experimentation.

Clement Campose Cssr

MT 09 Obedience and Truthfulness (Comm. 4 & 8) ( 1 Cr )

This course deals with IV and VIII Commandments respectively. A detailed study of both the Commandments will only reveal to us that both are interrelated. We learn here that we need to honour our parents and everyone who take the place of our parents. Similarly a life of truthfulness, obligations towards our dependants is also studied here.

Lourdu Jeevaraj

MT 10 Human Rights ( 1 Cr )

In this course we will be dealing with the sources, development and principles of catholic social teachings. We discuss the relevance, importance and content of social documents from the Magisterium of the Catholic Church with the special reference to the FABC’s documents related to social issues of our time. The normative approach of Catholic social teaching lacks a framework for concrete, practical decision-making and remains giving moral instructions only.

George Therukattil MCBS

II. Systematic Theology (ST)

ST 01 Introduction to Theology ( 1 Cr )

An initiation into the nature and method of theology, giving the background in which theology is born and a brief outline of its history leading up to the present day and finally a vision of the pastoral dimension of the study of theology.

Bibliography : Pathil, K. & Dominic, V. Indian Theological Series: An Introduction to Theology. Bangalore: TPI, 2007. Bevans, B.An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. New York: Orbis Books, 2009. Illathuparampil, M. et. al. The Contemporary Theologians: Context and Contributions. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2006.

Jude Nirmal Doss

ST 02 Theology of Revelation ( 2 Cr )

The free, generous, self-disclosure of God to humanity (Revelation) has been the greatest gift of God to humanity. The students are exposed to the experience of Christian community (What we have seen and heard), from the Biblical, Theological and Indian perspectives.

Bibliography: Dei Verbum; Nostra Aetate; Dulles, Avery, Revelation Theology, London: Burns Oats, 1970; Latourelle, Rene, Theology of Revelation, Bangalore: TPI, 1972. Haught, John, Mystery and Promise: A Theology of Revelation, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1993; Fackre, G., The Doctrine of Revelation: A Narrative Interpretation Edinburgh: University Press, 1997.

Abraham Gir Raju

ST 03 Theology of Faith ( 1 Cr )

Faith is the progressive response of the human beings to the loving revelation of God. Faith is fundamental to Christian life. The students are introduced to the types and stages of faith in one’s Christian life. Biblical, Patristic and Theological understanding of faith is also given due attention in this course.

Bibliography : Hermisson, H.J., Faith, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981; Mouroux, Jean, I Believe: The Personal Structure of Faith, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1959; Helm, Paul (ed.), Faith and Reason, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Abraham Gir Raju

ST 04 Christology and Soteriology ( 3 Cr )

The traditional Christological doctrines of the Church are studied according to the gradual development till the high mark of Chalcedon (451 AD) is reached. Further reflection brings us up to date with a deeper and modern understanding of Jesus in his genuine humanity with a human consciousness, human freedom, limitations etc., without denying his divinity even a little bit, which is in keeping with Chalcedon’s balance. Soteriology (Christ’s saving work) is treated only in a general way leaving the intricacies to Scripture, Ecclesiology and Sacramental theology. Indian concept of Soteriology as found in Indian religions is considered briefly.

Bibliography : Ian Sobrino: Christology at the Cross Roads; Gerald O’Collins: 1. Interpreting Jesus 2..What they are saying about Jesus Grillmeier: Christ in the Christian Tradition.

Joseph Francis B.

ST 05 Trinity ( 2 Cr )

The Trinitarian Mystery seen in general from the Sacred Scripture and in particular according to its development through the centuries in the Church focuses its attention on its relevance to one’s spiritual life and apostolate. The idea of divine triad and the concept of Trimurthi is discussed briefly and compared with Christian doctrine of Trinity.

Bibliography: Anthony, K., The Trinity of Love, Wilmington, Michigan: Michael Glacier, 1989. Arendzen J. P., The Holy Trinity, London: Sheed& Wards, 1937. Maloney:Invaded by God.

Joseph Francis B.

ST 06 Ecclesiology ( 3 Cr )

This course on Ecclesiology gives the concept and scope of Ekklsia. The historical development of the nature and mission of the Church from its New Testament origins to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and Post-Vatican developments are dealt with. It is centered on the theme of ‘communion’ and presents mostly the Church as the community born out of Resurrection. The Church is understood as the people of the new covenant and it is presented as a pilgrim witness to holiness and mission.

Bibliography: Dulles, A., A Church To Believe In, New York, 1982. Dulles, A., Models Of The Church, New York, 1974.

Simon Pinto

ST 07 Ecumenism ( 1 Cr )

The search for Christian unity is one of the principal concerns of theChurch. The course on ecumenism deals with the history of modern ecumenical movement and highlights the need for ecumenical formation. A brief introduction to various Catholic documents on Ecumenism is made.

Bibliography: Amalorpavadass, S. (Ed.), Ecumenism In Perspective, Bangalore, 1976. Anderson, G. Justification By Faith – Lutherans And Catholics In Dialogue VII, Minneapolis, 1985. Bea, A.The Unity Of Christians, New York, 1963.

Simon Pinto

ST 08 Mariology ( 2 Cr )

The course on Mary clarifies in the light of Scripture and Tradition the position and role of Mary in the Salvation History. It looks into the various situations and reasons in which a proper study on Mary emerged. It deals with a proper exegesis of the direct and indirect Marian passages in the OT and in the NT, Mary in Patristic Tradition, Marian Dogmas, Mary in Islam and Marian Devotion.

Brown, R. E., Mary in the New Testament, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1978; Brown, R. E., The Birth of the Messiah, London: G. Chapman, 1977; Brown, R. E., The Virginal Conception and the Resurrection of Jesus, London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1974; Gambero, L., Mary and the Fathers of the Church, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.

Abraham Gir Raju

ST 09 Theology of Sacraments ( 2 Cr )

What are Sacraments? How Jesus Christ is the Primordial sacrament. The nexus between Christ – Church and sacraments. Death and Resurrection of Jesus and the contact with the Risen Lord in every sacrament.

Bibliography: Jose Saraiva Martins, The Sacraments of the New Alliance, Bangalore: TPI, 1988. Herbert Vorgrimler, Sacramental Theology, Trans. Linda Maloney, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1992. Kenan Osborne, Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World: A Theology for the Third Millennium, New York: Paulist, 1999.

Joseph Francis B.

ST 10 Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation ( 1 Cr )

This course deals with the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation – the two of the three sacraments which form the Sacraments of Christian Initiation – in order to show the inter-relatedness of these means of grace. The biblical, historical, dogmatic and pastoral dimensions of these two sacraments will help us understand them better and approach them with conviction.

Bibliography: T. A. Marsh, Gift of Community; Baptism and Confirmation, Liturgical Press: Collegeville, 1990, Minnesota; J. Martos,Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, New York: Doubleday & Co, 1982; B. Neunhauser,Baptism and Confirmation, New York, Herder & Herder, 1964.

Alfred Joseph A.

ST 11 The Eucharist ( 3 Cr )

The Eucharist is the culmination and centre of all sacraments and indeed of the whole Christian life. It occupies the central place in the life of the Church because it contains Christ himself with his work of salvation. This deals with the question of Christ’s Real Presence and presents the Eucharist in its various dimensions as Memorial, Meal, Sacrifice etc.

Bibliography: Chauvet, L.-M., Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence, (trans.) Patrick Madigan and Madeleine Beaumont, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1995. Chenderlin, Fritz, Do This as My Memorial, AnalectaBiblica 99, Rome: Biblical Institute, 1982.

Lawrence A.

ST 12 Ministry (Holy Orders) ( 2 Cr )

The “ministerial” situation today and the problem of discovering an adequate terminology; the ministry from Old Testament and New Testament and from the early Church with special emphasis on theemergence of special ministries and their evolution in the history of the Church are discussed. This leads to real reflection on the sacrament of orders of which the episcopate is the apex. Ecumenical dimensions, the mutual recognition of ministries and the question of the ministry of women are also studied.

Bibliography: Areeplackal, J., Spirit and Ministries, Bangalore, 1990; Bartlett, D. L.,Ministry in the New Testament, Minneapolis, 1993. Bernier, P.,Ministry In The Church, Connecticut, 1992. Brown, R., Priest And Bishop: Biblical Reflections, London, 1970.

Abraham Giri Raju

ST 13 God-Man-World Theology ( 2 Cr )

The treatise critically examines our attitudes towards the World, the self and God. It includes a very brief comparative study of various philosophies that lead to the adoption of a certain attitude in one’s life and concludes with the specific Christian answer to man and his problems as described in “Gaudium et Spes”. The world and its creation along with relevant ecological considerations; man and his origin; hisfall and the nature of Original sin are dealt with in the context of the consequences to an attitude towards God, Man and the World.

Bibliography: Athappilly, Sebastian. Mystery and Destiny of the Human Person: A Theological Anthropology. Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2007; Joseph Francis, B. God-Man-World: Christian Anthropology. Bangalore: St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute Publications, 2001.

Henry Jose, msfs

ST 14 The Theology of Grace (Pneumatology) ( 3 Cr )

The processes of Justification and sanctification are intimately connected with the activity of the Holy Spirit and are a gift of God. They are an invitation to enter into a dialogue relationship, the initiative to which is always from God leading us into a familial and intimate relationship with God. The oriental and Indian perspectives are touched upon briefly. Oriental theology of Grace as well as brief comparative study of Grace in Bhagavad Gita, Saivasiddhanta and Virasaivism are undertaken.

Bibliography: E. Dreyer; Manifestations of Grace; L. Bermejo: The Spirit of Life; J. Jaswant Raj: Grace in Saivasiddhanta; (ed)

Joseph Francis B.

ST 15 Eschatology ( 2 Cr )

A Christian understanding of death and what follows it, namely, particular judgement, purgatorial maturation, hell or heaven are examined. The Resurrection, Parousia and Final Judgement are all examined in the light of the teaching of Scripture and the Church’s tradition. The aim is predominantly pastoral.Indian attitudes towards death.

Bibliography: L. Bermejo: Light Beyond Death; R. Moody: Life After Life; P.C. Phan: Responses to 101 Questions on Death and Eternal Life; Kramer:

Joseph Francis B.

ST 16 Pastoral Care and Anointing of the Sick ( 1 Cr )

This is a theological and eminently a pastoral course, reflecting on the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick and the pastoral practices connected with the care of the sick and the dying. The Church’s documents in this connection would be commented on.

Bibliography: J.L.Empereur, Prophetic Anointing: God’s Call to the Sick and the Elderly and the Dying, Wilmington: Glazier, 1982. John Ziegler,Let Them Anoint the Sick, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1987. A. Daniel, Toward a Theology of Healing and Wholeness, Leuven: OnvitgegevenProefschrift, 1993.

Abraham Giri Raju

ST 17 Theology of Laity ( 1 Cr )

This course offers to the students the history of the status of the Laity in the Church. Due attention is given to the understanding of the Second Vatican Council on the role and responsibility of the Laity. In addition, the obligations and the rights of the Laity according to the Code of Canon Law and the modern trends will be treated briefly.

Bibliography: Vatican II, ApostolicamActuositatem, November 18, 1965; Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, November 21, 1964; Vatican II,Gaudium et Spes, December 7, 1965; Vatican II, Ad Gentes, 41, December 7, 1965;Code of Canon Law, Bangalore: TPI, 1983; Congar, Yves, Laity Church and World, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960.

Abraham Giri Raju

IV. Missiology (MI)

MI 01 The Challenges in the Field of Evangelisation ( 2 Cr )

India has a unique distinction of having given birth to two world religions and other religious sects. In such a multi- religious society what is the role of the church? what should be her attitude towards them? and how she should carry on her God-given mission? The Church being “the universal sacrament of salvation” has to evangelise the world in all its legitimate aspirations for progress and plenitude. In this context, the Church’s mission is prone to misunderstanding and misinterpretation unless she presents herself as an interlocutor. This course will explore the possibilities of meeting these challenges.

Bibliography: Valson T., Rediscovering Mission: Towards a non-western Missiological Paradigm, Trace Publications, New Delhi: 1995. Amaladoss N,Approaches in or Apostolate among non-Christians Bangalore: NBCLC, 1970. Bosh D. J.,Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shift in theology of Mission, New York: 1995.

Mathew Kalathungal, msfs

MI 02 Introduction to Missiology ( 2 Cr )

Mission or Divine sending has its origin in the Father’s love for the world. Biblical revelation describes God’s search for man and His salvation and that is what mission is all about. The object of Jesus proclamation is of the Kingdom of God. This mission of the Son still continues and will continue forever through the disciples of every time and space, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Theologian Emil Brunner is often quoted saying, “the Church exists by its mission just as a fire exists by burning”. In other words, ‘To be Church is to be in mission’.

Bibliography: Mission In The Bible: Lucien Legrand; Transforming Mission: David J. Bosch. Constants In Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, Stephen B. Bevans& Roger P. Schroeder.

Stany C. Fernandes

MI 11 Theology of Mission as Dialogue ( 2 Cr )

The Second Vatican Council has given the lead for a positive assessment of religions. The Council affirms the traditional doctrine according to which salvation in Jesus Christ is, in a mysterious way, a reality open to all persons of good will. For Christ died for all, and all are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the Paschal mystery” (GS 22). The Council proceeds further. Making its own the vision and the terminology of some early Church Fathers,Nostra Aetate speaks of the presence in these traditions of “a ray of that Truth which enlightens all” (NA 2). Ad Gentes recognizes the presence of “seeds of the word”, and points to “the riches which a generous God has distributed among the nations” (AG 11). Again, Lumen Gentium refers to the good which is “found sown” not only “in minds and hearts”, but also “in the rites and customs of peoples” (LG 17). Theology of mission as dialogue explores the areas to engage in positive dialogue with other religions. Bibliography: Books: Stephen B. & Roger P. Schroeder.Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011; Francesco, Gioia, ed.Interreligious Dialogue: The Official Teaching of the Catholic Church. Boston: St. Paul Books & Media,1997.

Stany C. Fernandes