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.

: 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.

: 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 O3 The Historical Books 2 Cr

This course studies 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, 1-2 Kings. The continuation of the same religious history is seen in the Deuterocanonical books of 1- 2 Maccabees and the Midrashic books of Ruth, Tobit, Esther, and Judith.

: Mills, M.E., Joshua to Kings: History, Story, Theology, London: T&T Clark, 2006. Römer T., The Socalled Deuteronomist, London, T & T Clark, 2006. Ceresko, A.R., Introduction to OT: A Liberative Perspective (Revised and Updated Edition), New York, Orbis Books, 2001.

David Stanly Kumar M.

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.

: 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 takes up the books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi to understand their messages and theology in their socio-literary setting. Besides these prophets the course will also take up the prophetic books like Nahum, Habakkuk and Jonah. During the course a brief study on Apocalyptic Literature will be undertaken and the books like Daniel and Joel will be analyzed.

: Brueggemann, W., A Commentary on the Book of Jeremiah, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988; 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.

David Stanly Kumar M.

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.

: 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.

: 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; various articles in the Word is Near You, Vol. 1, Bangalore: St. Peter’s Institute, 2001, 216-423; Horsley, R. A., The Liberation of Christmas: The Infancy Narratives in the Social Context, New York: Crossroad, 1989.

Bibliography (Passion and Resurrection Narratives):
Brown, R. E., Introduction to the New Testament, Bangalore: TPI, 1997, 55-96; NJBC 1248f; Brown, R. E., The Death of the Messiah, 2vols., Mumbai: St. Paul’s, 1996 131-145; Senior, D., Passion of Jesus in the Gospels (Passion Series vols.1-4), Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1985-91.

Prema Vakayil, 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

: The bibliography given in NJBC, p. 638, George, 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 / articles by on Soares Prabhu, G.M., in Collected Writings of George M. Soares -Prabhu, Vol. 1 and 2 Pune, 1999; Sandanha A., The Lord’s prayer and its Emerging concerns, Bangalore: ATC, 2008; Saldanha A., The Beatitudes, Jeevadhara 39/230 (2009).

Stanislas S.

BS 08A Synoptic Gospels III (Miracles and Parables of Jesus) 2 Cr

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

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. Soares Prabhu, 3 papers inCollected 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).108 Faculty of Theology

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.

: 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; Lake, F. K. (ed.), The Beginning of Christianity, vol. 5, 140-151 392- 402; Fitzmyer, J. A., The Acts of the Apostles, AB 31, New York: Doubleday,1998.

Prema Vakayil, 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.

: Beasley-Murray, G.R., John, WBC 36. Waco: Word Books, 1987; Bernard, J.H., Gospel According 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., The Johannine 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.

: 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; Fitzmyer, J. A., First Corinthians, AB 32, New York: Doubleday, 2008; Malherbe, A. J., The Letters to the Thessalonians, AB 32B, New York: Doubleday, 2000.

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.

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.

: Davies, M., The Pastoral Epistles, EpworthCommentaries, London: Epworth Press, 1996; Guthrie, D., The Pastoral Epistles, TNTC, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990; Hawthorne, G. F. et al. (ed.),Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, IVP Academic: Intervarsity 110 Press, 1993; Johnson, L. T., The First and Second Letters to Timothy: a new translation with introduction and commentary, AB 35A, New York: Doubleday, 2001.

David Stanly Kumar M.

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

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.

: 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.

: 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.

Prema Vakayil, 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.

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

Prema Vakayil, 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.

: 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.

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

Joseph Titus P.

3.1.2. Course Description

I. Language Courses

LC 01 Biblical Hebrew 5 Cr

This course is primarily designed to provide the students adequate knowledge about the Biblical Hebrew language. Morphology of various noun groups and verb types are studied in detail. Special attention is given to the prose syntax beginning with characterization of the various types of individual clauses and to the sequences of inter-related clauses.

Jouon P., A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, Rome: Pontifical Institute, 1991. Kautzsche, E., GeseniusHebrew Grammar, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1910. Lambdin, O. T., Introduction to Biblical Hebrew , Darton: Longman and Todd, 1973.

David Stanly Kumar M.

LC 02 Elements of New Testament Greek 5 Cr

The objective of this course is to provide the students with sufficient knowledge of NT Greek Grammar and Syntax, and thus equip them for further research and study of the Greek New Testament.

: Swetnam, J., An introduction to the Study of the New Testament Greek, Roma: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1998, vol. I. Wenham, J. W.,The Elements of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: University Press, 1965. Blass, F., and Debrunner, A., A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Funk, R. W. (trans. and ed.), Cambridge: University Press; Chicago,
Illinois: The University of Chicago Press, 1961. Nunn, H.P.V., Elements of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: University Press, 1962. ______ Short Syntax of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: University Press, 1951.

Stanislas S.

LC 03 Aramaic 1 Cr

This course is meant to give the students a working knowledge of and an introduction to the characteristics of biblical Aramaic. This course enables students to acquire the basic skills needed to understand Aramaic words and sentences used in specialized exegetical studies making use of the available (printed and electronic) tools. The purpose is to enable the students for a grammatical analysis of the Aramaic texts which is relevant for the interpretation of the Biblical and Targumic texts.

: Rosenthal F., A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 19956. Alger. F. Johns, A Short Grammar of Biblical Aramaic. Berrien Springs: Andrews University Press, 1972. Beyer, Klaus, The Aramaic language: Its Distribution and subdivisions. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht 1986.

David Stanly Kumar M.

II. Introductory Courses

IC 01 Methodology and Seminar 2 Cr

Methodology for Research: the need for specialization, a proper note-taking, an analysis and synthesis of opinions. The historical-critical method and other approaches to the Bible: diachronic and synchronic. The limitations of the historical-critical method but which as a method is nevertheless valid as it informs the conversation between the world of the text and the world of the reader from which meaning results. The Seminar presentation aims at training the students in the art of doing exegesis. Having been taught the various methods of exegesis, the principles of hermeneutics and the scientific
methodology of writing a research paper, each student prepares a paper for about 8-10 pages on a given text and makes an exegetical exposition of it for twenty minutes followed by the evaluation of other students and the moderator of the seminar for twenty five minutes.

Collins, R. F., Introduction to the New Testament, New York, 1987. Fitzmyer, J.,The Biblical Commission’s Document, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church: Text and Commentary, Rome, 1995. —-,An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture, Rome, 1990. Hayes, J. H., and C. R. Holladay, Biblical Exegesis. A Beginner’s Handbook, Atlanta, 1987. Joseph. A. A., Methodology for Research, Bangalore, 1986. Soares-Prabhu, G. M., “The Historical Critical Method. Reflections on Its Relevance for the Study of the Gospels in India Today,” in S. Kuthirakkattel ed., A Biblical Theology for India, Pune, 1992, 2. 3-48. Stock, A., “The Limits of Historical-Critical Exegesis,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 13 (1983) 28-31. White, L. L., “Historical and Literary Criticism: A Theological Response,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 13 (1983) 32-34.

Alfred Joseph A & David Stanly Kumar

IC 02 Exegetical Methods and Approaches 1 Cr

This course aims at making a critical exposition, mainly of Synchronic methods such as Narrative Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism and Social Scientific Methods and the Contextual Approaches and Perspectives and at training the students on how to use them in their research.

: Brown, R. E., Biblical Exegesis and Church Doctrine. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1986. Hayes, J. H., Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation. New York: Abingdon Press, 1999. Porter, S. E., A Handbook to the Exegesis of the New Testament. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2002. Barton, J., Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1998. Corley, J., “Methods of Biblical Interpretation a Guide,” Scripture Bulletin 2, (2000).

Stanislas S.

IC 03 Biblical Hermeneutics 1 Cr

The course has two aspects: theoretical and practical. At the theoretical level, the three integrated realities of the Author and Author Meaning, the Text and Text Meaning and Reader and Reader Meaning will be studied underlying the need for the integration of the three aspects in meaningful hermeneutics (interpretation). Inadequate types of interpretation will be critiqued and the Hermeneutical circle will be explained. In the more practical part attention will not be given to the historico – critical methodologies as such.

: Brown, Raymond, Schneiders, Sandra, “Hermeneutics”, NJBC, 1146-65. Brown, Raymond, The Critical Meaning of the Bible.How a Modern Reading of the Bible Challenges the Christian, the Church and the Churches. Marwah: Paulist Press, 1981. Cotterell Peter, Turner, M.,Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation, Dover Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1989. Fitzmyer, Joseph, A., The BiblicalCommission’s Document “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” Text and Commentary, Rome: Editrice Pontifico Biblico,

Stanislas S.

IC 04 Textual Criticism (Old and New Testament) 1 Cr

This course treats the following themes in relation to OT and NT: writing materials, the scribes and their techniques of writing in antiquity; the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint and the Massoretic Text; the importance of the DSS in evaluating the LXX vis-àvis MT; and the Old Versions and Targums; The method of text criticism – massora parva, massora magna, qere and ketib; a reading of the critical apparatus of the BHS; manuscripts of the NT – uncial and minuscule, palimpsest; helps for readers of these manuscripts; important witnneses to the text of the NT – Greek,
Latin, Syriac etc; families of manuscripts; history of research on the text of the NT; errors in transmission of the text of the NT; the practice of NT textual criticism – methodological principles; a reading of the critical apparatus in NA (26th ed.) and GNT (4th ed.); a test case in NT textual criticism.

Aland, K., and B. Aland, The Text of the New Testament. An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism (trans. E. F.
Rhodes), Grand Rapids, MI, 1987. Epp, E. J., “Textual Criticism (NT),” in Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6.412-435. Klein, R. W.,Textual Criticism of the OT – The Septuagint after Qumran, Guides to Biblical Scholarship, OT Series 4, Philadelphia, 1974. Metzger, B.M., The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration, New York, 1968. Scott, W.R., A Simplified Guide to BHS,
Berkeley, 1987. Tov, E., Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis, 1992. Wonneberger, R., Understanding BHS – A Manual for the Users of BibliaHebraicaStuttgartensia, Rome, 1990. Würthwein, E., The Text of the OT, Stuttgart,

Saldanha, CSSR

IC Biblical Geography 1 Cr

The course provides a purposeful, quick survey of the various geographical regions of Palestine: the western coastal plains; the central highlands-Galilee, Samaria, Judea; and the Jordan-Arabah valley. It studies their climate, of soil, and agriculture, of natural resources and their exploitation, of population, of trade, and a host of other things. The purpose of the course is to furnish the students a window into the mind of the Bible.

Aharoni, Y., The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography, London, Burns & Oates, 1967. Brown, R.E., and R. North, “Biblical Geography,” inR.E. Brown, J.A. Fitzmyer and R.E. Murphy, (eds.), NJBC, Bangalore, TPI, 2005, 1175-1195. Raphel, C.N., “Geography and the Bible (Palestine),” in Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. II, 964-977.

Joseph Titus P.

IC 07 Qumran Literature 1 Cr

This course will provide a broad overview of the manuscript finds of the Judean desert, particularly from the caves in the vicinity known as Khirbet Qumran, from 1947 to the present. It will examine the literary and historical context of these manuscripts and fragments and will consider the relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the study of the OT.

: The series of folio volumes entitled Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (40 vols. to date; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955- 2009); Martínez, F. G.,and Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar (eds.), The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (2 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 1997-98); Charlesworth, J.H. (ed.), The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations (6 vols. to date; Tübingen/Louisville: J. C. B. Mohr/Westminster John Knox, 1994- ); Schiffman, L.H. and VanderKam, J.C. (eds.), Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2 vols.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Prema Vakayil, csst

IC Hellenistic Judaism 1 Cr

The course, in the beginning, offers a definition of Judaism. Then it analyzes the historical period from which the Hellenistic Judaism emerged. Finally it treats important literary sources of this period inmore detail in order to give insights into the understanding of Hellenistic Judaism and its doctrines.

: Borgen, Peder, “Judaism in Egypt,” in ABD vol. III (1992) 1061-1072. Hengel, Martin, Judaism and Hellenism: Studies in Their Encounter in Palestine during the Early Hellenistic Period, 2 volumes, London: SCM Press, 1974. Neusner, J. & A.J. Avery-Peck, (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Judaism, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.

Joseph Titus P.

IC 13 Sociological Approach to the Bible 1 Cr

The social study of the Bible attempts to reconstruct the proper social setting of the Biblical writings. The course deals with sufficient history of this approach to OT and NT and with the problems concerning the social exegesis supported by critical assessment.

: Elliot, J. H., What is Social-Scientific Criticism? Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993; Martin, D., Reflections on Sociology and Theology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997; Kee, H.C, Christian Origins in Sociological Perspective. London: SCM Press, 1980; Malherbe, A., Social Aspects of Early Christianity. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1983.

Alfred Joseph A.

III. Exegetical and Theological Courses

ET 01 Hebrew Texts 1 Cr

The course aims at a thorough philological and exegetical analysis of the Hebrew Texts. The students are expected to translate the Hebrew text as literally as meaningfully possible. Attention is to be paid to syntax, especially of apocapated forms of the verb, and subordinate clauses with the infinitive

Brown-Driver-Briggs (Gesenius), A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Gesenius, W. and E. Kautsch, Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 21976. Joüon, Paul – T. Muraoka, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, subsidia biblica – 27, vols.2-3, vol. 3, Rome, Pontifical Biblical Institute Press, 2006. Joüon, Paul, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, vols.2-3, vol. 2, Rome, Pontifical Biblical Institute Press, 1991.Waltke, Bruce K. and M. O’Connor, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Winona Lake, Eisenbrauns, 1990. Williams, R.J.,Hebrew Syntax. An Outline, Toronto, University of 118 Faculty of Theology Toronto Press, 1992. Owens, J.J., Analytical Key to the Old Testament, Baker House, Michigan 2000. Baumgartner, K., The New Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament , E.J. Brill, Leiden, New York, 2 vols, 1994-95.

Joseph Titus P.

ET 02 Greek Text 1 Cr

This course handles selected passages from different New Testament books. The purpose is to show that the grammatical analysis of the Greek text can be relevant for the interpretation of the Biblical and Early Christian texts. This course aims to learn to use grammatical and philological tools.

: Blass, F., Albert Debrunner, and Robert Funk, A Greek grammar of the New Testament and other early Christian literature. University of Chicago Press, 1961. Zerwick, M., Biblical Greek Illustrated by Examples, translated from the Latin by Joseph Smith, S.J. Roma. Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1994. Wallace, D.B., Greek Grammar beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament, Zondervan 1997.

Stanislas S.

ET 03 Exegesis of the OT 2 Cr

The course will deal with the Priestly theology as one of the major theological roots of the Torah. It will hightlight the main issues linked with the Priestly texts and show how later traditions reread and reinterprete the Priestly theology, particularly in the frame if the Holiness Code. In this general frame, the course will pay a special attention to the theology of creation and to its later developments.

C. Nihan From Priestly Torah to Pentateuch Tübienge, Mohr Siebeck, 2007; G. Knoppers, B. Levinson (eds), The Pentateuch as Torah, WinonaLake, Indiana, 2007; Th Römer (ed), The Books of Leviticus and Numbers, Leuven, 2008; C. Frevel, A. Schart, Th Pola (eds) , Torah and the Book of Numbers, Tübiengen : Mohr Siebeck 2013.

Olivier Artus

ET 04 Exegesis of the New Testament: 2 Cor 2 Cr

2 Cor is the epistle of an apostle amidst light and clouds. An exegetical study of selected portions of the epistle will investigate the life, theology, spirituality and mission perspectives of the Apostle.

For bibliography anterior to 1986 see NJBC (1986). Add J.F. Collange, Enigmes de la Deuxième Epitre de Paul aux Corinthiens. Etude Exégétique de 2 Cor. 2,14-7,4, SNTSMS 18, (1972). Subsequent commentaries of M.Carrez (French), CNT 7 (1986), F. Lang (German), NTD 7 (1986), C. Wolff (German) THKNT 8 (1989), FW Danker (Augsburg Commentaries) (1989), M.E. Thrall (ICC New Series) vol. 1, 1994; T. Schmeller (German) EKK vol 1, 2010. See also Lorenzo De Lorenzi (ed.),Paolo Ministro del Nuovo Testamento (2 Cor 2,14-4:6), Rome; Benedictina, 1987; Lorenzo De Lorenzi (ed.), The Diakonia of the Spirit (2 Cor 4:7-7:4), Rome; Benedictina, 1989 (contributions in various languages). A critical bibliographical survey of main issues will be found in R. Bieringer and J. Lambrecht, Studies on 2 Corinthians , BETL 112 (Leuven: University Press, 1994) with ample bibliography pp 1-66.

L. Legrand, mep

NT Theology 2 Cr

A general introduction to John’s gospel: comparison with the synoptics, Johannine categories – literary devices such as discourses, irony, misunderstanding, rule of two etc.; the beloved disciple; the audience and purpose of the fourth gospel; aspects of Johannine theology – Christology, soteriology, eschatology, ecclesiology, the hours of Jesus etc.; structure of the gospel; John’s gospel as an illustration of theological reflection – a theological appreciation of some texts.

Brown, R.E., The Gospel according to John, The Anchor Bible, 2 Vols., Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Co. Inc., 1966. Collins, R.F., These Things Have Been Written. Studies on the Fourth Gospel, Louvain Theological and Pastoral Monographs 2, Louvain, Peeters, 1990. De laPotterie, I., The Hour of Jesus. The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus according to John, New York, Alba House, 1997. Ellis, P.F.,The Genius of John: A Composition – Critical Commentary on the Fourth Gospel, Collegeville, Liturgical Press, 1984. Mlakuzhyil, G.,The Christocentric Literary Structuire of the Fourth Gospel, Rome, Biblical Institute Press, 1987. Schnackenburg, R., The Gosepl according to John, 3 vols., New York, Crossroad Publ. Co., 1980. Senior, D., The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John, Collegeville, The Liturguical Press, 1991.

Saldanha, CSsR

ET 08 Biblical Theology of Mission 1 Cr

The Course on Mission in the Synoptic Gospels is made of two parts spread over the two years of the MTh Programme: 1. Mission of Galilean Jesus 2. Mission of Risen Lord (in the Resurrection accounts of the Synoptic Gospels). These two parts must be well distinguished so that they may be better related. They represent the two aspects of the Christ event: pre-paschal and post-paschal aspects or dimensions. The two aspects are complementary and should be mutually understood. The Course for 2014-2015 deals with Part 2: Mission in the Synoptic Gospels: Post Paschal Mission.

General bibliography
J. Jeremias, Jesus’ Promise to the Nations (SBT 24), London: SCM Press, 1958; F. Hahn, Mission in the New Testament, (SBT 47),London: SCM, 1965; J.H. Kahne, Christian Missions in Biblical Perspectives, Grand Rapids: Baker House, 1976; G.W. Peters,A Biblical Theology of Missions, Chicago: Moody Press, 1972; L. Legrand, J. Pathrapanckal and M. Vellanickal,Good News and Witness. The New Testament Understanding of Evangelization, Bangalore: TPI, 1973; D. Senior- C. Stuhlmuller, Biblical Foundations for Mission, New York: Orbis Books, 1983; D.J. Bosch, Transforming Mission. Paradigms Shifts in Mission Theology¸ New York: Orbis Books, 1991, pp 1-180; L. Legrand, Mission in the Bible. Unity and Plurality, Pune: Ishvani Publications 1992 (=NY:Orbis, 1990), pp. 36-83; WJ. Larkin and J.F. Williams (ed.), Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach, New York: Orbis Books, 1999; George Soares Prabhu, various articles in the 4 volumes of Collected Writings of George M. Soares Prabhu, Pune: Jnana-Depa Vidyapeeth, 1999-2003.

Specific Bibliography
for Mission and Resurrection: in addition to Gospels commentaries, see L. Legrand, Mission in the Bible, 64-79; articles reprinted in My Word is near you, vol 2, 148-205; P.V. Varghese Abhilash, Mission as God’s Project in the Synoptics, Delhi: ISPCK, 2012, with
bibliography on pp 394-454..

L. Legrand, mep

Aspects of Biblical Apostolate


02 Theory and Practice of Translation 1 Cr

The course on the Theory and Practice of Translation attempts to bring out a new concept of translation, especially of the Bible and focusses on the new priorities involved in translation. After briefly dealing with the history of translation and the Ancient Versions we look at the various English translations of the Bible. We take also some of the difficult passages and retranslate them according to the principles of analysis, transfer and restructuring.

: Nida, E., Bible translating, London: 1961; Nida, E., The Theory and Practice of Translation, Leiden: 1964; Moser, M. L.,Good News to Modern Man: The Devil’s Masterpiece, Little Rock: 1970; Nida, E., Good News for Everyone, Waco, 1977; Lewis, J.P.,The English Bible from KJV to NIV: A History and Evaluation, Grand Rapids – 1981; Metzger, B.M., et al., The Making of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Grand Rapids: 1991.

Cruz M. Hieronymus

Courses proper to the Alternative Cycle

IC 06 Biblical Archeology 1 Cr

IC 08 Ancient Near Eastern Texts I Cr

IC 09 Palestinian Judaism 1 Cr

IC 11 History of the Old Testament 1 Cr

IC 12 History of the New Testament 1 Cr

IC 14 Indian Exegesis and Hermeneutics 1 Cr

ET 06 Theology of the O.T. 2 Cr

ABA 01 Inter Scriptural Hermeneutics 1 Cr

3.1.3. Syllabus 2014 – 2015

I Semester (July-Sept. 2014)

S. Code Subject Professor Hour

LC 01 Hebrew David Stanly Kumar M. 45

LC 02 Greek Stanislas S. 30

IC 01 Methodology Alfred Joseph 15

IC 02 Exegetical Methods Stanislas S. 15


LC 03 Aramaic David Stanly Kumar M. 15

IC 04 Textual Criticism Assisi Saldanha, cssr 15

ET 01 Hebrew Texts Joseph Titus P. 15

ET 02 Greek Texts Stanislas S. 15


IC 05 Biblical Geography Joseph Titus P. 15

IC 07 Qumran Literature Prema Vakkayil, csst 15

IC 13 Sociological Approach Alfred Joseph 15

ET 03 Exegesis of the OT Olivier Artus 30

ET 08 Biblical Theology of

HANDBOOK & CALENDAR 2014 – 2015 123

Mission L. Legrand, mep 15

ABA 02 Theories & Practice of

Translation Cruz M. Hieronymus 15

II Semester (Oct. 2014-Mar. 2015)

LC 02 Greek Stanislas S. 45

LC 01 Hebrew David Stanly Kumar M. 30


IC 02 Seminar David Stanly Kumar M. 15

IC 03 Biblical Hermeneutics Stanislas S. 15

IC 10 Hellenistic Judaism Joseph Titus P. 15

ET 04 Exegesis of the NT Lucien Legrand, mep 30

ET 07 Theology of the NT Assisi Saldanha, cssr l 30

ET 08 Biblical Theo. of Mission Lucien Legrand, mep 15