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Seminar for those teaching or researching Sacred Scripture

At the request of a number of persons interested in the study of Scripture, especially former students of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Institute organizes a program of ongoing training for researchers in, and teachers of, Sacred Scripture in Faculties of Theology and other institutions of learning.

The details for this program are as follows: every year a seminar of study will be organized, designed for teachers and/or researchers in the domain of Sacred Scripture. The purpose is to enable those taking part to get up to date with developments in the various fields of biblical studies and to provide a platform for discussion among those professionally engaged in the teaching of Scripture in various parts of the world. The seminar should not only be an opportunity for listening and getting up to date, but also of active participation, encouraging those in attendance to share experiences in the fields of teaching and of research.

The seminar avails itself of some professors, chosen from instructors at the Biblical Institute or from other faculties, who are entrusted with the planning of the seminar. Other professors are also involved to present different subject matters, which will have every day a thematic or methodological unity.

The seminar will last a week, from Monday to Friday inclusive, and will take place between the two semesters, that is, towards the end of January.

The direction of the seminars of 2012 and 2013 was een entrusted by the rector of the Institute to Prof. José Luis Sicre Díaz, S.J. From 2013, the direction was entrusted to Prof. Pietro Bovati, S.J. In 2022, the Rector has appointed as the new director Prof. R.P. Jean Louis Ska, S.J.

Seminar 2023 [23 - 27 January 2023]

Subject matter:  Texts and versions of the OT: from Textual Criticism to Literary Criticism

Academic Coordinator of the Seminar is Prof. Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto, Professor of Textual Criticism at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, assisted by Proff. Jean Louis Ska and Federico Giuntoli.

The Seminar includes three common formal lectures every day: two in the morning (9:00-12:00) and one in the afternoon (15:00-16:15), and in-depth afternoon sessions (16:30-18:00) for groups. These last will be either in the form of lecture presentations or seminar discussions.

Planned program (titles are only indicative of the subject matter)
[lectures will be in Italian, unless otherwise indicated] :

Monday 23 January

  1. Recent developments in textual criticism of the OT (in English)
    Prof. Emanuel Tov [The Hebrew University of Jerusalem].
  2. The Samaritan Pentateuch (in English)
    Prof. Stefan Schorch [Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg].
  3. Biblical Texts from Qumran
    Prof. Corrado Martone [Università degli Studi di Torino].

Tuesday 24 January

  1. Targum
    Prof. Craig Morrison
    [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  2. Peshitta
    Prof. Claudio Balzaretti
    [Liceo classico e linguistico Carlo Alberto di Novara].
  3. Greek version of LXX
    Prof. Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].

Wednesday 25 January

  1. Latin Versions
    Prof. Dionisio Candido [Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose, Siracusa].
  2. The Text of the Pentateuch (I)
    Prof. Jean Louis Ska [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  • [pomeriggio del mercoledì: libero]

Thurday 26 January

  1. The Rext of the Pentateuch (II)
    Prof. Federico Giuntoli [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  2. The Text of 1-2 Kings
    Prof. Peter Dubovský [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  3. The Text of the Book of Jeremiah
    Prof.ssa Benedetta Rossi [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].

Friday 27 January

  1. The Text of the Book of Daniel
    Proff. Marco Settembrini [Facoltà Teologica dell'Emilia Romagna] – Agustinus Gianto [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  2. The Text of the Book of Ben Sira
    Prof.ssa Nuria Calduch Benages [Pontificia Università Gregoriana].

Friday p.m. (closing lecture):

Afternoons sessions (seminar or lectures)

Topics and lecturers of the sessions will be announced later. However, lectures by the following professors are already planned:

  • Babota Vasile (Pontificia Università Gregoriana)
  • Lo Sardo Domenico (Pontificia Università Antonianum)
  • Scialabba Daniela (Pontificio Istituto Biblico)
  • Althann Robert (Pontificio Istituto Biblico)
  • Zappella Marco (Edizioni San Paolo)


Requests for participation should be sent to the Secretary of the Institute: pibsegr@biblico.it.

Application deadline: October 10, 2022.

Online participation will also be possible. When making the registration please specify the chosen mode.

No fee is required at the time of registration, but please send your application only if you really plan to attend, because the final organization of the week will also depend on the number of participants.


For further infomration: Segretario Generale PIB (pibsegr@biblico.it)