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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.


[lectures will be in Italian, unless otherwise indicated] :

Monday 23 January

  1. The Praxis of Textual Criticism with New Data and New Tools in 2023
    (in English – Italian text will be available)

    Prof. Emanuel Tov [The Hebrew University of Jerusalem].
  2. The Samaritan Pentateuch and Its Contribution Towards the Textual History of the Pentateuch
    (in English – Italian text will be available)

    Prof. Stefan Schorch [Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg].
  3. Between "Biblical" and "Parabiblical": the Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on the History of the Text of the Hebrew Bible
    Prof. Corrado Martone [Università degli Studi di Torino].

In-depth afternoon sessions

    1) The Yaḥad, Its 'Authoritative' Texts, and the Debate around the Provenance of the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls [prof. Vasile Babota].
    2) Correcting or Interpreting? Between Textual and Literary Criticism [prof. Bruno Ognibeni].
    3) Qumranic Variants in Modern Translations [prof. Andrea Ravasco].

Tuesday 24 January

  1. The Targum Interprets the Hebrew Text
    Prof. Craig Morrison
    [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  2. The Development of Peshitta Studies
    Prof. Claudio Balzaretti
    [Liceo classico e linguistico Carlo Alberto di Novara].
  3. The LXX at the Center: the Rediscovery of the Greek Bible in the Study of the OT
    Prof. Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].

In-depth afternoon sessions

    1) The Scriptures of Israel in the Second and Third Centuries CE [prof. Maurizio Girolami].

    2) Urim and Thummim in the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Between Textual Criticism and Literary Criticism [prof. Domenico Lo Sardo].

    3) Linguistics and Textual Criticism: When One Field Illuminates the Other [prof.ssa Paola Mollo].

    4) Some Bibles of the Vatican Apostolic Library: From Manuscripts to digital Dersion and Vice-versa [Dr.ssa Claudia Montuschi].

Wednesday 25 January

  1. The Ancient Latin Versions of the Bible
    Prof. Dionisio Candido [Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose, Siracusa].
  2. The Text of the Book of Kings
    Prof. Peter Dubovský [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].

    [Wednesday afternoon: free]

Thurday 26 January

  1. «Questa o quella per me pari sono». Walking through Ancient Versions of the Pentateuch
    Prof. Federico Giuntoli [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  2. Paul Kahle's Disillusions and Our Frustrations: the Story of the Aleppo Codex
    Prof. Jean Louis Ska [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  3. The Text of Jeremiah for the 21st Century
    (in English – Italian text will be available)

    Dr. Miika Tucker [University of Helsinki].
In-depth afternoon sessions

    1) Textual Criticism and Literary Techniques in the Book of Job [prof. Robert Althann].
    2) Study of Some Texts from the Book of Ben Sira and Their Evolution in Versions: Examples of an Interesting Case [prof. Severino Bussino].

    3) From critica textus to critica textuum. Examples from the "Minor" Books (Judith, Esther, Tobit, Life of Adam and Eve, etc.) [prof. Marco Zappella].

Friday 27 January

  1. The Book of Daniel: Selected Testual Problems
    Proff. Marco Settembrini[Facoltà Teologica dell'Emilia Romagna] – Agustinus Gianto [Pontificio Istituto Biblico].
  2. The Book of Ben Sira: A Textual Challenge
    Prof.ssa Nuria Calduch Benages [Pontificia Università Gregoriana].

Friday p.m. (closing lecture):


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)