The 9th Annual CBAP Convention (2008)

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines held its 9th Annual Convention last 18-20 July 2008 at Phinma Training Center in Tagaytay City.

The theme chosen for this year’s convention was “The Torah and Paul” – 2008 being a year dedicated to the Apostle to the Gentiles. The two major papers were: “Eschatological Motivations of Paul’s Moral Imperatives in the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians” by Renato Repole, SJ, Rector of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City, and “The Book and Text: Some Questions about Reading the Bible” by Jean-Louis Ska, SJ, Professor of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

There were six workshop papers presented: “Deborah Disclosed: Prophet, Woman and Judge” by Kristine Meneses; “Peter and Paul: with Different Charisms” by Gil Alinsangan, SSP; “The Story of Aqhat: Ugaritic Background of the Prologue of the Book of Job” by Randolf Flores, SVD; “Jesus and His Movement” by Carmelo Sorita; “Remembering the Poor, Remembering Paul” by Carlito Reyes; and “Freedom and Love: Core Values in Pauline Ethics” by Leander Barrot, OAR.

The following were elected to the CBAP Board of Trustees: Gil Alinasangan, SSP; Cielito Almazan, OFM; Leander Barrot, OAR; Bernardita Dianzon, FSP (BOT Secretary); Randolf Flores, SVD (President); Helen Graham, MM; Victor Nicdao (Vice President); Felipe Fruto Ramirez, SJ; and Herbert Schneider, SJ (Exec. Secretary & Treasurer).

See photos: First Day; Second Day; Third Day; LST Public Lecture

CBAP Convention: 18 July 08 (Fri) – Photos

Rene Repole delivering his lecture

Phinma [3461, 3462, 3463, 3464, 3465, 3443
, 3486, 3487]
Registration [3398, 3399, 3400, 3401, 3402, 3403, 3404, 3405, 3406, 3407, 3408]
Opening Liturgy [3409, 3410, 3411, 3412, 3413, 3414, 3415, 3416, 3417, 3418]
Moderator: Ms. Arche Ligo [3419]
Orientation: Leander Barrot, OAR [3420]
President’s Report: Victor Nicdao [3421]
Presentation of New Members: Bernardita Dianzon, FSP [3422]
Break [3423, 3424, 3425, 3426]
Financial Report: Herbert Schneider, SJ [3427]
Introduction to the First Major Speaker: Manuel Montesclaros, SJ [3428]
First Major Paper: Renato Repole, SJ [3429]
Eucharistic Celebration: Cielito Almazan, OFM [3431]
Choir [3408, 3430]
Socials [3432, 3433, 3434, 3435, 3436, 3437, 3438, 3439, 3440, 3441, 3442]

CBAP Convention: 19 July 08 (Sat) – Photos

Jean-Louis Ska delivering his lecture

Moderator of the Day: Gil Alinsangan, SSP [3448]
Introduction to the Second Major Speaker: Randolf Flores, SVD [3449]
Second Major Paper: Jean-Louis Ska, SJ [3450, 3451, 3452, 3453]
Break & Book Sales [3454, 3455, 3456, 3457]
Workshop Paper 1: Kristine Meneses [3458, 3459]
Workshop Paper 2: Gil Alinsangan, SSP [3460]
Reports: OT & NT Interest Groups [3466, 3467, 3468]
Announcement of Election Results: Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, FSP [3469]
Workshop Paper 3: Randolf Flores, SVD [3470, 3471]
Workshop Paper 4: Carmelo Sorita
Presentation of Membership Policy: Herbert Schneider, SJ [3472]
Open Forum [3473]
Eucharistic Celebration: Bp. Broderick Pabillo, DD [3474, 3475, 3476]
Socials & Cocktail [3477, 3478, 3479, 3480, 3481, 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485]
Meeting of OT & NT Interest Groups


CBAP Convention: 20 July 08 (Sun) - Photos

Concluding Liturgy presided by Jean-Louis Ska, SJ

Opening Prayer
Moderator of the Day: Miriam Alejandrino, OSB [3488]
Workshop Paper 5: Carlito Reyes [3489, 3490]
Workshop Paper 6: Leander Barrot, OAR [3491, 3492]
Turnover of Responsibilities [3493, 3494, 3495, 3496, 3497]
Eucharistic Celebration: Jean-Louis Ska, SJ [3498, 3499, 3500, 3501]
Lunch [3502, 3503]



Loyola School of Theology
in collaboration with
The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines
presents a public lecture by


on Wednesday, 23 July 2008, at 8:00 PM
in the LST Cardinal Sin Center

*Tickets at 100 PhP each | *Free Admission for LST Students

Jean Louis Ska, professor of Old Testament Exegesis (Pentateuch) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, studied philosophy in Namur (Belgium), theology in Frankfurt am Main, and Scripture in Rome, where he received licentiate and doctorate degrees (1980 and 1984) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. His dissertation, Le passage de la mer: Étude de la construction, du style et de la symbolique d’Ex 14:1-31, Analecta Biblica 109; was published in 1986. His other major works are: “Our Fathers Have Told Us”: Introduction into the Analysis of Hebrew Narratives, Subbib 13; Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute Press, 1990, 22000; Abraham Et Ses Hotes : Le Patriarche Et Les Croyants Au Dieu Unique; Editions Lessius, 2001; Les énigmes du passé. Histoire d’Israël et récit biblique, traduction de E. Di Pede, Le livre et le rouleau 14; Bruxelles: Lessius – Paris: Le Cerf, 2002, 22002, 32003.

Ska’s latest work, Introduction to Reading the Pentateuch (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2006), has received glowing reviews. Ernest Nicholson has this to say: “I know of no recent introduction to the Pentateuch that is as comprehensive as this, as attractive or amenable in its approach, or as well informed about the current debates….” According to David M. Carr : “This book is now the best starting point for an introduction to past and present study of the formation of the Pentateuch.” And Bernard M. Levinson says: “It offers a first-rate introduction to the most recent European theories on the composition of the Pentateuch, and Ska is judicious in his assessments of these theories. This Introduction successfully integrates legal and narrative approaches, while taking into account matters of language, social history, and empirical evidence. The book is distinctive for its careful attention to the role of editing and redaction in the formation of ancient literature.”


Bible and Ecology

The Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Convention of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines have now been published in the book Bible and Ecology (Manila: 2007), 130 pp. The book contains the following articles:


  • “Nature’s Beauty and Turmoil” (Felipe Fruto Ll. Ramirez, SJ)
Convention Theme:
  • “Bible and Ecology” (Cielito Almazan, OFM)
Major Papers:
  • “‘Things too wonderful for me’ (Job 42:3): Job and the New Cosmology” (Dianne Bergant, CSA)
  • “A Re-Reading of the Priestly Creation Story with a Special Consideration of the Hebrew Verbs rdh and kbš in Gen 1:26-28” (Bienvenido Q. Baisas, OFM)
Workshop Papers:
  • “OT Holy Mountain Ethos and Its NT Transformation” (Rafael Dy-Liacco)
  • “Assembly of Gods and Goddesses and the Fate of Humanity: A Survey of Cuneiform Texts from the Ancient Near East” (Randolf C. Flores, SVD)
  • “‘Kay Yhwh ang Lupa at Kapunuan Nito’ (Awit 24:1-2): Pagsasalin sa Wikang Filipino mula sa Batayang Teksto ng Wikang Hebreo” (Martha Gamolo, DC)
  • “Glory of the Name, Human Kingship, Welfare of Creation: How Does It All Fit Together? A Study on the ‘Son of Adam’ of Psalm 8” (Emmanuel Hirschauer)
  • “How Do Biblical Scriptures Want to Be Understood? Leading Questions towards an Inner Hermeneutics of the Bible” (Dominik Markl, SJ)

Biblical Perspectives on the Integrity of Creation

Dianne Bergant's public lectures in Manila on July 2007 have now been published by the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines. The book Biblical Perspectives on the Integrity of Creation (48 pp.) contains three of her lectures:

"Integrity of All Creation: The Basis for Contemporary Theology and Spirituality"

"The Wisdom Tradition and Creation"

"Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O Lord (Ps 130:1)"

Besides delivering the main lecture at the Seventh Anual CBAP Convention, Bergant gave public lectures at Loyola School of Theology, Divine Word Seminary, Institute for the Formation of Religious Sisters, and Maryhill School of Theology. All her lectures were well received by an appreciative audience.


2008 Summer Program in the Biblical Languages

Loyola School of Theology, in collaboration with the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines, will be offering the following courses during summer, from 7 April to 16 May 2008:

Biblical Greek I - Prof. Renato Repole, SJ (8:15-10:00 AM). The student will be introduced to the basics of Biblical Greek by means of an active immersion in the language using the approach in modern linguistics to language learning. Challenging but enjoyable work will lead to a mastery of the basics.

Biblical Hebrew I - Prof. Herb Schneider, SJ (10:15-12:00 AM). This is an introductory course to the language of the Old Testament using modern linguistic approach to language learning. The course deals with the Hebrew alphabet, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, articles, pronominal suffixes, construct chains, and the QAL forms of the verbs. The students are expected to do the exercises. Quizzes, oral reading practice, and exams will be given to gain mastery of the language.

A minimum of eight enrollees is needed for the course to be offered. Ten are the maximum number of students allowed to enroll in the course.

REGISTRATION IS NOW GOING ON. Since only a limited number of students can be accepted, enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis. Last day of enrollment is April 4, 2008. The first eight students to enroll in the course will get a tuition subsidy of 1000 PhP from the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines.

Click here for details.

2008 CBAP Annual Convention

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines will hold its 9th Annual Convention on 18-20 July 2008. The major speakers will be Jean Louie Ska, SJ, and Renato Repole, SJ.

Ska is OT professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Repole is Rector and NT professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.