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.