In line with its mandate to promote theological and biblical studies in the Asian context, Loyola School of Theology, in collaboration with the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines, sponsored the Biblical Studies Forum last July 15 and 16, 2010, on the topic of Doing Biblical Studies in the East Asian Context.

On July 15, there were two public lectures attended by the international participants, CBAP members and associates, LST professors and students. Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza (in the picture above) lectured on "Biblical Studies as Contextual Studies...." This was followed by discussion in small groups. In the afternoon Sr. Rekha Chennattu, RA, delivered a paper on "Doing Biblical Studies in the Asian Context." After this there was an open forum with the two speakers.

Dr. Hens-Piazza is associate professor at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and also serves on the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Sr. Chennattu teaches at the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth in Pune, India.

On July 16, the forum participants from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Australia shared their experiences of inculturated and contextualized study/teaching/ministry of the Word of God in their respective countries.