Our goal is to create a comprehensive research, study, and reading tool for the Bible, emphasizing the variety of traditions in the biblical text, and the depth and breadth of its interpretations throughout centuries, persuasions, and disciplines.
- the variety of the original biblical versions. The biblical text is represented not only by the Hebrew and Greek but also by the Latin, Syriac, and Aramaic traditions.
- and their reception in history up to the current time: not only information on how the text came to be and what it meant then, but also how the text has been used ever since, in the Jewish tradition, in the theology and liturgy of the Church, and how it has shaped world culture.
The notes are divided into three main registers:
1. ‘Text’, will include notes dealing with the linguistic and literary description of the text, from points in textual criticism to more literary remarks.
2. ‘Contexts’ will group notes dealing with archaeology, history, geography, realia or texts of the ancient world and cultures, relevant to the production of a Biblical text.
3. ‘Reception’ will be the largest zone of annotation; it is to comprise the most important readings of the text throughout history, starting from possible intertextual echoes in parallel texts (in the canonical Bible, in Jewish tradition, or in apocryphal works), continuing to some of the most important readings, including the Church Fathers, medieval Latin and Orthodox theologians, Syriac and other Oriental writers and Protestant Reformers, and liturgy. More cultural notes will also feature philosophy, literature, and visual arts.
The last three Masters of the Order of Preachers have actively supported this scholarly and apostolic endeavor of the Ecole biblique et archéologique of Jerusalem.
The labs are open in dedicated workspaces, book by book, as biblical-scholars and specialists join us:
So many books to edit and translate, annotations and comments to edit, fill-in and research, so great is our invitation to the academic community!
Any and all qualified collaboration proposal will be welcomed: