Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines Holds Annual Convention with Leading Biblical Scholar

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) will hold its 9th annual convention at PHINMA Convention Center, Tagaytay City from July 17-19 2009. The convention gathers together around 60 biblical scholars, professors, and observers from all over the country.

CBAP is also celebrating its 10th year foundation anniversary and thus chose the theme for this convention: "Return with tenfold zeal" (Baruch 4:28).

The keynote speakers are Prof. James H. Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary and Sr. Miriam Alendrino, OSB, Dean of Studies of the Redemptorist Seminary in Davao City and invited professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay City.

Prof. Charlesworth will deliver a paper with the title: "Did the Serpent Deceive Eve?" The Princeton scholar has just published The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2009). Charlesworth is, of course, the famous editor of the the two-volume Old Testmanent Pseudepigrapha and an authority of the Dead Sea Scrolls. For further information on him, please click here.

Sr. Miriam's paper is on the Prologue of the Gospel of John. She holds a licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Biblicum in Rome and doctorate (on the Book of Judges) from the Gregorian University (Rome). Besides teaching, she is also very much involved in the biblical apostolate and much sought-after speaker on biblical themes.

The workshop speakers are (1) Pastor Noli Mendoza, faculty member of Asian Theological Seminary, who will talk on the Prophet Jeremiah; (2) Fr. Freddie Billanes (SSL Rome) of St. Pius X Seminary (Capiz) -- on the penitent criminal in Luke; and (3) Mr. Mike Lapid, a banker from Pampanga and graduate student of Divine Word Seminary (Tagaytay)--on Paul's Letter to the Philippians.

At the opening mass, Ms. Chin Chin Gutierrez (actress) will sing "Whispers of the New World" composed by Fr. Nicolas Sengson, SVD and lyrics written by well-loved former member of CBAP, the late Fr. Anthony Ceresko, OSFS.

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the concluding mass on Sunday (19 July) at 11:00 am.

CBAP executive director is Fr. Herb Schneider, SJ; head of organizing committee is Fr. Leander Barrot, OAR; and the current president is Fr. Randy Flores, SVD.

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