BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 11TH

June 11 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 11, three STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

John Paul Soro SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "God’s Progressive Revelation: Creation, Fullness in Christ, the Holy Spirit in the Church, and the Beatific Vision at the Parousia".

Desta Wolde Milkisa SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Priesthood of Christ and of Christians: The Nature and Exercise of the Common and the Ministerial Priesthood and the Treatment of These Themes in Ecumenical Dialogue".

Paolo Negrini SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "'He Loved Them to the End' (Jn 13:1). Christ’s Self-Giving Love for Us, Revealed in Its Fullness in the Paschal Mystery, Enables Us to Live Our Life in Him, in the Trinity, in the Church and for the World, so That We Become Self-Giving, like Him".

John Paul Soro SDB
Desta Wolde Milkisa SDB
Paolo Negrini SDB

BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 9TH

June 9 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 9, three STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

Vladimir Plasek SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "Christians Are Sons and Daughters in the Son: “But When the Fullness of Time Had Come, God Sent His Son, Born of a Woman, Born under the Law, to Ransom Those under the Law, So That We Might Receive Adoption. As Proof That You Are Children, God Sent the Spirit of His Son into Our Hearts, Crying Out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Gal 4:4-6)".

Gnana Pragash Rayappan SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "'God Became Man So That Man Could Become the Son Of God' (Athanasius). The Incarnation Reveals the Holy Trinity’s Project of Eternal Love and Manifests the Model of a New Humanity in Christ".

Andrea Lupi SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Parousia of the Lord As Condition For The Full Realization Of The Life In Christ".

Vladimir Plasek SDB
Gnana Pragash Rayappan SDB
Andrea Lupi SDB

BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 8TH

June 8 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 8, two STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

Vernon Lushibashi SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "Jesus Transcends Social Barriers, Offers Himself as the Sacrificial Lamb and Unites Divided Humanity".

Anil Kido SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Eucharist as an "Action of Christ and of the People of God Hierarchically Ordered" Is the Summit of Christian Life and the Source from Which the Church’s Action Takes Its Origin".

Vernon Lushibashi SDB
Anil Kido SDB

BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 7TH

June 7 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 7, three STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

Benedetto Di Bitonto successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "'We Saw His Star at Its Rising and Have Come to Do Him Homage.' A Sign of Fulfillment, Salvation, Divinity and Universality: Theological Implications of Matthew 2:1-12".

Joel Moreira successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "Jesus’ Hour and Human Redemption: 'Amen, Amen, I Say to You, Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls to the Ground and Dies, It Remains Just a Grain of Wheat, but if It Dies, It Produces Much Fruit' (Jn 12:24)".

Tiziano Conti SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "'Truth, Freedom and Conscience: Christ, Who Taught That 'The Truth Will Set You Free' (Jn 8:32) and Described Himself as 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' (Jn 14:6) Illumines the Individual Conscience, Bringing Human Beings into the Fullness of Truth and Setting Them Free".

Benedetto Di Bitonto
Joel Moreira
Tiziano Conti SDB

BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 6TH

June 6 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 6, three STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

Asmare Degeffe SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Trinitarian Love of God Fully Revealed in Jesus Christ and Offered to the Whole of Humanity through the Cooperation of His Mother Mary".

Javier Quinones Orengo SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "A Theology of Blessing: Divine Gift and Human Response for a Reconciled and Fruitful Humanity​ (​Eph 1: 3-14)".

Romero D’Souza SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "'And the Word Became Flesh' (Jn 1:14): Understanding the Eternal and Incarnate Word and Exploring the Intimate Link Between Christology and Soteriology".

Asmare Degeffe SDB
Javier Quinones Orengo SDB
Romero D'Souza SDB

BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 5TH

June 5 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 5, three STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

Alemayehu Bedassa Tura SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "To Imitate the Father, to Live in Christ and to Be Led by the Spirit as Distinctive Characteristics of Christian Life".

Olivier Ndayikengurukiye M.Afr successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Multiform Action of the Word of God as Creating the World, as Actively Present in the Scriptures, as Incarnated for People's Salvation and as Sanctifying in the Sacraments".

Dominic Kondwani Kapatamoyo M.Afr successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Family as the Vital Cell of Society and the Church. The Trinity’s Original Design for the Family: Contemporary Challenges and the Need for Pastoral Guidance".

Alemayehu Bedassa Tura SDB
Olivier Ndayikengurukiye M.Afr
Dominic Kondwani Kapatamoyo M.Afr

BACCALAUREATE EXAMS: JUNE 4TH 2018

June 4 2018 - STS - Jerusalem On June 4, the summer session of Baccalaureate exams began.  Three STS Students successfully completed their Baccalaureate exams.

Mathew Nice Kurian SDB successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "The Identity and Mission of Those Called to Follow Christ: Discipleship in Its Apostolic Origins and in Contemporary Christian Practice".

Raphael Patrick Sebyera Ndirenganya M.Afr successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "Universality of the Call to Be Children of God".

Simon Chege Njuguna M.Afr successfully presented his Theological Synthesis, "Jesus Christ, the Only Mediator between God and Humanity, Who Fulfilled His Universal Salvific Mission in His Paschal Mystery and Makes It Operative Now through His Church".

Mathew Nice Kurian SDB
Raphael Patrick Sebyera Ndirenganya M.Afr
Simon Chege Njuguna M.Afr

BOOK OF ANDRZEJ TOCZYSKI PUBLISHED

May 17 2018  Studium Theologicum Salesianum  Jerusalem The STS is proud to announce that Fr. Andrzej Toczyski, SDB, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages, has published his first book, The ‘Geometrics’ of the Rahab Story: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Joshua 2.  This scholarly monograph was released on May 17, 2018 by Bloomsbury T & T Clark publishers in London, as part of the prestigious Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies series.  It is based on his 2015 Ph.D. dissertation at Heythrop College, University of London, written under the guidance of Dr. Ann Jeffers.

Fr. Andrzej uses chapter 2 of the book of Joshua, the story of Rahab the prostitute, as an example for examining the relationship between the biblical text and its readers.  What linguistic factors within the Hebrew text guide the reading process?  How have successive generations of readers influenced one another’s interpretations?  How can the power of storytelling (an under-appreciated dimension of the Rahab story) provide grounds for inter-cultural dialogue in our postmodern world?

By approaching the text from a number of different perspectives and combining several exegetical methods, Fr. Andrzej presents a view of Joshua 2 which is truly multi-dimensional, or “geometrical” as the title indicates.  This type of fresh approach, which employs methodology precisely and creative ways, characterizes the best of current biblical scholarship.  The STS warmly congratulates Fr. Andrzej on this professional milestone which represents a significant contribution to the study of the Bible in the Church and in the academic world.

More information on the text is available on the Bloomsbury Publishing Website.

INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

May 9 2018  Tantur Ecumenical Institute  Jerusalem On May 9, 2018, more than 100 Christians, Jews, and Muslims attended the Conference on “Interfaith Climate Change and Renewable Energy”, intended to engage religious leaders and community members in discussing and promoting environmentally sustainable practices and the use of renewable energy.

As for previous similar initiatives and also for this occasion, the STS found it meaningful and thought-provoking.

In an ever-increasing number, many are of the opinion that religious institutions should be involved and stimulated to make good use of renewable energy and provide support to their leaders and communities over a sustained period. Pope Francis moved in this direction in Laudato Si’. In fact, different numbers of the Exhortation talk about the problem of a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels and on the need to substitute them by developing sources of renewable energy, even if such an endeavour would require the establishment of mechanisms and subsidies that allow developing countries access to technology transfer, technical assistance and financial resources.

Even recognizing that in many societies the priorities must be to eliminate extreme poverty and to promote the social development of their people, to acknowledge the ongoing pollution of the planet that cannot be undervalued. In this task, Catholic institutions have the potential to encourage a more efficient use of energy, to promote a better management of resources, to educate and actively help deploy solar and wind fields to bring electricity to their members, reduce indoor air pollution and deforestation, and curb climate change.

The full-working Day, organized in three Plenary Sessions – on “Climate Change and the Middle East: A scientific Perspective”, “The Religious Basis for Renewable Energy Use”, and “Renewable Energy Development on Regional Initiatives” –, two Breakout Workshops and an Ecological Walking Tour, was made even more pleasant by an assorted vegan lunch.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of Jerusalem, stated: “There should be harmony and balance in creation, and we have to restore it. Fossil fuels exploit the earth in a sinful way, and pollution disrupts the harmony of creation. By contrast, renewable energies are respectful of harmony in creation.”

Dr. Alon Tal, Chair of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, summed it up in stating: “In facing the challenge of climate change, faith and creed have a critical role to play in motivating the people of the planet to transform their personal and collective behaviour and practices. The climate crisis is not a crisis of technology, but one of values. In the age-old struggle between greed and generosity, religion has always had something to say.”

Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, said that “the first chapter of Genesis states that God created luminaries the sun and the moon– to shine light on the Earth. An abundance of solar energy reaches the Earth and we can harvest that energy to enable clean power for billions of people.”

The day included various small group discussions
More than 100 Christians, Jews, and Muslims attended the Conference
Plenary Session featuring (from L to R) Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (Apostolic Administrator of Jerusalem), Rabbi Yonatan Neril (Founder & Director of Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, Moderator), Yasmin Barhum (Facilitator at Living in the Levant) and Rabbi Yedidya Sinclair (Senior Rebbinic Scholar, Hazon)
Plenary Session featuring (from L to R) Dr Gershon Baskin (VP for Special Projects, Gigawatt Global, Moderator), Dr Giulia Giordano (International Affairs Manager, EcoPeace Middle East), Tahani Abu Daqqa (Former Minister of Culture, Palestinian Authority, Founder of Palestinian Solar Energy Association), Josef Abramowitz (CEO of Gigawatt Global)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCURSION TO MT. GERIZIM, JACOB’S WELL, SEBASTIAN AND SHILOH

Samuel Sesay SDB

May 3 2018 - Samaria - West Bank It was the last archaeological excursion for this academic year! The group of students left Jerusalem at 8:00am for Mount Gerizim, located south of Shechem and the Roman city of Neapolis. The visit would include Mount Gerizim in Samaria, Jacob’s well in Nablus, the tomb of John the Baptist and Ancient Shiloh.

The first site visited, Mount Gerizim, was quite interesting and educative for both history and faith formation. From the biblical perspective we know that Mount Gerizim is famous for the blessings and curses that the people of Israel proclaimed when Joshua led them into the land (Deuteronomy 11:29). The Samaritans came into the land after the Assyrian conquest of the Israelites. The Samaritans are believed to be descendants of the Jews, mainly from the tribe of Manasseh and Ephraim. The Samarians built a temple akin to the one in Jerusalem in the 5th century BC. It was eventually destroyed in 111 BC by the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus. Nevertheless, the mountain is currently the place where the Samaritans’ highest population is found and where its religion is mostly practiced. Fr Piotr Zelazko, guide for the archaeological excursions all year, gave a detailed explanation of the ruins of the Roman city and other attractive sites there.

The next places visited, Jacob’s Well, the tomb of John the Baptist and ancient Shiloh, were no less interesting or educative. The Gospel of John gives a description of Jesus’ encounter with the Samarian woman at the well of Jacob, in a place called Sychar, close to the field given to Joseph by his father Jacob (John 4:5-6). One interesting thing that happened there was probably the solemn drinking of the water from Jacob’s Well by some pious students.

In ancient Shiloh, we saw a fascinating video, which gave a succinct but detailed summary of the events that happened in Shiloh during the time the Ark of the Covenant stayed there. We arrived in Jerusalem from Shiloh at 5:30pm, full with images of the different places we had seen during the day.

Fr Piotr Zelazko, guide for the archaeological excursions all year, gave a detailed explanation of the ruins of the Roman city and other attractive sites there.
The first site visited, Mount Gerizim, was quite interesting and educative for both history and faith formation.
The next places visited, Jacob’s Well, the tomb of John the Baptist and ancient Shiloh, were no less interesting or educative
The Gospel of John gives a description of Jesus’ encounter with the Samarian woman at the well of Jacob, in a place called Sychar, close to the field given to Joseph by his father Jacob