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Lecturer, Associate Professor of Biblical Theology

Contact Information

LST Office: Room 216
LST Office Phone: (+63 02) 426-64-30 to 35 local 3635


Introduction to the New Testament, Synoptics, Theology of the New Testament, Methods in Religious Education, Basics in the Renewal of Religious Education, Religious Education and Holistic Approaches to Study of Scripture, The Parables of Jesus, German Language

Areas of Interest

Dr. Locker's research includes the parables, New Testament hermeneutics and biblical theology as well as the relationship of systems theory and theology.


Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Monash University, Melbourne
Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City


Born in Vienna, Austria on 18 December 1965, Markus Locker completed an engineering degree and master’s studies in Theology and Philosophy. He obtained a PhD in biblical theology from Loyola School of Theology on the Book of Revelation read in the light of Wittgenstein’s Language-Game Model and Semiotic Analysis and a PhD in philosophy from Monash University, Melbourne with a thesis on the epistemic power of paradoxes in inter- and trans-disciplinary communications. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Society of the Philippines and a fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics. He has written a book on the parables of Jesus (2009) and edited a volume on Systems Theory and Theology (2011). He is currently working on a research project in Practical Biblical Theology and a book on the Imagination of the Faith in early Christian Literature.

Research and Publications


The Power of Paradox (Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2015)

The New World of Jesus’ Parables (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

Edited Books

Systems Theory and Theology. An Interplay of Science and Religion (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011)

Led by the Spirit. Festschrift in Honor of Herbert Schneider, S.J. (Quezon City: Loyola School of Theology, 2002)

Selected Academic Essays and Articles

& Clemens Sedmak. “The Language Game of Revelation: Interpreting the Book of Revelation through Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Language.” Philosophy & Theology 13 (2/2002): 241-262.

“Das Buch der Offenbarung in ganzheitlich-systemtheoretischer Deutung.” Zeitschrift für Ganzheitsforschung 46 (1/2002): 3-10.

“Das Buch der Offenbarung im Verständnis der Sprachphilosophie.” Zeitschrift für Ganzheitsforschung 46 (3/2002): 115-29.

“Hamann – Wittgenstein: Towards Pre-Critical Biblical Hermeneutics.” The Loyola Schools Review. School of Humanities II (2003): 115-131.  [Cited by the Stanford Encyclopedia for Philosophy]

“Die Aktualität des Buches der Offenbarung.” IBW Journal 4 (2003): 3-11.

“Kann eine Biblische Theologie „gut“ sein? Die Gleichnisse Jesu: Eine Philippinische Erfahrung.” in Clemens Sedmak, ed. Was ist gute Theologie? Salzburger Theologische Studien 20 (Innsbruck/Wien: Tyrolia, 2003): 151-163.

“Von Gleichnissen und Systemen.” Biblisches Forum (February 2004). E-Journal on-line. Available from

& Ma. Lucia C. Natividad, Joseph L. Roche. “The Use of Scripture in Theology and Religious Education: A Holistic Approach.” The Loyola Schools Review. School of Humanities III (2004): 3-32.

 “Revelation’s New Jerusalem: A sign of Christian Identity,” Semiotics (2003): 234-242.

“Reading and Re-reading Matthew’s Parable of the Talents in Context.” Biblische Zeitschrift  49/2 (2005): 161-173.

“Jesus’ Language-Games: The Significance of the Notion of Language-Game for a Reformulation of ‘New Testament Biblical Theology,” Heythrop Journal 50 (2009) 392-401.

“System-Theorie als Theorienbasis für die Theologie. Ein Versuch und Vorschlag.“ IBW Journal 4 (2004): 16-22.

“Systems Theory and the Conundrum of ens: Thoughts and Aphorisms.” Foundations of Science 11 (2006): 297-317. 

“Solidaridät: Spurensuche auf den Philippinen,” in Clemens Sedmak, ed. Solidarität. Vom Wert der Gemeinschaft. Grundwerte Europas. Vol 1. (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2010) :147-162.

“And who shaves God? Nature and role of paradoxes in‘science and religion’ communications: ‘A case of foolish virgins’.” Empedocles European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 1/2 (2009): 187-201.

“Entwurf einer biblischen Theologie der Tragik. Erfahrungen und Begegnungen,“ in Clemens Sedmak & G. Schweiger, Das Tragische Begreifen (Hamburg; Verlag Dr. Kovač, 2012): 135-155.

“Seeing the Unseeable? Speaking the Unspeakable: From a Kenosis of Exegesis toward a Spiritual Biblical Theology“ Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research 4 (2012): 3-30.

“Translating the No-Man,” Kritika Kultura 21/22 (2013/2014): 258-269.