A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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This School Year 2017-2018 in the Second Semester, we will begin our "Theology in an Asian Language Series" by offering a Biblical Theology course in Vietnamese. The Vietnamese comprise the biggest group of international students at the Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities (Loyola School of Theology). We will also offer Theology courses in other Asian languages in the succeeding semesters in order to provide opportunities for our bigger international groups to theologize at TMP-LST in the Asian context and in their own Asian language.

Reading the Gospels Like a Scribe
Instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven

About the Visiting Professor
Our visiting professor is Fr. Joseph Nguyễn Công Đoan SJ, a Vietnamese Jesuit. He obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) degree from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. From 1975 to 1981 – under very difficult circumstances – he served as Regional Superior of Jesuits in Vietnam. He was arrested by the Communist authorities at that time and was interred in a prison and labor camp from 1981-1990. In 2003, he was called to Rome by Fr. General to serve as General Counselor and Regional Assistant for East Asia and Oceania. He was then appointed as Superior of Jesuits in the Holy Land from 2008 to 2014. Now living in Jerusalem, he does spiritual ministry at the service of religious communities.
Course Description
Right from the first Kerygma, the apostles have referred to the Old Testament to explain the mystery of Jesus Christ as an accomplishment of God’s plan announced by Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, i.e. the Old Testament Scripture. Jesus himself proposed a model: “Every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old” (Mt 13, 52). Today, biblical scholars offer so many methods to interpret the gospels. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a privileged experience of reading the gospels “secundum Scripturas” and to help students to approach the Word of God in a living and personal way.
This 3-unit course may be enrolled as credit (with grade) or audit (no grade). No sit-in students are allowed. Cross-enrollees from other schools should present a Cross-Enroll Form signed by their Dean or Registrar upon enrollment.
Non-LST students and cross-enrollees should download the Application Form for Non-Certificate students from www.lst.edu/academics/downloads and email the accomplished form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , indicating their intent to enroll in the course. Enrollment instructions will be sent by email.
Class Schedule
Second Semester, SY 2017-2018
Monday and Thursday, 2:00 to 4:40 pm
From the week of January 15
to the week of March 12, 2018
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