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Dominican History. Part 3 : The Foundation of the Order of Preachers 1215-1217

Dominican History. Part 3 : The Foundation of the Order of Preachers 1215-1217

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1215 marks an important new stage in the history of Prouilhe and the beginnings of the Order of Preachers. In order that he might have some ecclesiastical status in the diocese of Toulouse, Bishop Foulque appointed Dominic as parish priest at Fanjeaux in 1214.

Dominican History. Part 4 : Dominican Nuns and Their Legislation in the 13th Century

Dominican History. Part 4 : Dominican Nuns and Their Legislation in the 13th Century

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It begins with a study of the early legislation for Dominican nuns. This should be of interest to all students, given that these were the first Dominican women in the Order, and in the mid-13th century, the only Dominican women. The texts reproduced here laid the foundation for legislation for Dominican sisters for centuries to come.

 

Dominican History. Part 5 : Dominican Nuns spread throughout Europe 1220-1350

Dominican History. Part 5 : Dominican Nuns spread throughout Europe 1220-1350

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The parameters adopted for this Part correspond on the one hand to the preparations for the foundation of the monastery at Bologna in the last year of St Dominic’s life, and on the other to the halt brought to the expansion of all forms of monastic life by the plague that spread through Europe in the middle of the 14th century.

Dominican History. Part 6 : The Cura Monialium Question in the 13th Century

Dominican History. Part 6 : The Cura Monialium Question in the 13th Century

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Cura monialium means quite simply the care of the nuns. The texts presented in this Part show that this question was a major issue in the Dominican Order in the 13th century and indeed is still receiving attention from academics in secular universities in various countries of the world. IN163-6

Historical Books of the Old Testament

Historical Books of the Old Testament

In this course we look at the Hebrews’ arrival in the Promised Land and continue right up to the end of their existence as an independent nation when disaster overwhelmed them.

This journey of discovery is inspired by the German scholar, Martin Noth, who in 1943 ce advanced the theory that a number of Old Testament books originally made up one larger work. The books in question were Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. There is certainly a continuity of theme and style to be found in these writings. The biblical author clearly gathered together some pre-existing traditions, placed them skillfully within his own constructed framework, and added bridging material to give the appearance of a unified text. The older material was used to convey a particular understanding of Israel’s history.

In contemporary terms, the overarching agenda of a biblical author is called a 'meta-narrative'. This term is used to describe the framework within which much of modern history is told. Recognition of such meta-narratives is one positive feature of the post-modern age in which we live today. In recognising the over-arching concerns of the Deuteronomist historian, we must be aware of our tendency to impose or substitute other meta-narratives onto the text, meta-narratives such as ‘salvation history’, ‘covenant theology’, ‘messianic progression’ or others.

Deuteronomy has been looked at briefly as a whole. In its depiction of the Hebrews’ journey through the wilderness, it set the scene and supplied the basic theological vision which animated and shaped the presentation of the rest of the material. It seems clear that the first three chapters of Deuteronomy have been added specifically to make it an introduction to this period of history taken as a whole. It is in these first three chapters that the crucial issue of the people’s fidelity to Yahweh is raised – crucial because it is the condition of their continued possession of the promised land.

Introduction to sacred Scriptures

Introduction to sacred Scriptures

The course aims at furnishing the student withe the appropriate tools for a meaningful of the Biblical text, with particular reference to its spiritual, liturgical and pastoral context. The course will further aim at providing a basis familiarity with, and a critical assessment of contemporary exegetical methods.

Introduction to Saint Paul

Introduction to Saint Paul

An introduction to the Life, Epistles and Theology of Saint Paul.

Introduction to the Pentateuch

Introduction to the Pentateuch

All the Bibles, either Hebrew or Catholic or Protestant or Orthodox, agree on the first part of the Biblical Canon, that is the Pentateuch. The relationship of the Pentateuch to the rest of the Bible is unique and special since the events it tells are central to the foundation of the people of Israel.

New Testament Events

New Testament Events

This course is part of the book,
Mahieu, Bieke. Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great and His Sons in Their Struggle for Recognition: A Chronological Investigation of the Period 40 BC-39 AD, with a Time Setting of New Testament Events. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 208. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.
 

Prophets 1

Prophets 1

An Introduction to the Prophetical Phenomenon

The prophets understand themselves as inspired by God and claim that what they say is word of God. This is obvious from the very frequent formula they use « Thus speaks the Lord »...

Prophets 2

Prophets 2

Study of the Writing Prophets in Chronological Order

For each prophet  : 1 The historical context   2 The man  3 The book: plan, literary features, etc.    4 The message / teaching    5 Study of one text
 

Prophets 3

Prophets 3

Study of the Writing Prophets in Chronological Order: from the Exile to the NT

For each prophet : 1- The historical context 2- The man 3- The book: plan, literary features, etc. 4- The message / teaching 5- Study of one text

The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther

The book of Esther tells the story of... Esther, a young Jewish girl who is among the deportees living in Susa, in Persia. After the dismissal of the former queen Vashti because she disobeyed king Ahasuerus, Esther is chosen and becomes queen of Persia.

The Book of Judith

The Book of Judith

The book of Judith is named after its main hero whose achievements it tells and glorifies. Like the books of Tobit and Esther, the book of Judith focuses on a main character and tells in detail the salvation given by God in a critical situation.

The Book of Tobit

The Book of Tobit

The name which designates the book has not always been the same through the centuries. The name « Tobiah » in English or « Tobie » in French comes from the Latin Vulgate which gives the same Latin name, Tobias, to the father and the son. It has been used in the past decades but is generally no longer in use.

The Gospel of St John

The Gospel of St John

The principal aim of the course will be to furnish an appreciation of Johannine literature as Good News, with particular reference to the theological perspective of the author. The course will further aim at providing a basic familiarity with, and a critical assessment of, contemporary critical thinking on the Johannine writings, particularly the Gospel of John. To this end, the course will treat the main theological and Christological themes firstly of the Gospel. Particular attention will be given to the themes of Temple, Light, ans Life in the Book of Signs. The book of Glory will be similarly considered in the light of a comparative study with the Passion Narrative of the Synoptics.

The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs is a lock whose key had been lost long ago. As a matter a fact, no book that small has caused that many commentaries and questions along centuries.

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