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Research Unit Biblical Studies

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies contains five Research Units: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, Theological and Comparative Ethics, History of Church and Theology, and Pastoral and Empirical Theology. These research units have been entrusted with the teaching of theology and religious studies in the Faculty programmes, with research, with the formation of research personnel, and with social and ecclesiastical services related to each discipline.
 
 

Biblical studies comprises the study of the origin of the biblical traditions and compositions within their historical, religious and literary contexts, the study of the transmission of the biblical texts and the interpretation of the biblical books, and, within a Catholic theological context, the use of the Bible as a foundational text in Christianity and Catholic theology.

Leuven research covers both the Old and the New Testament, but also, for example, the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Christian texts. In our research we apply historical, philological, and literary methods, as well as modern linguistic and other contemporary approaches. We study the Bible in its historical contexts, and raise hermeneutical questions with respect to the present-day meaning of the Bible.

 

 

 

 

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