In the middle of the 20th century, the Dominicans of Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française, or EBAF (French Biblical and Archeological School of Jerusalem) had already offered the Jerusalem Bible to the general public: a translation with meticulously chosen terms, the result of their linguistic and archaeological research, carried out through a historical-critical approach of the Old and New Testaments.
Today, the Bible in its traditions team, led by Br. Olivier-Thomas Vénard, o.p., is bringing the Holy Scriptures into the digital age. An interactive platform, the SCROLL, constantly updated by researchers from all over the world, gives each user the possibility of reading not only the biblical text in all the existing versions (Massoretic, Greek, Latin, Syriac...), but also to have immediate access to the exegeses or historical and contextual studies related to it. Some notes also refer to the way these texts influenced Theology, Philosophy and Arts from the first centuries to the present day.
To present this revolutionary approach to the general public, the EBAF is opening a series of lectures, the "Gems of the Bible in its Traditions", one Wednesday per month, in the St Stephen Convent (Jerusalem - Nablous Road).
This Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022, Br. Olivier-Thomas Vénard proposed a talk on the different forms that the transmission of the Scriptures, has taken in history.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 – 8.30 pm: Conference by Br. Marie-Augustin Tavardon, o.c.s.o.: “What do the Fathers of the Church bring to contemporary exegesis? “
Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 - 8.30 pm: Conference by Br. Jorge Francisco Vargas-Corvacho, o.p.: "Behold, the girl will conceive... Versions & context".