First Seminar
(January 23-27, 2012)

Second Seminar
(January 21-25, 2013)

Third Seminar
(January 20-24, 2014)

Fourth Seminar
(January 26-30, 2015)

Fifth Seminar
(January 25-29, 2016)
Sixth Seminar
(January 23-27, 2017)
Seventh Seminar
(January 22-26, 2018)
Eighth Seminar
(January 21-25, 2019)
Ninth Seminar
(20-24 gennaio 2020)

Seminar for those teaching or researching
Sacred Scripture

At the request of a number of persons interested in the study of Scripture, especially former students of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Institute organizes a program of ongoing training for researchers in, and teachers of, Sacred Scripture in Faculties of Theology and other institutions of learning.

The details for this program are as follows: every year a seminar of study will be organized, designed for teachers and/or researchers in the domain of Sacred Scripture. The purpose is to enable those taking part to get up to date with developments in the various fields of biblical studies and to provide a platform for discussion among those professionally engaged in the teaching of Scripture in various parts of the world. The seminar should not only be an opportunity for listening and getting up to date, but also of active participation, encouraging those in attendance to share experiences in the fields of teaching and of research.

The seminar avails itself of some professors, chosen from instructors at the Biblical Institute or from other faculties, who are entrusted with the planning of the seminar. Other professors are also involved to present different subject matters, which will have every day a thematic or methodological unity.

The seminar will last a week, from Monday to Friday inclusive, and will take place between the two semesters, that is, towards the end of January.

The direction of the seminars of 2012 and 2013 has been entrusted by the rector of the Institute to Professor José Luis Sicre Díaz, S.J.  From 2013, the direction is entrusted to Professor Pietro Bovati, S.J.


Seminar 2022  [January 24-28, 2022]

The seminar was planned for January 2021, but was postponed to the following year due to the pandemic.

See at the bottom of page important information about registration.

   Subject matter: For a Church in the making. The Letters of Paul 


[ detailed program (pdf )]  

The next Refresher Course for Teachers of Sacred Scripture will take place from 25 to 29 January 2021 under the direction of Proff. Juan Manuel Granados, S.J., e Antonio Pitta.

Respecting the alternation between the Old and the New Testament, the subject of the seminar will be The Letters of Paul, with the exception of the letters to the Romans and the Galatians which were the subject of the 2017 seminar.

The Seminar includes three common formal lectures every day: two in the morning (9:00-12:00) and one in the afternoon (15:00-16:15), and in-depth afternoon sessions (16:30-18:00) for groups. These last will be either in the form of lecture presentations or seminar discussions.

Scheduled program :

Monday, January 24th

Tuesday, January 25th

Wednesday, January 26th

[Wednesday afternoon: free]

Thursday, January 27th

Friday, January 28th

Friday p.m. (concluding lecture)

Afternoons sessions (seminar or lectures):

Contributions by the following professors are expected:

[ see a short description of the sessions ]


The seminar will be in Italian (some lecturers will speak in English, but an Italian translation of the text of the lecture will be made available).

The seminar will be in-presence, but participation is limited to about 70 biblical scholars.

The number of people who can participate in-presence is already full. New registrations are only possible for online participation.



Requests for participation should be sent to the Secretary of the Institute:

The fee for attending the seminar is € 120 (online particpation: € 80).

For the members of the Associazione ex-alunni/e: € 100 (online particpation: € 70).

Participants in presence can pay their contribution at the beginning of the seminar. The method of payment for online participants will be communicated later.

Further information may be obtained from the Secretary General of the Institute at

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