DMin 312 Scriptures scribes spirituality and society

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Scriptures, Scribes, Spirituality, and Society: Searching for the Human Face of the Sacred Book

LECTURER: Rev. Edgar Battad Ebojo, Ph.D.Global Translation Advisor, United Bible Societies Translation Consultant, Philippine Bible Society

DATES OF LECTURES:April 6, 8, 19, 21, and 23, 20218:00 a.m. – 10:00 nn (April 6 & 8: 8:00-11:00 a.m.) Platform: Zoom (link to be provided by SEATS)


The formation and the transmission of the Sacred Scriptures are both theological and historical processes that transpired within a particular historical time frame. As such, they cannot be studied in a vacuum; they are deeply rooted in the theologies, praxes, and the social histories of the early Christian communities and the subsequent members of this faith communities throughout the centuries. And within that historical frame, the multi-faceted intersections of culture, society, and the forms of text which the early Christian communities considered as their “Scriptures” were not incidental but inviolable components that resulted to the eventual development of the doctrine of biblical canon as well as its concomitant history of transmission.

The Texts of the “Sacred Scriptures” were transmitted through the centuries along with all the cultural trappings and ideological tendencies of those who transmitted them. How these trappings and tendencies were transmitted is best appreciated by the kind of impact they have had on various societies and faith communities that used these transmitted textforms, as well as the beliefs and practices that the contemporary Churches now observe (or disavow).

This series of lectures explores the intricate stream of textual transmission and engages the “Texts” of the Scriptures (particularly the New Testament) in its original languages, with an intent of graphically understanding this history from the standpoint of variegated Evangelical hermeneutics. Through these lectures, students will be able to landscape the advent and development of Scripture engagement in the Philippines—as part of a global initiative—including the translation history and theologies that unfolded thereafter. This will also help students develop their skills in objectively assessing the numerous versions of the Bible that are now available in the marketplaces, that will help them in their ecclesiastical ministries of the Word.

Ultimately, the students are expected at the end of the Course to have had gained a better appreciation of the how the Word of God can truly transform this nation, as can be seen in the history of Scripture transmission—a narrative of willing partnership between God and His people.


April 6, 2021 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.) Anyare?! The Formation and Transmission of the Scriptures
April 8, 2021 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.) Christianization and Scripture Engagement: Scripture Transmission History in the Philippines
April 19, 2021 Bible Translation Processes and Practices
- Versions, Variants, and Verdicts: Textual Bases in Translation
- Versions, Versions, Versions... Is there no end?
April 21, 2021 Theology of/in/and Scripture Transmission (Part 1)
- The Son of Man, Scribes, and Scriptures: Re-Thinking Christological Interests in the Transmission and Translation of the NT Texts
- Spirits, Scribes, and Scriptures
April 23, 2021 Theology of/in/and Scripture Transmission (Part 2) and Synthesis
- For Adults Only!? The Living Text, the Empire, and the Tambay
- Sex, Scribes, and Scriptures


    - Global Translation Advisor, United Bible Societies (2017-present)
    - Translation Consultant, Philippine Bible Society (2006-present)
    - Translation/Publishing Manager, Philippine Bible Society (2001-2017) Ordained Minister, Bethel Pentecostal Church, Inc. (1995-present)
    - Post-Doctoral Studies in Translation Studies, Fondazione Universitaria San Pellegrino, Misano, Italy
    - Post-Doctoral Studies in Manuscript Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
    - Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
    - Master of Theology in Translation Studies and Biblical Exegesis, Trinity Theological College, Singapore
    - Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies, Asian Theological Seminary, Quezon City
    - Master of Intercultural Studies, Philippine Uniting Theological Seminary Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Bethel Bible College