The Department of Biblical Studies is a centre for scientific research and teaching of the Bible. We deal with all aspects of the scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Thus we analyze the texts from different angles, combining theological, literary and historical perspectives. One of our primary focuses is examining the contemporary context of when the Bible was written by tracing influences of ancient history. We also investigate the Bible’s 2000-year impact on theology, liturgy and spirituality, as well as literature, music and performing arts.
Both Christianity and Judaism place special value on the Bible as their “Holy Scripture”, making oecumenic and inter-religious dialogue an important factor for interpreting Biblical texts. At the same time, the interpretation context always has to consider current issues and challenges of the church and society.