Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF) Facultas Scientiarum Biblicarum et Archaeologiae Faculty of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology

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Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF)

Facultas Scientiarum Biblicarum et Archaeologiae
Faculty of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology

          The Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF) of Jerusalem is the Faculty of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology of the Pontifical “Antonianum” University in Rome. In 1901, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land began planning a center for biblical studies in Jerusalem and these plans led to the establishment of the SBF in 1924.
          Located in Jerusalem’s Old City, the SBF offers degree and non-degree programs of studies in biblical interpretation and in archaeology. Associated with the SBF is the Studium Theologicum Jerosolymitanum, the Custody of the Holy Land’s school of theology.

Research Center
          While the SBF supports research and publication in all areas of biblical studies, a particular focus has been on the archaeological excavation of sites associated with the New Testament and early Christianity in the Middle East. The SBF also continues the tradition of the Franciscans who have helped write the history of the Christian shrines and places of pilgrimage in the Middle East through archaeological excavation and the study of Jewish and Christian literary sources including pilgrims’ diaries.
          Among the sites that have been excavated by the SBF are Bethany, Bethlehem, Bethphage, Cana, Capernaum, Ein Karem, Emmaus (el-Qubeibeh), the Herodion, Machaerus, Magdala, Nazareth, Mt. Nebo, Tabgha, and Mt. Tabor. In Jerusalem, the SBF has sponsored excavations at the Mt. of the Ascension, Gethsemane, the Holy Sepulchre, the Tomb of Mary and Dominus Flevit.
          Results of these excavation projects have been published in the Liber Annuus, the SBF’s journal, and in its Collectio Maior and Collectio Minor monograph series. The SBF also publishes monographs on biblical and patristic studies in its Analecta series, and on archaeological materials from its collections in the Museum series.

Academic Center
          The SBF is a pontifical faculty that offers courses leading to both the licentiate (S.S.L.) and the doctoral (S.S.D.) degrees in Biblical Sciences and Archaeology. The program of studies leading to the licentiate includes two semesters of propaedeutic studies and five regular semesters. The program of studies leading to the doctoral degree requires four additional semesters and the writing of a dissertation.
          Other programs of studies lead to diplomas in Oriental Biblical Studies and Archaeology and in Biblical Formation. Each involves two semesters of studies. The SBF offers the student the unique opportunity for a direct, personal, and extended study of the Bible in its cultural context.
          Associated with the SBF is the Custody of the Holy Land’s School of Theology, the Studium Theologicum Jerosolymitanum (STJ).


4 Via Dolorosa
P.O.B. 19424
9119301 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 627 04 44 (information)
Tel: (02) 627 04 85 (secretariat)
Fax: (02) 626 45 19


Chancellor: Most Rev. Michael Perry, OFM
Rector: Sr. Mary Melone, sfa
Dean: Rev. Br. Rosario Pierri, OFM
Rev. Br. Rosario Pierri, OFM, Dean

Rev. Massimo Pazzini, OFM, Vice-Dean

Rev. Dobromir Jasztal, OFM, elected member of the CSBF

Executive Council of the SBF (CSBF):
Rev. Eugenio Alliata, O.F.M.

Rev. Enrique Bermejo Cabrera, O.F.M.

Rev. Piotr Blajer, O.F.M.

Rev. Alessandro Cavicchia, OFM

Rev. Daniel Chrupcala, O.F.M.

Rev. Alessandro Coniglio, O.F.M.

Rev. Gregor Geiger, O.F.M.

Rev. Najib Ibrahim, O.F.M.

Rev. Narcyz Klimas, O.F.M.

Rev. Matteo Munari, O.F.M.

Rev. Massimo Pazzini, O.F.M.

Bro. Rosario Pierri, O.F.M.

Rev. Theophile Umba Nsenga, O.F.M.

Rev. Tomislav Vuk, O.F.M.

Secretary:  Rev. Alessandro Cavicchia, O.F.M.
Dean’s Council:
Rev. Bro. Rosario Pierri, O.F.M.

Rev. Massimo Pazzini, O.F.M.

Rev. Alessandro Cavicchia, O.F.M

Librarian:  Rev. Lionel Goh, O.F.M.
Bursar:  Rev. Massimo Luca, O.F.M.
Student Representatives: the ordinary students elect 2 Student Representatives every academic year
Regular Professors: 
Archaeology, field trips Eugenio Alliata, O.F.M.
Greek, N.T. Exegesis Piotr Blajer, O.F.M.
N.T. Exegesis Alessandro Cavicchia, O.F.M.
Greek morphology Elisa Chiorrini
N.T. Exegesis Alessandro Coniglio, O.F.M.
Semitic languages Gregor Geiger, O.F.M.
N.T.  Exegesis Najib Ibrahim, O.F.M.
Archaeology & Biblical History Giovanni Loche, O.F.M.
N.T., Excursions Massimo Luca
N.T. Exegesis, Targum Aramaic Matteo Munari, O.F.M.
Biblical Hebrew & Syriac Massimo Pazzini, O.F.M.
Biblical Greek Rosario Pierri, O.F.M.
Eastern and Biblical philology, Textual Criticism & Introduction to the New Testament .
Tomislav Vuk, O.F.M.

Visiting Professors: Every year the Studium invites a number of esteemed professors from various Faculties of Biblical Studies who give their contribution as part of the teaching staff.

Emeritus Professors Active:
Rev. Giovanni Claudio Bottini, O.F.M.
Rev. Frédéric Manns, O.F.M.
Emeritus Professors:
Rev. Giovanni Bissoli, OFM
Rev. Stanislao Loffreda, OFM
Rev. Alfio Marcello Buscemi, OFM
Rev. Alviero Niccacci, OFM


Liber Annuus, Annual journal of studies and research.  Publishes biblical, linguistic and archaeological studies.  It also includes preliminary reports on the excavations conducted by the professors of the SBF and their collaborators from other scholarly institutions of Israel and elsewhere.

Collectio Maior, Final reports on archaeological excavations, historical-archaeological monographs, and miscellaneous works on biblical, patristic and archaeological studies.

Collectio Minor, Archaeological excavations, monuments and texts of early Christianity in the Middle East.

Analecta, Exegetical and patristic research, texts for studying biblical languages.

Museum, Monographs and studies concerning the collections and exhibits of the SBF Museum.

Guides, Illustrations of archaeological sites