- To strengthen the local Church by faith empowerment of the laity
- To be an Institute of influence, assisting the local church to train tomorrow’s leaders today by providing relevant accredited training, that is practical, Spirit-filled and theologically sound through a network of partner campuses.
- To scrutinize and evaluate the challenges raised by sectarian groups against the mainstream Christian faith.
- To promote interreligious interactions by providing a platform for understanding Christianity and other religious beliefs, interreligious dialogues, and classes.
Bachelor’s in Theology (BTh.)
Bachelors Degree in Theology comprises of three years, during which the students will be given courses in Sacred Scripture, the various branches of Theology, Canon Law, Liturgy and Spirituality.
- An applicant must have completed a two years course of Diploma Course in Theology.
- The applicant must have a working knowledge of Greek, Latin and Syriac so as to be able to translate the N.T. portions, the documents of the Ecclesiastical Magisterium, and the Liturgical and Patristic texts.
- The applicants who have completed their studies in other Institutes and Faculties will be admitted after the scrutiny regarding the canonical validity of the corresponding certificates. The judgment of the academic council of the Institute finalises the issue.
- The academic year is divided into two semesters. At the end of each semester there shall be exams for the subjects taught in the semester. The students will be examined not only on the basis of lectures but also based on the literature related to the subject assigned for private and personal study.
- No student shall be allowed to enroll for the examination without the required number of attendance for the classes.
- The courses are divided into different sections such as: main and subsidary, obligatory and elective, institutional and special.
- The pedagogy of the Institute includes lectures, seminars, reading and evaluation of the books and articles, tutorials, audio visual aids, language lab.
- Besides the fundamental themes in main subjects, which may be offered as courses common for all students, further elaborations may be offered according to special orientations like Biblical, Pastoral, Oriental, Patristic, Missiological and Comparative Religious studies.
Syllabus of BTh Degree Course
6 Semester Course (3 Years) 150 Credits(One credit is 16 working hours, and Out of 150 credits 65 from the obligatory courses 20 from the language courses and 40 from the optional courses / seminar papers and 25 from BTh Dissertation )
- Students may choose 16 courses from the Main Courses and 4 courses from the language courses and 6 courses from the Optional Courses elected from the Optional courses must contain at least one course from the divisions of electives, Specialisation Courses and the Seminar.
- History of Christianity in the West (5 credits)
- History of Christianity in Asia (5 credits)
- History of Christianity in India with special attention to Kerala (5 credits)
- History of Christian Theology with special reference to Trinity, Christology, Ecclesiology, Ethics (5 credits)
- History of Theological Conflicts (5 credits)
- Christian Contributions in India with special attention to Kerala (5 credits)
- Exploring the ancient Christian Literature (5 credits)
- Exploring the Jewish ancestry of Christianity (5 credits)
- The ancient Near Eastern Background of Jewish and Christian scriptures (5credits)
- Christian Anthropology(5credits)
- The impact of Colonization in Indian religious systems (5credits)
- The Christian Migrations (5credits)
- Christian Ashramic living and Indian Christian Theology (5credits)
- Archaeology (5credits)
- Evolution of Judeo- Christian Ethics(5credits)
- Theology of Religions(5credits)
- Framing an Indian Christian Theology(5credits)
- Philosophy of Science and Religion(5credits)
- History of Ecclesiology (5 credits)
- History of Ancient Israel (5credits)
- History of the Theology of Creation and Eschatology (5credits)
- Christian Rituals and Customs(5credits)
- Fundamentals of Judeo -Christian Ethics(5credits)
- Contemporary Ethical Issues (5credits)
Optional Courses for Bachelor’s Degree
- Cursory notes on Different Branches of Ethics (5 credits)
- Modern History of Christianity (5 credits)
- History of the Syro- Malabar Christians in Kerala (5 credits)
- Developmental Psychology (5 credits)
- History of Trinitarian Theology (5 credits)
- History of the evolution of Christology (5 credits)
- Interactions between Indian Philosophy and Christian theology (5 credits)
- Hermeneutics and Modern Methodologies of Interpreting Ancient Classical Texts (5credits)
- Greek and Semitic Philosophy (5 credits)
- Exploring the Christian Ethos and Rituals(5credits)
- Christian Architecture and Art in India(5credits)
A. Studying the Ancient Christian and Jewish languages (5 credits)
- Students can choose any two of the following languages
- Hebrew (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts)
- Greek (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts )
- Syriac (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts)
- Latin (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts)
B. Modern European Languages (Students can choose any two of the following languages)
Syllabus – Semester wise
Pope Benedict Institute has introduced the semester system for the examinations and assessment of the students. The semester system is the internationally accepted system of assessment in all the universities. It saves the students from the overburdens at the scholastic year endings. Moreover, it helps the students to be attentive and alert of the study program throughout the year. The students of the study programs in Bachelor of Theology Course (BTh) will be assessed on the following manner on semester basis.
- First Semester
- 01. Synoptic Gospels – St. Mark
- 02. Hebrew Poetry – Psalms, Book I
- 03. Ecclesiology
- 04. Liturgy – Various Rites
- 05. Assignment: Decalogue (Cf. CCC 2083-2565)
- Second Semester
- 06. Synoptic Gospels – St. Luke
- 07. Sacraments in General
- 08. Fundamental Moral Theology
- 09. Hebrew – First Level
- 10. Seminar: Paschal Mysteries of Christ (Cf. CCC 422-678)
- Third Semester
- 11. Social Doctrines
- 12. Historical Books – Ezra, Nehemiah
- 13. Eschatology
- 14. History of formation of Theology
- 15. Assignment: Sectarian Groups: (Cf. Faith and Interpretation)
- Fourth Semester
- 16. Biblical Hermeneutics
- 17. Indian Church History – Identity Crisis
- 18. Canon Law
- 19. Universal Church History
- 20. Seminar: Precepts of the Church
- Fifth Semester
- 21. Introduction to Theology
- 22. Pauline Theology
- 23. Christology
- 24. Political Theology
- 25. Assignment: Does God Exist? (Cf. Faith and Interpretation)
- Sixth Semester
- 26. Dogmatic Theology – Trinity
- 27. Greek – First Level
- 28. Gospel of St. John – Thematic Study
- 29. Theological Anthropology
- 30. Seminar : Jewish systems that shaped the NT
- 31. BTh Dissertation