Aim

  • 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.

Master’s Degree Course in Theology

MTh in Theology conducted by Pope Benedict Institute of Theology and Biblical Studies provides the students with opportunities to specialize in the various branches of theology. The course is intended to train the students for scientific research and prepares them to teach theology, with the specialization in their respective branch of Theology, in seminaries, in institutions of higher learning and Pope Benedict Institute of Theology and Biblical Studies comprises 2 years of rigorous research and study. The course, which is conducted on a cyclical basis, consists of lectures, tutorial, seminars, field work, learning of foreign languages and the furnishing of a scientific dissertation, which is to be defended at the end of the course. It offers opportunities to the students for personal study and research under the guidance of competent professors. The degrees offered by the institute at the completion of the course qualify candidates for admission to the Doctoral Study in any ecclesiastical faculty of Theology in India and abroad.

Requirements and Conditions

Eligibility

Admission to the MTh course is open to those who already possess a degree in BTh with at least second class or its equivalent degree in Theology, the eligibility of which will be adjudged by the competent authorities of the Institute. In the latter case, the candidate should pass a qualifying examination conducted by the institute.

Registration

Attendance

Students must attend all lectures without neglect, carry out all prescribed academic assignments and participate in the regular activities of the institute. For any period of absence, the Director/Dean of studies is to be informed before-hand. Applications for longer periods of leave duly countersigned by the respective authority is to be made in writing to the Director/Dean of Studies at least 3 days in advance.

Seminars

In addition to the above- mentioned courses students are expected to present two scientific papers as part of seminars during the course of their research. The seminars are conducted on relevant topics that are not included in the regular academic programme. Experts on the theme will be invited to give input talks and orientation. The topic would be suggested to the students by the academic board after sufficient consultations and study. Each seminar would be equal to a two credit course.

Foreign Languages

Every MTh student is expected to have the basic knowledge in at least two of the classic languages of Hebrew, Greek, Syriac and Latin and one of the modern languages, such as, German , Spanish, Italian or French . Mastery of these languages is expected to enable students to have a direct access to the sources and to help them widen the horizon of their original thinking. Pope Benedict XVI Institute of Theology and Biblical Studies provides the opportunity for learning the foreign languages.

Evaluation of the Course

  •  Examinations will be held for every course taught. Normally examinations are held at the end of each semester. If circumstances require, at the discretion of the Director and Dean of the institute, examinations may also take place at other periods.
  • Examinations may be oral or written, with or without a certain percentage of marks allotted to a written assignment or an internal assessment (at the discretion of the individual professor). For any change in the schedule of the exams, the permission of the director and dean of Studies have to be sought.
  • No student will be allowed to repeat an examination if he/she has passed with low marks in a subject. The students who fail in one or more subjects are to repeat the same in the second session of examinations at the beginning of the following semester. The dates of the second session of examinations will be intimated by the Dean.
  • Maximum of only 69% can be awarded in the second session.

Comprehensive Examination

Masters Degree in Theology (MTh) comprises of Specialized studies and research work in various branches of theology and allied sciences. Its duration is of four semesters (2 Years) at the end of which there will be comprehensive examination leading to MTh Degree.

Dissertation

  • The Dissertation or the Scientific Research Paper forms a major scheme of the Master’s Degree in Theology. Through the Scientific Research paper the student is not only introduced into the art of scientific presentation of a theme, but also helped to specialize in a field of interest within the scope of the specific branch of Theology. The research will be done under the guidance of a qualified professor, who would constantly accompany the student through his/her expertise, timely evaluations and corrections.
  • The candidate has to register his topic of dissertation by submitting to the Dean/Registrar the duly filled-in form of registration after having obtained the signature of his/her moderator.
  • Dissertation should be typed in white paper of good quality and sufficient opacity. All sheets of paper used should be of the same quality. Manifold paper should not be used.
    An “A4” size paper should be used for dissertation. The text of the dissertation should be typed with 1.5” line spacing, except in the case where quotations are given in indent. A space of 1.5” on the left margin and a space of 1” on the right margin should be kept. A space of 1” should be kept on the top and the bottom of the page. Dissertation should be typed only on one side of the paper.
  • The dissertation should be of minimum 100 pages and maximum 140 pages. The above- mentioned page limit includes the bibliography and the appendices.
  • Students have to submit 3 copies of the dissertation to the Dean one month prior to the defense (one month of Institute working days).
  • The cover page shall have the format approved by the Institute.
  • A dissertation submitted without observing the above-mentioned requirements will not be accepted.

The public defense

Upon submission of the dissertation, the Head of the department (Director) / Dean of studies shall fix the moderators and finalize the date of defense after consulting the Registrar. The public defense of the dissertation, lasting an hour, will take place before a board of two examiners, who will be the first and the second moderators. The defense can take place only when all the other requirements for the respective degree have been fulfilled.

Syllabus

  • The courses to be offered are placed under two different categories namely hard and soft courses. Students may choose 12 courses from the first category and 6 courses from the other. Courses selected from the soft core must contain at least one course from the divisions of electives, Specialisation Courses and the Seminar. Students also write a project/research paper carrying 16 credits.

Main Courses

  1. History of Christianity in India (5 credits)
  2. History of the Evolution of Christian Theology (5 credits)
  3. History of Ancient Israel (5 credits)
  4. Evolution of Judeo-Christian Ethics (5 credits)
  5. Internal and External Criticism – Hermeneutics and Modern Methodologies of Interpreting Ancient Classical Texts (5 credits)
  6. Exploring the Ancient Jewish and Christian Literature (5 credits)
  7. The Ancient Near Eastern Background of Jewish and Christian scriptures (5 credits)
  8. Christian Architecture and Art in India (5 credits)
  9. Christian Anthropology (5 credits)
  10. Interactions between Indian Philosophy and Christian theology (5 credits)
  11. Archaeology:(5 credits)
  12. Greek and Semitic Philosophy (5 credits)
  13. Philosophy of Science and Religion (5 credits)
  14. Inter-religious Interactions and Religious Harmony (5 credits)

Specialization Courses

  1. Historical books (5 credits)
  2. Wisdom literature (5 credits)
  3. Prophets (5 credits)
  4. Synoptic gospels (5 credits)
  5. Epistolary literature

Optional Courses (Soft Core)

  1. Exploring the Christian Social Customs and Rituals (5 credits)
  2. Analyzing the Religious Psyche of Humanity (5 credits)
  3. Elementary Study on the World and themes of the Bible (5 credits)
  4. Pentateuch (5 credits)
  5. Modern European Languages
  6. Religious Politics and the History of Theological Conflicts (5 credits)
  7. Christian Contributions to Indian Culture and Nation building (5 credits)
  8. Studying the Ancient Christian and Jewish languages (5 credits) – Students can choose anyone of the following languages
  9. The impact of Colonialisation in Indian religious systems (5 credits)
  10. Indian approach to the person of Jesus (5 credits)
  11. Judaism and Christianity: Historical Continuity and Discontinuities (5 credits)

Seminars

  1. Exploring the Legal characteristic of Christian Life: Canon Law (5 credits)
  2. History of Judaism and Early Christianity (5 credits)
  3. Medieval History of Christianity (5 credits)
  4. Research paper – 16 credits

Language Course

  1. Studying the Ancient Christian and Jewish languages – Second Level (5 credits) – Students can choose any two of the following

Languages

  1. Hebrew (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts)
  2. Greek (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts )
  3. Syriac (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts)
  4. Latin (Reading, Writing and Comprehending the texts)
  5. Modern European Languages – Second Level (Students can choose any two of the following languages)
  6. German
  7. Spanish
  8. Italian
  9. French

MTh Syllabus- Semester wise

The students of the Masters programme (MTh) will be assessed on the following manner on semester basis

  • First Semester
    • Synoptic Gospels – St. Mark
    • Hebrew Poetry – Psalms, Book I
    • Ecclesiology
    • Liturgy – Various Rites
    • Prophetic Literature – Ezekiel
    • Assignment: Hermeneutical Issues (Cf. Dei Verbum)
  • Second Semester
    • Synoptic Gospels – St. Luke
    • Sacraments in General
    • Fundamental Moral Theology
    • Hebrew – First Level
    • Theology of New Testament
    • Seminar:Laity/Religious Life (Cf. Corresponding Vat. II Decrees )
  • Third Semester
    • Social Doctrines of the Church
    • Historical Books – Ezra, Nehemiah
    • Eschatology
    • History of formation of Theology
    • Patrology
    • Assignment: Any theme in Gaudium et Spes (Cf. GS)
  • Fourth Semester
    • Biblical Hermeneutics
    • Indian Church History – Identity Crisis
    • Canon Law
    • Universal Church History
    • Morality of Life
    • Seminar: Initiation sacraments
    • MTh Dissertation

Internal Assessment

  • Internal assessment is made semester-wise for all the courses. The following pattern is followed in grading the internal assessment:
  • Attendance in the contact classes: 60%
    Regularity in examinations and punctuality in the
  • Submission of assignment and seminar papers: 10%
  • Personal theological interactions 30%
    (Publication of theological articles in Journals, Attendance of Theological seminary,Conduction of theological classes, seminars etc. A proof of attestation of attendance is necessary for the assessment and evaluation)