Biblical Thomism Laboratory

The Research Center for Biblical Thomism was created on April 1st, 2016, by the decree of the Rector of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. It is an organizational unit of the Department of Biblical Studies at the Faculty of Theology.

 

 Activities

The Research Center deals with the studies on Aquinas’ biblical legacy.  St. Thomas Aquinas as a Master of Sacred Doctrine in his official lectures performed exegesis of the texts of the Old and New Testament according to the scholastic method: lectio – disputatio – praedicatio. To date we have got access to the commentaries on the Book of Isaiah, the Book of Job, Psalms, the Gospel according to Matthew and the Gospel according to John and all St. Paul’s letters, etc. The aim of the Research Center is to provide Polish readers with Thomas’ commentaries on the Corpus Paulinum, translate them into Polish with commentaries and explanations.  The translation views medieval biblical hermeneutics from different perspectives. The analysis of the texts led by the members of the Research Center is focused on ordering the process of interpretation, offering a renewed view on biblical commentaries and providing a fresh description of metaphysical approach. Without losing the perspective of biblical commentaries it also aims at discovering the biblical theology implicit in the major theological works of Thomas Aquinas. In both the Summa Contra Gentiles and in the Summa Theologiae one can find the integral elements of biblical hermeneutics. The role of the Research Center is to explain and examine the sources of Biblical Thomism including patristic and scholastic scope because the Church Fathers and medieval Master of Theology were the great inspiration for St. Thomas’ biblical thought. This point of view allows us to take a new look at contemporary biblical research and exegesis.

 

Scientific Objectives

The main aim of the Research Center is to carry out research on translations and hermeneutic analysis, firstly of the commentaries on St. Paul’s Letters. These commentaries have a uniform structure, so they can be considered separately or jointly when looking for inner links between Thomas’ biblical theology and St. Paul’s teaching. It offers new possibilities:

  • to gather scientific information and to create data resources concerning Aquinas’ general theology with relation to metaphysical foundations;
    • to gather scriptural material, texts, books, especially critical editions;
    • to cooperate with Faculty Library, Diocesan Library and Thomistic Institute from Warsaw;
    • to observe the activity of other Thomistic research centers;
    • to collect the evidence of academic interest in Biblical Thomism;
    • to create annals of research, a library and archive of the Research Center;
    • to cooperate with other special institutions in Poland and abroad;
    • to disseminate research in the field of Biblical Thomism in Poland and abroad;
  • to analyze and develop exegetical data for next translations;
  • to popularize the results of research on Aquinas’ biblical commentaries among wider circles of scientists and students;
  • to offer publications in Polish and English (one volume per year dedicated to Biblical Thomism in Biblica et Patristica Thoruniensia scientific journal);
    • to encourage students to prepare master’s theses and doctoral dissertations as well as papers or books in the field of Biblical Thomism;
    • to create an interfaculty group of researchers;
  • to inform about Biblical Thomism and to share information via the official website;
  • to support initiatives of popularizing medieval and Thomistic culture in Toruń;
  • to popularize scholastic and biblical issues among students;
  • to publish the research results;
    • to prepare translations of commentaries on the Pauline Epistles;
    • to publish specialized books;
    • to organize international conferences, seminars, summer schools, popular science lectures and events;
    • to take part in international conferences, seminars and other scientific events

 

Educational Activities:

  • series of open lectures prepared by experts from Poland and other countries;
  • monographic lectures for students;
  • discussion panels;
  • open seminars;
  • international conferences organized every two years;