The École was founded in 1890 by Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange (1855-1938), a Dominican priest and pioneer in the modern study of the Bible. It is the oldest biblical and archaeological centre in the Holy Land.
The École complex is situated just outside the old city of Jerusalem on the Nablus Road near Damascus Gate and adjacent to the Dominican monastery of Saint Stephen.
At the École Biblique, scholars engage at the highest scholarly level in study of the Bible and archaeology in the geographic and historical context of the Bible.
After the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, scholars from the École such as Roland de Vaux were among the first to work on the scrolls and to participate in the excavation of the site of Qumran.
Scholars at the École produced the acclaimed French translation of the Bible, La Bible de Jérusalem, in 1956. The Jerusalem Bible was published in English in 1966.
Since 1892, The École has been home to the journal Revue Biblique, the oldest French biblical review.
Some of the illustrious Dominicans who served at the École over the years include Marie-Joseph Lagrange, Roland de Vaux, Marie-Émile Boismard, Raymond-Jacques Tournay, Pierre Benoit and Jerome Murphy-O’Connor.
Academic programs offered
The École Biblique offers an ecclesiastical doctoral program in Sacred Scripture (SSD), with a special focus on levantine topography and the ancient versions of the text (MT, LXX, Vulgate, Peshitta, Targums).
With its outstanding library and tutorial opportunities, the École provides an accelerated preparation for the licentiate (SSL) exams before the Pontifical Biblical Commission in Rome.
Graduate-level courses at the École are offered in Old and New Testament exegesis, archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the topography and history of the Holy Land, ancient languages (advanced Greek and Hebrew, Akkdian, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Syriac, etc.) and hermeneutics.
“The Bible in Its Traditions” Project
In recent years, the École Biblique has developed an innovative research program called “The Bible in Its Traditions.”
Its aim is to present an online comparative version of the Bible in its divergent text traditions, and to develop an interactive annotation that helps display the rich diversity of the reception of the Bible through history in theology, liturgy, art history, literature, etc.
For further information on “The Bible in Its Traditions,” see: http://www.ebaf.edu/1025-2
CFEB Scholarships at the École
Michael Johnson, one of the CFEB scholarship winners in 2020, is spending the current academic year as a post-doctoral student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. Michael has used his scholarship to expand his work in Jersualem to study at the École during February and March 2021. Michael’s research looks at the liturgical orientations of two overlapping collections of psalms of thanksgiving and praise from the Dead Sea Scrolls: 1QHodayota and 4QHodayota. His work at the École was recently featured in an article posted on the École website (click here to view).
For more information on all aspects of the École Biblique, see its rich and informative website at http://www.ebaf.edu.
Our Scholarship Recipients Say...
“My time at the École Biblique was wonderful. Their library was excellent and a great place to work. I appreciated the community. I met a number of interesting people while being there … people were friendly and welcoming.”
– Rebecca Idestrom (summer 2008), Associate Professor Old Testament, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto