A Congratulations

Congratulations to CFEB Board member Dr. Dan Machiela on the publication of his new book A Handbook of the Aramaic Scrolls from the Qumran Caves: Manuscripts, Language, and Scribal Practices (Brill, 2022).

In Memoriam

Burton MacDonald, 1939-2022

Burton had an ongoing relationship with the École Biblique: he augmented his doctoral studies there, where he was awarded an Élève Titulair in “Bible and Archaeology.” While a student at the École, he became involved in archaeological field work in Israel, which translated into forty years of archaeological work in Jordan.

Read his full obituary from Dignity Memorial, here.

A Congratulations

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Mills who defended her doctoral thesis from Trinity College, Dublin, on Thursday, July 7, 2022!

Lynn is a three-time winner of a CFEB scholarship.

CFEB Scholarships Resume

The CFEB scholarship program has now resumed. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. See more under Scholarships.

Board Elections

At the meeting of the CFEB on September 18, 2021, the following three people were elected to the Board:

 Dr. Élaine Champagne holds a Ph. D. in Practical Theology from the Université de Montreal (2002). She is Associate Professor (professeure agrégée) at the Université Laval (Québec, QC) where she has taught Spirituality and Practical Theology since 2014. She was a postdoctoral student at the École Biblique during the year 2003.

Patrick Martin is a former editor and foreign correspondent for The Globe and Mail. As Global Affairs Writer, Patrick’s primary focus was on the Middle East. He was twice posted to the region – from 1991 to 1995 and from 2008 to 2012. In between, he served as The Globe’s Foreign Editor and as Comment Editor.

Dr. Daniel Machiela is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. A scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has been the recipient of scholarships from the Canadian Friends of the École Biblique/Les amis canadiens de l’École biblique.

See more under About Us.

In Memoriam

Edward J.R. Jackman, 1940-2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend, the Rev. Edward J.R. Jackman, on June 18, 2021. “Father Ed,” as he was known to many, was a founding member of the CFEB/ACEB, serving as Secretary-Treasurer from our first Board meeting in 1996 to the present. His leadership and generosity were a gift and guiding light. May he rest in peace.

Find Father Ed’s obituary here.

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).

Meeting of the CFEB Board with Fr. Jean Jacques Pérennès

Click here to access the write-up from the visit of Father Jean-Jacques Pérennès with the CFEB Board in December, 2019.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The CFEB sponsored an event on November 15, 2017 entitled “The École Biblique and the Dead Sea Scrolls: 70 Years Later.” The event was held at the Toronto School of Theology, with nearly 50 scholars, students and friends attending.

Eileen Schuller spoke about the role of several scholars from the École Biblique in the archaeological discoveries and the scholarly work on the Scrolls. Board member Jean Duhaime spoke on his experience of graduate studies at the École, including work on the Scrolls. Jean later returned to the École to teach in the late 1980s and in 2001-2002. Father Olivier-Thomas Venard, Deputy Director of the École Biblique and Executive Director of the Research Program The Bible in its Traditions, spoke about the work of the École today and what is planned for the future.


The Dead Sea Scrolls and the École Biblique

Reminiscences of the École by a Student of the Scrolls

Chat with Canadian Friends of the School

Fr. Philippe LeBlanc pioneered the Dominican presence at the UN in Geneva

Fr. Philippe LeBlanc, a member of the Dominican Order in Canada, died peacefully in the company of his community, family and friends on Saturday, December 30, 2017. He was a founding member of the Canadian Friends of the École Biblique. A brief look at Fr. LeBlanc’s work in establishing the Dominican presence at the UN can be found in this article.