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Fr Paul Raj Mariapushpam

Fr Paul Raj Mariapushpam
Date of Birth : 15.03.1967
Place of Birth : Kalladithidal
Diocese : Sivagangai
Ordained on : 30.04.1995

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Madurai Kamaraj University (1987-1990)
  • Bachelor of Philosophy from JDV, Pune (1988-1990)
  • Bachelor of Theology from JDV, Pune (1991-1994)
  • Doctor of Theology from (Leopold-Franzens)the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2005-2011)

Courses Taught

  1. Introduction to NT (B.Th)
  2. Acts of the Apostles (B.Th)
  3. Letters of Paul (B.Th)
  4. Chrism in the NT (Masters in Biblical Studies and Seminar for B.Th)
  5. Biblical Spirituality (Masters in Spirituality)
  6. Basic German
  7. 1 and 2 Corinthians (Optional B.Th)
  8. Catholic Epistles (Optional B.Th)
  9. Narrative Criticism (MBS)
  10. Biblical Greek II (MBS)
  11. Biblical Greek III (MBS)
  12. Pastoral Concerns of the NT (Masters in Pastoral Management)
  13. Romans Exegesis (MBS)
  14. Paul’s Understanding of the Church (Seminar B.Th)
  15. Theology of the NT (B.Th)
  16. Prayers in the Bible (B.Th)

Other Academic Activities

  1. Read a paper on “Symbolic in the Bible” at the ACPI Seminar on “Symbols: Construction and Deconstruction,” on 16th October 2014 (15th to 18th October, 2014), in Aluva.
  2. Responded to L. Legrand’s paper on “SCRIPTURE AND THEOLOGY: A GAP?” at the CBAI seminar on “Scripture and Theology” on 17th October 2014 (17th to 19th October), Nava Spoorthi Kendra, Bangalore.
  3. Read a paper on “1 Cor 14:23-25: Becoming Missional: A Constitutive Element of Every Christian Congregation” at the seminar on “Becoming a Missional Congregation in the Twenty-Frist Century Indian Context” organized by the Centre for Mission Studies (CMF), UBS, Bibvewadi, Pune, on (15th to 17th December 2014) – (edited copy of this paper has been sent to the press for publication)
  4. Read a paper on “Samuel Rayan’s Usage of the SS in His Theological Reflections” at the Seminar on Samuel Rayan on (28th to 31st December, 2014) at Christ Hall, Kozhikode.
  5. Read a paper onDoctrine-Discipline Pattern: A Help to Understanding Pauline Perception of Christian Families” atCBAI Annual Seminar on “Family and the Bible,” 23rd – 25th October 2015, Ishvani Kendra, Pune (edited copy of this paper has been sent to the press for publication)
  6. Read a paper on “Strangers at Home: NT Concern for Migrants,” at the international conference on “Befriending the Other” at JDV, Pune on 27th, 2015 (24-27 Nov 2015) – (edited copy of this paper has been given for publication)
  7. One-day interactive session with c 20 youth from Germany in Trichy on “Wenn Osten und Westen sich begegnen? / Dialog zwischen den Kulturen. Ein Erfahrungsbericht” on 27th February 2013.
  8. A series of talks on “Introduction to the Book of Revelation” and on “Discourses of Matthew” delivered to “Deepen Your Faith” Group from Mumbai on four different dates.
  9. Courses on Letters of Paul, Catholic Epistles, and Theology of the NT to the II and III B.Th Students and to the one-year theology students of Mater Dei, Goa. Also taught Letters of Paul to Novices as part of Inter-Novitiate Classes, Pune.
  10. Involved in organizing and conducting bible classes for the parishioners of “Shamrock Bible School” (c. 60 participants) in St. Patricks, Pune since June 2014.

  1. On “KanitharumMuthumai : Abraham” in ViviliyaKathir(2,7, July 2013), 5-9 (in Tamil).
  2. On “God in the Manger: This is Christmas for Me”, in AJRS November 2012, 7-12.
  3. On “Paul, the Pastoral Theologian”inAJRSMay2013, 30-33.
  4. Co-authored an article on “The Faith of Job” along with Jose Dominic published in AJRS– July 2014, 13-21.
  5. Co-authored an article on “Emperor Emmanuel Trust” along with Anto Paulson in AJRS– September 2014, 25-32.
  6. On “Symbolic in the Bible,” in The Symbolic World: Construction and Deconstruction, ed. S. SekarSebastin (ATC-ACPI, 2015), 130-147.
  7. On “Face-To-Face with Jesus: Samuel Rayan’s Use of the New Testament,” in: The Vision of a New Church and a New Society: A Scholarly Assessment of Dr.SamuelRayan’s Contribution to Indian Christian Theology, ed. KurienKunnumpuram S.J. (New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2016, 271-286.
  8. On “Jealous or Zealous God? Biblical Understanding of Tolerance / Intolerance,” in JeevadharaXLVI / 273 (2016), 9-26.