The Ecole Biblique and French School of Archaeology
This world renowned centre of biblical study and archaeology produced the Jerusalem Bible and edits the Revue Biblique. Founded by the Dominican Marie-Joseph Lagrange in 1890, theEcole continues to offer scholars of the Bible and the archaeology of the Holy Land a unique venue to study, teach and publish. There are twenty Dominican friars assigned to the Ecole and approximately forty postgraduates from different parts of the world in residence. Situated in East Jerusalem, the Ecole’s students and staff witness the inter-religious context of the modern world not as a subject of study only but as a real life experience. This sensitivity to different cultural and religious contexts has inspired the community to begin a new bible project called the Bible en ses traditions (‘BEST’). BEST will not be yet another Catholic bible, but one that can be read ‘catholically,’ that is with equal attention given to the Scriptural text and the Traditions of reception, including Jewish, Protestant and Orthodox readings.