JORGE FRANCISCO VARGAS, OP

ASSISTANT in Biblical Theology and Semitic Languages,
Member of the editorial committee of the Bible in its Traditions,
Technical Coordinator of the Revue Biblique,
Member of the Association of Bible Scholars of Mexico.

⇒ Contact: frayjorgevargas@outlook.com

Province of Santiago de Mexico

Born on 8 May 1974 in Mexico City (Mexico).

Ordained priest on 18 November 2006 in Mexico City (Mexico).

MODERN LANGUAGES
– Spanish (read, written and spoken)
– French (read, written and spoken)
– English (read, written and spoken)

ANCIENT LANGUAGES
– Biblical Hebrew
– Biblical Greek
– Ugaritic
– Biblical Aramaic

Academic degrees
• 2002: Bachelor of Philosophy in León, Mexico (Dominican ‘Thomas Aquinas’ Center for Philosophical Studies)
• 2005: Bachelor Degree in Biblical Theology (Pontifical University of Mexico) (2005),
• 2011: Baccalaureate in Holy Scripture (2011).

Current research location
Since 2012, École biblique et archéologique de Jérusalem.

Recent Conferences
Conference “La contemplación en la Biblia”, 31 July 2015, in the Congress of Religious Life: Contemplation in Consecrated Life and the Contemplative Life in the Church today (hosted by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Mexico).

Courses taught
– Biblical Hebrew
– Ugaritic language
– Morphology of Biblical Hebrew 2/2

This second semester of Hebrew morphology is devoted to the study of the Hebrew verb (the strong and weak verbs, the eight forms and the seven conjugations). Great emphasis is placed on direct work on biblical texts (Exodus 3, Genesis 37, Deuteronomy 6, 1 Kings 17, 18-19 and the analysis and understanding of many of the Hebrew Bible sentences and verses.

Recommended reading:
-Hoffer, Vicki – Pedrotti Kittel, Bonnie – Abs Wright, Rebecca. Biblical Hebrew: Text and Workbook. Revised edition (1989). Yale Language. Yale University Press, 2004.
-Joüon, Paul-Muraoka, Takamitsu. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Second Edition (2011). Subsidia Biblica 27. Rome: Editor Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2008.
-Kessler-Mesguich, Sophie. Biblical Hebrew in 15 lessons: basic grammar, corrected exercises, commented biblical texts, Hebrew-French lexicon. Ancient studies. Rennes: University Press of Rennes, 2008.
-Verheij, Arian. Elementary grammar of Biblical Hebrew. The world of the bible 57. Geneva, 2007.
-Weingreen, Jacob. Biblical Hebrew: elementary method. Second edition revised and corrected (1959). Trans by Paul Herbert. Paris: Beauchesne, 2007.