Research into biblical spirituality entails the study of texts that form part of the history of Judaic and Christian spirituality. They directed the development of spiritual awareness and were perennial literary sources for later spiritual texts.
The study is based on available critical editions of texts. The Titus Brandsma Institute's primary concern is not historical and philological study. Its main focus is the layer of spirituality in these texts, which it examines by means of analysis and interpretation (spiritual hermeneutics). In this way it reveals the spiritual processes and experiential models reflected in it, describes the spiritual anthropology to be found there and clarifies key terms that shaped Judaic and Christian spirituality. Textual analysis capable of exposing intrinsic spiritual processes requires, besides familiarity with the particular spiritual hermeneutics, a command of the languages in which the texts were written and exegetical and literary techniques.
Spirituality of Psalms
Conductor: Kees Waaijman.
In biblical and post-biblical times psalms were vital for spiritual development in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. By means of spiritual hermeneutics a study is made of the preconceptions, poetry, distinctive language and the oratory-mystical dimension of Psalms.
Spirituality of the New Testament
Conductor: Huub Welzen.
The project seeks to discover the spirituality of the New Testament by means of exegetical and spiritual hermeneutic methods. The prime object is to produce a reader-friendly commentary on Luke's Gospel. In addition it comprises detailed studies of New Testament texts and attention to issues in spiritual hermeneutics.