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Pius Thekemury
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Pius Thekemury is a New Testament Scholar[1] who was the past President[2] of the scholarly Society for Biblical Studies in India, a Learned society, incorporating Biblical Scholars of the Protestant, Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Charismatic traditions.

Pius Thekemury is a Jesuit belonging to the Patna Province[3] in northern India. He is a permanent staff of Atmadarshan Jesuit Retreat Centre[4] in Patna.

He undertook doctoral studies at the Department for Biblical Studies and Historical Theology, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria in the field of New Testament and was conferred the degree in 1992.

Thekemury's doctoral dissertation was entitled Discipleship and attitudes to possessions according to the Lukan travel narrative  : an exegetical and interdisciplinary interpretation of the relevant texts from Luke 9,51 - 19,44 done under the supervision[5] of Martin Hasitschka[6], SJ, Professor of New Testament and Hans Rotter[7], SJ, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University.

The University of Innsbruck, Austria also displays an abstract of Thekemury's doctoral thesis on its web site[8].

This thesis explores the meaning of possessions in the Lukan gospel. Although references are made to the whole gospel, the main thrust of the study is based on six selected texts from the Lukan travel narrative (Lk 9,51-19,44). The starting point (1.1) is an analysis of the present situation of the world today where the number of the poor is increasing day by day. 1.2 is a brief survey of attitudes to possessions in the Greco-Roman and the Jewish worlds. 1.3 places the study within the perspective of the Kingdom of God. 1.4 collects together all the scattered references to wealth and poverty found in the gospel of Luke. Chs 2-7 examine six selected texts from the Lukan travel narrative: Lk 9,57-62; 10,1-12; 12,22-34; 14,25-35; 16,1-13; 18,18-30. Chapter 8 concludes the study. This conclusion has two parts. The first part summarized the message of the selected texts. The second part provides some anthropological and psychological reflections on the symbolic meaning of wealth (as an expression of ones inner self) and on the nature of possessiveness. This chapter concludes with some images of possessions and possessiveness (for example, sharing is compared to fasting) which may help the reader to understand the Lukan message on possessions.
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Prema Vakayil, CSST
Society for Biblical Studies in India

2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
D. John Samuel Ponnusamy
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Atmadarshan Jesuit Retreat Centre, Patna

Succeeded by
Academic offices
Preceded by
Lecturer in New Testament

Patna Regional Theologate , Patna
(aggregated to the Vidyajyoti College of Theology, New Delhi)

Succeeded by


  1. ^ Fr. Max Gonsalves (Ed.), Society for Biblical Studies in India Directory 1998.
  2. ^ Cf. Society for Biblical Studies in India
  3. ^ Society of Jesus, Patna Province
  4. ^ Wikimapia - Atmadarshan Jesuit Retreat Centre
  5. ^ Dissertations of the University of Innsbruck
  6. ^ University of Innsbruck
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ University of Innsbruck. Abstract of Fr. Pius Thekemury's doctoral dissertation. [2]
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