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Rene Van de Walle
Born 1924[1]
Died June 9, 2009[1] in Belgium
Church Society of Jesus
Other names R. Van de Walle
Education
[1]
Ordained 1957
Writings
  • The Various Facets of Man in Wisdom Literature[2]
  • Parables of Jesus Insight and Challenge[3]
  • A comparative study on Psalm 139 and hymn IV, 16 of Atharvaveda[4]
Title Reverend Father Doctor
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Rene Van de Walle was an Old Testament Scholar[5] who was the past President[6] of the scholarly Society for Biblical Studies in India, a Learned society, incorporating Biblical Scholars of the Protestant, Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Charismatic traditions.

In a pioneering article entitled A comparative study on Psalm 139 and hymn IV, 16 of Atharvaveda[4] Van de Walle brought out striking similarities between the two texts.

Studies

R. Van de Walle was born in France and was raised in Belgium[1]. His nephew, Erik Breye writes that Van de Walle studied in Izegem and joined the Jesuits in Drongen in 1945 and came to India and studied philosophy at Shembaganur, Tamil Nadu and at the Minor Seminary in Ranchi[1]. In 1957 he was sent to the De Nobili College, Pune for theological studies. He then became an Assistant at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ranchi[1].

Later, Van de Walle was sent to the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome where he pursued postgraduate studies in Old Testament[1].

Continuing his stay in Rome, Van de Walle registered[1] as a doctoral candidate in the same Institute and worked out a research proposal entitled The Murmuring of the Jews in the Desert. However, Van de Walle was soon recalled to India to take up responsibilities at the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune[7]. Erik Breye reasons that his uncle Van de Walle could not complete his doctoral programme due to his heavy teaching responsibilities coupled with a desire to help his pupils leaving no free time[1].

Van de Walle was associated with the Bible Society of India in its Hindi and Marathi common language translations[1].

After decades of teaching in the Seminaries in India, he finally left in 1989 to Belgium[1].

Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
D. F. Hudson / K. V. Mathew
President
Society for Biblical Studies in India

1968 - 1970 / 1985 - 1990
Succeeded by
E. C. John / R. J. Raja
Honorary titles
Preceded by
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Translator (Hindi and Marathi), Bible Society of India Succeeded by
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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
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Member, Society of Jesus

Ranchi Province, Ranchi

Succeeded by
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Academic offices
Preceded by
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Lecturer in Old Testament

Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune

Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Lecturer in Old Testament

St. Albert's College, Ranchi[8]

Succeeded by
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References

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Erik Breye, Obituary note on Rene Van de Walle in Ranchi Bulletin dated 10 July 2009. [1]
  2. ^ Rene Van de Walle, The Various Facets of Man in Wisdom Literature, Jeevadhara 16, 1986. pp. 121-131. Cited in G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren, Heinz-Josef Fabry (Edited) Theological dictionary of the Old Testament, Volume 13, Revised Edition, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004. p.367. [2]
  3. ^ Rene Van de Walle, Christopher T. Begg (Translated), Parables of Jesus Insight and Challenge, Theological Publications in India, Bangalore, 1978. [3]
  4. ^ a b Rene Van de Walle, A comparative study on Psalm 139 and hymn IV, 16 of Atharvaveda, Indian Ecclesiastical Studies. Cited by Ishanand Vempeny in Inspiration in the non-Biblical scriptures, Theological Publications in India, Bangalore, 1973. p.220. [4]
  5. ^ Fr. Max Gonsalves (Ed.), Society for Biblical Studies in India Directory 1998.
  6. ^ Cf. Society for Biblical Studies in India
  7. ^ Richard Kukula (Edited), Minerva, Volume 35, Part 2, W. de Gruyter, 1969. p. 2075. [5]
  8. ^ St. Albert's College, Ranchi. [6]
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