Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible. It is part of the broader field of hermeneutics which involves the study of principles ofinterpretation for all forms of communication, nonverbal and verbal.


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noun: colloquium; plural noun: colloquia; plural noun: colloquiums

  1. an academic conference or seminar.


late 16th century (denoting a conversation or dialogue): from Latin, from colloqui ‘to converse,’ from col- ‘together’ + loqui ‘to talk.’


Press conference to present the Symposium “Sacrosanctum Concilium. Gratitude and commitment to a great ecclesial movement” (13 February 2014)

Colloquia and seminars both happen in an academic setting. At my university we have a weekly physics colloquium that — in general — is geared to a well educated, but not specialized audience. (I.e., a particle physicist will present a topic on a fairly advanced level, but so that, say, a condensed matter physicist will still be able to understand). In general they seem to be more “populist” and less technical, covering popular topics in physics (quantum informationgraphene) and in the news (global warming, nuclear weapons/power) but from the perspective of a scientist.

seminar on the other hand, in an academic setting, is a much more specialized meeting, also with a formal academic presentation. For instance, there are weekly seminar meeting for the Atomic, Particle, String Theory, Condensed Matter, and Astrophysics groups. There is also an invited speaker, but the audience is much more technically versed and the topics tend to be much more technical or specific to the field. Generally someone from outside the field will have trouble understanding a seminar presentation.

In a grand sense the two words are equivalent, but a colloquium, as pointed out, is literally a “conversation” and in general has a connotation of being more broad, more accessible, or on a more popular topic.

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD EVENTS http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_vox-clara_index_en.html

Speech by Card. Francis Arinze, Prefect, at the Gateway Liturgical Conference (St. Louis – Missouri, 11 November 2006)
Opening address of Card. Francis Arinze, Prefect, at the Colloquium organized for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Institute of Liturgy Catholic Institute of Paris (October 26, 2006)
Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum on certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (23 April 2004)
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Presentation of Redemptionis Sacramentum – HE Card. Francis Arinze (23 April 2004)
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Presentation of Redemptionis Sacramentum – S.E. Mons. Angelo Amato (23 April 2004)
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Presentation of Redemptionis Sacramentum – S.E. Mons. Domenico Sorrentino (23 April 2004)
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Notification on certain aspects of ecclesiastical Lectionaries own the “Liturgy of the Hours” (27 June 2002)
Intervention of His Eminence Card. Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez to the presentation of the Apostolic Letter in the form of “Motu proprio” Misericordia Dei on certain aspects of the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance (May 2, 2002)
Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. Principles and Guidelines (April 9, 2002)
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Press Conference of the New Document “Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. Principles and Guidelines” (April 9, 2002)


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