(d) Bible Translation:
In 1973 efforts were made to translate the Bible, from the original
into Malayalam, under the auspices of ' Jeevadhara' and St. Joseph
Press, Mannanam ,with the cooperation of all the Bible specialists
of Kerala. As a result, Malayalam New Testament was brought out
in 1978, which is the authentic Malayalam translation at present.
Though the translation of the Old Testament was planned out and
started, it had to be called off for reasons which would better
In 1976, Indian Theological Association (ITA) was founded under
the leadership of Rev. Fr. Manalel, for theologians in India. As
couldnot absorb all theologians of the country on its editorial
board, it seemed good to have a fraternity of theologians for the
whole of India. It has about two hundred theologians on its membership
list. It is the only organization for theologians in India.
three motives set before the formation of ITA at first were to
(a) present a forum for open discussion to theologians on the country's
(b) evolve a theology on the basis of Indian mind and thought consonant
with Indian situations and
(c) give encouragement and support to the country's theologians.
ITA meets every year at different places in India for discussion-in-depth
of a selected theme. The themes are selected considering (i) the
religious diversity of India and (ii)the socio-political situation
of the country.
In 1991, a national seminar on 'People's Theology' was organized
at Theology Centre on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of 'Jeevadhara'.
It was considered a significant event in the religious history of
the country and marked the beginning of a new phase in theological
thinking here. The papers presented at the seminar were published
in Jeevadhara No. 129 (Vol.XXII, May 1992).
1990, Theology Centre started organizing a Model Village around
it called 'Swashraya Gramam'. It is based on the fact that human
empowerment can maintain justice whatever be the political state
of affairs, and uphold thus the democratic ideals.
at conscientisation and empowerment of the people through neighbourhood
communities, seminars and leadership courses have been going on
here with some success. But much remains to be done. More of means
and staff are required.
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