The Association RBS

Who we are

The raison d'être of the RBS

Founded in Rome, where its headquarters are situated, the "International Society for the Study of Biblical and Semitic Rhetoric" (RBS) is a non-profit organization, under Italian law. It is the only association:

It must not be forgotten that this same western civilisation is heir also to the Judeo-Christian tradition which finds its origin in the Bible, that is to say in the Semitic world.

More broadly, the texts which we study are foundational texts of the three great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Such a scientific study, the first condition of better mutual knowledge, can only contribute to a rapprochement between those who belong to these diverse traditions.

Several learned societies exist whose objective is the study of rhetoric in general, more particularly of classical Greco-Latin rhetoric. The best known is the «International Society for the History of Rhetoric»; but there are others:

«American Society for the History of Rhetoric», «Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique», «International Society for the Study of Argumentation», «Nordic Network for the History of Rhetoric», «Rhetoric Society of America», «Rhetoric Society of Korea», etc.

The objective of the RBS

The essential purpose of the RBS is to promote and support:

To attain its objectives, the RBS collects the necessary funds for the financing of its diverse projects.
Besides the RBS Web Site (, it intends to promote the exchange of material between the members of the Association and all who are interested in our work and our publications.

The Founding Members

The «Founding Members are» :

Roland Meynet, a French Jesuit, is professor of biblical theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University ; Jacek Oniszczuk, a Polish Jesuit, is starting to teach biblical theology in the same faculty. The other members are not Bible Scholars by profession, but friends who wanted to help the foundation of the RBS: Anna Beatrice Federici has graciously accepted to become our first president; Marie Hendrickx, a Belgian-French theologian works at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Nicola Riva, of the Work of Nazareth (Opera di Nazaret), is also secretary of the specialization in Science and Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Gregorian University.

Offices of the Association

Honorary President

Honorary Members

Board of the RBS


Statutes of the RBS (in Italian) To consult the Statutes of the RBS