Official Title: Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies

Faculty: Faculty of Religious Studies


Short Bio


Research Interests:

Biblical Studies, esp. Pauline Studies; Oriental Religions and Cultures

Prof. Arnold T. Monera is a Filipino lay theologian.  He obtained his Master of Arts (M.A) in Oriental Religions and Cultures from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 1992.  From 1992-1994 he took his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) with specialization in New Testament Studies from the Katholieke Universitieit Leuven (KUL) in Belgium.  His licentiate thesis was entitled Glossolalia and Prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14: A Survey of Exegetical Literature.  After his licentiate, he resumed his teaching post at the De La Salle University-Manila.  Then from 1997-2002, with another scholarship grant from the Faculty of Theology of KUL, he obtained his Ph.D.-S.Th.D. and wrote a dissertation on Paul and the Powers That Be: An Exegesis of Rom 13: 1-7 with Prof. Em. Joel Delobel as Doktorvater.  Back to De La Salle University, he became the Chairperson of the Theology and Religious Education Department in 2004-2006.  He was awarded the William Patrick Farrell Distinguished Professorial Chair in Religious Studies from 2003-2006.  He left DLSU-Manila in 2007 with the rank of Associate Professor.

During the second semester of the Academic Year 2007-2008 he was Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion of Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.  In his short teaching stint in Bangkok, he acted as Executive Secretary of Assumption University John Paul II Center for Catholic Social Thought. 

He joined the Faculty of Christian Studies of the University of Saint Joseph (formerly Macau Inter-University Institute) in August 2008.  He handles modules/courses in Scriptures, Theology, and Biblical Greek.

Prof. Monera has co-authored a college textbook entitled Kaloob: Interweavings on the Christian Story.  He has written several exegetical articles on St. Paul published in scientific journals in the Philippines and in Asia.

He continues to be a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines.



  • Kaloob (interweavings In The Christian Story)
  • “Engaging with Wirkungsgeschichte: Romans 13:1-7 as a Case Study,” Prajñā Vihāra. Journal of Philosophy and Religion (Assumption University of Thailand) 8, no. 2 (July-December 2007): 100-133.
  • Book Review of “The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot, recounted by Jeffrey Archer,” Prajñā Vihāra. Journal of Philosophy and Religion (Assumption University of Thailand) 8, no. 2 (July-December 2007): 153-156.
  • “Paul’s Thought on Reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20,” IDEYA 8, no. 2 (March 2007): 1-10.
  • Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in 1 Cor 14:21,” DIWA: Studies in Philosophy and Theology (Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City) 31, nos. 1 & 2 (2006): 42-56.
  • “The Christian’s Relationship to the State according to the New Testament: Conformity or Non-conformity,” Asia Journal of Theology 19, no. 1 (April, 2005): 106-142.
  • “The Christian and the State According to the New Testament,” in Scripture and the Quest for a New Society. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Convention of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines, Tagaytay City, 23-25 July 2005, pp. 13-50.
  • “1 Corinthians 14:34-35 – A Continuing Conundrum for Textual Critics, Hapag: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Theological Research 2, no. 1 (2005): 5-20.
  • “The Historical Setting of Romans 13:1-7 – A Reconstruction,” DIWA: Studies in Philosophy and Theology (Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City) 30 (May 2005): 27-57.


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