Father Paul Béré, SJ, was born in Burkina Faso, and teaches at the Biblicum in Rome. He was formerly an Old Testament professor at Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. His field of expertise is the Hebrew Bible. His doctoral research in biblical sciences at the Pontifical Biblical Institute looked at the figure of Joshua in the eponymous book (2007). He has been developing an understanding of the functioning of (written) texts in oral/aural contexts. He has been a peritus at the synods on the Word of God and for Africa, and he is a consultor for a number of Vatican dicasteries, including the Pontifical Council for Culture.