On the 12th and 13th of December, 2014 the Hellenic Bible Society organized an International Conference on “The translation of the Bible in the Church and in Education” at the Cultural Centre of the Archdiocese of Athens. Within the program of this conference the Hellenic Bible Society had planned and carried out a modest tribute to the translators of the New Testament, professors Georgios Galitis, Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Ioannis Galanis and Petros Vassiliadis. The Hellenic Bible Society is celebrating 25 years of the approval and blessing of the translation of the New Testament to the demotic language by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the other Patriarchates and the Church of Greece. For this reason the Hellenic Bible Society honored the translators of this effort.
The Hellenic Bible Society celebrated in 2014, 25 years of the approval and blessing of the translation of the New Testament to the demotic language by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the other Patriarchates and the Church of Greece!
At the beginning of the conference, Bishop of Abydos Kyrillos, Professor of Theology at the University of Athens read the message of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Representative of the Church of Greece was appointed Bishop of Marathon Meliton, who read the message of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Ieronymos II, while the Bishop of Botswana Basil represented the Patriarchate of Alexandria and read the message of the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, Theodoros II. The representative of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem also attended the conference who read out the message from Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III.
The Metropolitan of Demetrias and Almiros Ignatius addressed the honored professors and translators of the New Testament in his capacity as President of the Hellenic Bible Society. To each of the four translators honored by the Hellenic Bible Society were given a gilded gospel by the President. In reply the Emeritus Professor of the Theological School of Athens Mr. Georgios Galitis spoke on behalf of the teachers and honorees.
After the honorary event the program continued under the chairmanship of the Ass. Professor of Theology Charalambos Atmatzidis and the prologue of the Ass. Professor of the University of Athens Christos Karakolis entitled “Scientific Publications, United Bible Societies & Translation”. The next and final speaker of day one of the conference was the dean of the Nida New York Institute Mr. Phil Towner on: “Eugene Nida and the So-Called” Power-turn “in Translation Studies”.
Saturday morning during the first session chaired by the Professor of the Hellenic Bible College Mr. John Kremmydas, two presentations were made. The first by the Director of the Greek Historical Evangelical Archive Mr. John Tsevas on “The Promotion of the Hellenic Bible Society in Evangelical Churches in Greece” and the second by the Ass. Professor of the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome Mr. Vasili Babota on: “The Vulgate in the Catholic Church”.
In the second session chaired by Mr. Anthony Foskolos according to the schedule there were three prologues. The Ass. Professor of Pastoral and Social Theology of AUTH (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) Mrs. Ekaterini Tsalampouni suggested the subject: “Modern Methods Interpretation and Translation of the Bible”. Then Ass. Professor of Theology AUTH Fr. Ioannis Skiadaressis spoke on “The Bible in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church”. The Counselor of the Ministry of Education Mr. Stavros Yagazoglou spoke on the subject: “The translation of the Bible in Secondary Education”.
During the last part of the conference a round table discussion on “The future of translation work and the cooperation of the Hellenic Bible Society with the Churches”. Amongst many who took part in this discussion were the President of the Theology Department University of Athens, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Messinia, the Catholic Archbishop of Athens Sevastianos Rossolatos and the Pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church of Athens Panagiotis Kantartzis. The discussion was coordinated by the dean of the Theological Faculty of the Aristotle University, Professor Miltiades Konstantinou.
Also attending the two-day conference was the Dean of Theology of the University of Athens School Professor Marios Begzos, Metropolitans of Alexandroupolis Mr. Anthimos and of Ilion Acharnon and Petroupoleos Mr. Athenagoras, professors of the two Theological Schools, members of the new translation team of the Hellenic Bible Society, postgraduates and doctoral candidates, teachers and many people from all ecclesiastical denominations.
The Scientific committee of the conference consisted of: Miltiadis Constantinou (Dean of the Theological Faculty of the Aristotle University), Christos Karakolis (Associate Professor, University of Athens) and Ekaterini Tsalampouni (Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Social Theology of AUTH).
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