On December 11th and 12th 2015 the Hellenic Bible Society organized a Scientific Conference at the Cultural Center of the Archdiocese of Athens named “Holy Bible and Greek Literature”. The event began with a greeting from Fr. Basilis Christodoulou, Director of the Cultural Center of the Archdiocese of Athens, then followed the representative of the Church of Greece Fr. Demetrios Nikou who read the message of the Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and all Greece. Followed by greetings from the General Secretary of the Hellenic Bible Society Mr. Michael Chr. Chatzigiannis, the Dean of the Theological Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Mr. Miltiadis Konstantinou and President of the Faculty of Social Theology at the University of Athens Mr. Sotirios Despotis, read by Mrs. Kirki Kefalea Vice-President of the Faculty.
The conference began under the chairmanship of Professor of the Faculty of Theology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ioannis Karavidopoulos and the main introduction was made by the Ass. Professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens Konstantinos Zarras with subject: “Vision of Future after death: The Myth of Er to Plato and the early Christian eschatology.”
The next speakers of the first day of the conference were Professor of the Faculty of Theatre Studies in the University of Athens Iossif Vivilakis on “The Bible and Neohellenic drama” and the writer Isidoros Zourgos on “Bible seeds into a novel”.
Saturday morning during the first session chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki Miltiadis Konstantinou three introductions were made. The first was made by the theologian and poet Anastasia Gkitsi with subject “Poems. The psalms of the soul”, the second “A blasphemous reading of the Gospel: The man from Galilee by Ilias Lagios” and the third by the President of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki Chrysostomos Stamoulis on “The Biblical narratives in Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation”.
In the second session chaired by Chrysostomos Stamoulis the program contained three introductions. The poet Kyriakos Haralambidis began with the subject: “Poetry and theology (self-commentary)”. Then the author Savvas Michail spoke about “The Biblical poet Andreas Embirikos”. The President of the Biblical Foundation “Artos Zois” Stavros Zoumboulakis suggested the theme “For T.K. Papatsonis”.
In the last session of the conference, the presentation of our new edition “Psalter” which contains the text of the Septuagint and in parallel the text in demotic language. The “Psalter” completes the trilogy of the liturgical editions of the Hellenic Bible Society, which began with the release of “Eklogadion” which includes text and translation of readings from the New Testament of the entire ecclesiastical year and continued with portions from the Old Testament version of “Prophetologion”. The presentation was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology Miltiadis Konstantinou, Pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church in Athens Panagiotis Kantartzis, Ministry of Education adviser and Director of the magazine “Theologia” Stavros Yagazoglou and Ass. Professor of the Faculty of Social Theology at the University of Athens Kirki Kefalea.
Others that attended this two-day conference were, the Metropolitan of Ilion Acharnes and Petroupolis, Athenagoras, the Catholic Archbishop of Athens Sevastianos Rossolatos, the Rabbi of Athens Gabriel Negrin, the poet Kiki Dimoula, Professors of the two Theological Schools, graduate and PhD students, teachers and people from all ecclesiastical denominations.
The Scientific Committee of the conference consisted of Ioannis Karavidopoulos (Professor of the Faculty of Theology, University of Thessaloniki), Miltiadis Konstanntinou (Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Thessaloniki), Ekaterini Tsalampouni (Ass. Professor of the School of Pastoral and Social Theology, University of Thessaloniki) and Konstantinos Zarras (Ass. Professor of the Faculty of Theology, University of Athens).
You can watch the conference and speeches by clicking on each speaker’s subject through our YouTube channel: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΙΑ