Kallistratos and the Adventures of the Talents

P1010709The Hellenic Bible Society and the theatre group of O.C.A.B. “Metamorphosis” presented on Saturday March 21st 2015 a musical performance for children “Kallistratos and the Adventures of the Talents” of Vasiliki Nevrokopli.

The play was based on the second book of Vasiliki Nevrokopli, illustrations by Athena Robie starring the storyteller Kallistratos who told the parable of the talents. A life full of changes for a king and his three servants. Everyone has their talents. The Kin10929556_810400708996920_667168669099371943_ng leaves for a trip, and Saracen pirates enter the kingdom, and everyone’s lives are disrupted. Who within these adventures manages to multiply their talents and who abandons them, and in such way not only loses, but loses even himself?

 


Distribution of New Testaments by Metropolitan of Lagada Ioannis

al14908_us44_20141217111433_dsc_13081000The Metropolitan of Lagada, Litis and Redinis Ioannis visited the Army Camp “Cavalry MAJ Prokopidis” on the morning of December 17th 2014, where he attended the awarding of honorary diplomas to graduate Soldiers of the Outpost Training Recruits.

In his short speech he gave wishes and blessings of our Holy Church, congratulated all graduates for the excellent training they received and which will help them better defend our country from any danger or threat, while simultaneously distributing the New Testament, published by the Hellenic Bible Society and wishing everyone hal14908_us44_20141217111413_dsc_13071600ealth and strength on the occasion of the celebrations and to continue successfully doing this hard work which comes with great responsibility.

 


The Translation of the Bible in the Church and Education

EBE_42aOn 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 ChEBE_108aurch 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.

EBE_125aAfter 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 EBE_185athe 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 tEBE_237ahree 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 thiEBE_357as 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).

You can watch the conference speeches by clicking on the subject of each speaker or visiting our YouTube channel: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΙΑ


Third educational seminar of translators of the Bible

Paratext 3_62For five days (16th -20th of June) in the Educator’s Laboratory of the Faculty of Theology on the ground floor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 31 people in total, trainers and trainees from Greece and abroad from 09.00 am until 17.00 pm dealt intensively with the issue of translation of biblical texts and possibilities of specialized Paratext 7.4 software, which offers the possibility of continuous communication and exchange of information between translators around the world on issues relating to translation of the Bible. The trainees, graduate students, doctoral candidates, PhD, members of thParatext 3_75e Hellenic Bible Society and faculty members of the two theological schools of Greece attended presentations (in Greek and English) on the translation of the biblical texts and the various difficulties, the intertextuality (quotations, allusions and echoes passages of the Old Testament texts in the New Testament), the relevant background, the relationship of the books of the Old Testament with those of the New Testament, but also their respective listeners / readers of texts. The seminar also included practical exercises the trainees using Paratext 7.4 and its capabilities, translation of an indicative passage from the Prophets, as well as evaluating the translation efforts.

Throughout the seminar an Paratext 3_70Internet platform was operating as a digital classroom (e-class) through which the members of the seminar were communicating directly with each other and the supporting material, as well as the speakers’ presentations was constantly available. The Hellenic Bible Society and Professor of Theology AUTH Miltiadis Konstantinou, who had the scientific responsibility of the entire project, from the beginning of the first training course, hope that young translators who received specific training and the special software will directly enhance the translation work done in our country.


The role of the Bible in the peaceful coexistence of people

The Hellenic Bible Society organized in collaboration with the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens on the 13th and 14th of December, 2013 at the Cultural Center of Athens an International Scientific CoIMG_3841Tnference on: “The Edict of Milan in 313 AD and the demand of the 21st century for reconciliation: The role of the Bible in the peaceful coexistence of people”. The event was introduced by the president of our Society Metropolitan of Demetrias and Almyros Mr. Ignatius. Greetings were also sent by the Dean of the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens Mr. Marios Begzos. The main introduction of the event was made by Professor of Theology of AUTH Miltiadis Constantinou entitled “Collaboration between the United Bible Societies the Catholic and the Orthodox Church for the distribution of the message of the Gospel to the modern world”.

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The conference was held on the occasion of celebrating 1700 years from the issuance of the Edict of Milan in 313 AD.


The schedule continued under the chairmanship of Professor Emeritus of the Theological Faculty of Thessaloniki, Ioannis Karavidopoulos. The first topic was entitled “Bible and Religious Tolerance” with the first speaker Ass. Professor of Theology at the University of Athens Konstantinos Zarras on “Pax deorum aIMG_3806Tnd Pantheon as religious and institutional conditions for the Edict of Milan”. The speech of the lecturer of the Hellenic Bible College, Myrto Theoharous on: “Faith in the exclusivity of Yahweh and the issue of intolerance towards believers of other religions”. A third speaker of the first part was the Director of the Jesuit Library Fr. Sebastian Freris who spoke about “God’s people and the people of the world. Reflections on Mark 16:15 (with reference to Isa 11:10-12 and relevant decisions of the Second Vatican Council)”. The last speaker was the lecturer of the Hellenic Bible College, Stefanos Mihalios on: “Tolerance in view of exclusive interpretation. The early Christian interpretation of Judaism in the context of religious tolerance (John 8:44 and Re 2:9, 3:9)”.

IMG_3744Saturday morning during the second session entitled: “The Bible in the modern world”, chaired by Secretary of Synodal Commission on Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Christian relations Archimandrite Ignatius Sotiriadis with five introductions made. The first by Dr. of Theology and editor of “Assembly” magazine Athanasios Papathanasiou on “Despair and freedom. Universal paths to the Bible”, the second by lecturer of the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology of AUTH Ekaterini Tsalampouni on But seek first his kingdom anIMG_3883d his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mathew 6:33) A Biblical approach proposal of world demand for justice”, the third by Metropolitan of Zimbabwe and Angola Metropolitan Seraphim on “The Bible and religious tolerance in Africa” the forth by Metropolitan of Alexandropouli Traianoupolis & Samothraki Mr. Anthimos on «Think not that I am come to send peace on earth”. Tolerance and cooperation on both shores of the Aegean Sea at the end of the first decade of the 21st Century» and finally the fifth by the coordinator of Translation Programs and Scientific Publications of the United Bible Societies Dr. Simon Crisp, entitled: «Why translate the Bible for Musilms?».

IMG_3960In the third session was entitled: “The Bible in the Christian Ecumene” chaired by Professor Miltiadis Konstantinou and four introductions were made. The Professor of Theology, University of Athens Metropolitan of Messinia Mr. Chrysostomos suggested the subject “The news of the biblical word in the light of the patristic interpretation. Principles and Conditions”. In continuation Professor of Instituto di Teologia Ecumenica “San Nicola” in Bari, Fr. Rosario Scognamiglio spoke on “New perspectives in understanding the Bible after the Second Vatican Synod. The interpretation of the dialogue”. The lecturer of the University of Athens Faculty of Theology Vassiliki Stathokosta made an introduction to the subject: “The Bible in the ecumenical movement” and finally professor of the Hellenic Bible College Jeffrey W. Baldwin spoke on “In search of the “heretic”. Common thrust and Intercommunal dialogue in the history of the Samaritan woman (John 4)”.

IMG_4016During the last part of the conference a round table discussion took place which was moderated by Gen. Secretary of the Hellenic Bible Society Mr. Michael Chr. Chatzigiannis on “The work of the Hellenic Bible Society in the service of the Church.” Attending were the President of our Society, Metropolitan of Demetrias and Almyros Mr. Ignatius, Metropolitan of Messinia Mr. Chrysostomos, the priest of the Catholic Church Fr. Theodore Kontidis and the Pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church of Athens Panagiotis Kantartzis.

IMG_3739TIn this two-day conference those who also attended were Bishops of Kaisariani, Byron and Hymettus Mr. Daniel, Iliou, Acharnon and Petroupoleos Mr. Athenagoras, professors of the two Theological Schools, graduate students, doctoral candidates, teachers and many people from all ecclesiastical denominations.

 

The scientific committee of the conference consisted of: Miltiadis Konstantinou (Professor of the Theological School of the Aristotle University), Christos Karakolis (Assistant Professor, University of Athens) and Vassiliki Stathokosta (lecturer of the Theology Faculty of the University of Athens).

You can watch the speeches of the conference by clicking on the subject of each speaker and by visiting our YouTube channel: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΙΑ