Readings of the Bible within the different Christian Traditions

The Hellenic Bible Society organized on December 15-16, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Archbishopric of Athens, the International Conference “Readings of the Bible within the different Christian Traditions” on the occasion of the 500-year anniversary of Luther’s Reformation. The conference began with the welcoming greetings of Fr. Zisis Ktenidis, Director of the Cultural Center of the Archbishopric of Athens and of Fr. Georgios Polychronopoulos, representative of the Church of Greece, who read the message of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Ieronymos. The opening of the conference was concluded with the welcoming addresses of the Hellenic Bible Society’s General Secretary, Mr. Michail Chatzigiannis and the of the Dean of A.U.Th’s Faculty of Theology, Mr. Miltiadis Konstantinou.

Fr. Theodosios Martzouhos, priest of the Church of St. John Chrysostom in Preveza, presented the topic of “Tetravaggelo” (The Four-Gospel Book) in the opening session of the Conference that was chaired by the Hellenic Bible Society’s General Secretary, Mr. Michail Chatzigiannis.

The Dean of A.U.Th’s Faculty of Theology Dean, Mr. Miltiadis Konstantinou, chaired the second session of the first day of the Conference, during which there were three presentations. The first one, by the Rabbi of Athens, Gabriel Negrin, was under the title “The Genuine place of the Pentateuch in Tanakh according to Jewish Readings”, the second presentation by the Dean of Nida Institute, Philip Towner, was under the title “The Bible in Anglican Liturgical Praxis”; the last presentation of the session, by Fr. Luigi d’Ayala, member of the Monastic Community of Bose was under the title “The Role of the Holy Scripture in the Life of the Monastic Brotherhood of Bose”.

In the beginning of the second day of the Conference on Saturday morning, two presentations were held in the first session that was chaired by Charalampos Atmatzidis, Associate Professor at the School of Theology at the A.U.Th. The first one by Myrto Theocharous, Lecturer at the Greek Bible College, was under the title “The Gospel of Moses for the Church: Luther’s Hermeneutical Approach to the Book of Deuteronomy”; the second presentation by Thanasis Papathanasiou, Director of Synaxis Journal was on “From the Women of the Bible to the Women with the Bible: Reformation and the Emergence of Women Missionaries”.

During the second, and last, session of the day that was chaired by Ekaterini Tsalampouni, Assistant Professor at the School of Pastoral and Social Theology of the A.U.Th., four presentation were held. The Director of the Norwegian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Jorunn Økland, presented on “Luther’s «method» and his views on celibacy (1Cor 7)”. Following her presentation, Moschos Goutzioudis, Assistant Professor at the School of Theology at the A.U.Th., presented his topic under the title “Luther’s Contribution in the Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews during the Reformation”. The Academic Director of the Greek Bible College, Jeff Baldwin presented on “The Only Acceptable Contribution: Cain and Abel in the Exegesis of Church Fathers and Reformers”. The last presentation by the Associate Professor of the School of Theology at the U.o.A., Christos Karakolis, was under the title “Sola Scriptura or Soli Patres? A Contribution Attempt in the Dialogue Between the Orthodox and Protestant New Testament Hermeneutics”.

The Academic Committee of the Conference consisted of: Miltiadis Konstantinou, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the A.U.Th., Charalampos Atmatzidis, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the A.U.Th., and Ekaterini Tsalampouni, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the A.U.Th.

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Bible and Visual Arts

The Hellenic Bible Society organized on the 16th and 17th of December at the Cultural Center of the Archdiocese of Athens, an International Conference on “Bible and Visual Arts”. The Conference began with the opening address of the Hellenic Bible Society’s General Secretary Mr. Michalis Chatzigiannis, while the representative of the Church of Greece Bishop of Velestino Damaskinos read the salutation of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Ieronymos II.

Conference sessions began with Prof. Miltiadis Konstantinou, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki presiding during the presentation of Professor of Philosophy Christos Yannaras under the title “How does Painting Read the Bible? Gruenewald’s Crucified and the Crucified from Dafni”.

The second session of the day was presided by Professor Emeritus from the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Dimitris Kaimakis and included two presentations. The first one from the Associate Professor at the School of Visual and Applied Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Stella Lavva under the title “Bible Reception in European Painting of the thcentury” and the second one from the Assistant Professor at the School of History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Melina Paisidou under the title “Iconographical Issues from the Area of Prespes and Ohrid during the 15thcentury”.

The first session of Saturday morning was presided by Associate Professor from the Faculty of Theology at University of Athens Konstantinos Zarras and included three presentations. The first, by the archivist and librarian of the Catholic Archdiocese of Naxos-Tinos fr. Markos Foskolos had the title “Biblia Pauperum – Biblia Analphabetarum: The Holy Scripture during the Romanesque and Gothic Era”, the second, by the Director of the Greek Historical Evangelical Archive Mr. Ioannis Tsevas had the title “Van Gogh and the Bible”, and the third, by the Lecturer of the Faculty of Architecture at Ariel University in Israel Edna Langenthal, had the title “The Garden of Paradise as a Pre-House”.

The second session was presided by the Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki fr. Ioannis Skiadaresis included three presentations. Georgios Kordis, theologian, painter and iconographer presented on “Painting Dialogue with Biblical Subjects. Performance and Art”. The following presentation, by fr. Loukas Xenofontinos, an hagiographer, was on “Inspiration and Artistic Creation under the Light of the Holy Scripture”. Konstantinos Xenopoulos, Master Hagiographer of the Patriarchate of Alexandria presented on “Tradition in Art”.

During the final part of the Conference there was a round table discussion in which fr. Loukas Xenofontinos, Georgios Kordis, and Konstantinos Xenopoulos participated. The round table was presided by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Miltiadis Konstantinou.

The scientific committee of the conference comprised of: Ioannis Karavidopoulos (Prof. Emeritus of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Miltiadis Konstantinou (Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), and Konstantinos Zarras (Associate Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Athens).

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Holy Bible and Greek Literature

IMG_3019On 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.

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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.”

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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 o12391877_1088635957827569_6592861053583291003_nf 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”.

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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”.

 

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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 attended12373399_1088635987827566_5943937832375662800_n 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


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


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