“The Illustrated Bible” in the 15th International Book Fair in Thessaloniki

From the 3rd until the 6th of May 2018, the 15th International Book Fair was held in Thessaloniki International Exhibition & Congress Centre (HELEXPO), which is the most important annual event for the book and its professionals that is organized in our country. The Exhibition is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in collaboration with the HELEXPO, the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Associations of both Greek and independent publishers, with the support of the Hellenic Parliament and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. This year 285 publishers from Greece and abroad participated and thousands of people of all ages visited the Exhibition.

The Hellenic Bible Society, which has been involved in recent years, was present with its publications in the central booth of En Plo Publications, along with other publishers of Christian books. In the especially designed space, we were able to present our new edition “The Illustrated Bible” in two separate events – for different audiences.

During the first two mornings, schools mainly visited the Exhibition, so on Friday, May 4, the B3 class of the 19th High School of Thessaloniki (Marasleios) accompanied by the theologian-professor Maria Farsiarotou attended and participated in the first out of the two events. Prior to commencement, George Sochos, sales and communication manager of the Hellenic Bible Society, briefly referred to the Society’s work and activities.

The speakers, who were the School Advisor of Theologians of Central Macedonia, Maria Syrgianni and the Board members of the Hellenic Bible Society Charalambos Atmatzidis, associate professor of the Theological Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Aikaterini Tsalambouni, assistant professor of the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, managed with the lively discussion and the biblical references to hold the students’ interest and to help them better understand the content and message of the Bible. In the end, students were particularly pleased for the offer of a copy of the “Illustrated Bible” for their school library.

On Sunday afternoon, May 6th, the second event was held- the book presentation. The General Secretary of the Hellenic Bible Society Michail Chatzigiannis after welcoming the attendees, he presented the two speakers: Miltiadis Konstantinou, Dean of the Theological Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who stressed the importance and necessity of the translation of the Holy Bible and Panagiotis Yfantis, Deputy Professor of the Theological Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who referred to the special role that illustration plays in the understanding and interpretation of the biblical text.


Holy Bible: Dialogue between God-human

On Saturday 3rd of March 2018, the Catholic Archdiocese of Athens organized and carried out the conference “Holy Bible: dialogue between God-human” in the amphitheater of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. The conference was held in the context of the Year dedicated to the Bible, which has been declared by his Excellency Sevastianos Rossolatos Catholic Archbishop of Athens and lasts from the 3rd of December 2017 to 25th of November 2018.

In the same place, there was an exhibition of the Hellenic Bible Society titled “Holy Bible, from the Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Translations”, as well as an exhibition of old copies-heirlooms of the Holy Scriptures from the Archives of the Apostolic Center “Faith and Culture” of the Catholic Archdiocese of Naxos-Tinos, from the Library of the Institute of Human Sciences of the Jesuits Fathers and from the Greek Historical Evangelical Archives.

The Manus Apertae vocal ensemble enriched the event with a series of hymns starting with the prayer “Hymn to Love”. Afterwards, the Most Reverend Savio Hon Tai-Fai, Nuncio of the Holy See in Greece and his Excellency Sevastianos Rossolatos Catholic Archbishop of Athens brought a greeting. Followed by the General Secretary of the Hellenic Bible Society, Mr. Michail Chatzigiannis who, among others, mentioned in his greeting: “…It is indeed commendable that the inspirational initiative of the Catholic Archdiocese of Athens to declare the current working year as the year of the Holy Bible and in this context to organize this conference. While we are all preparing to celebrate in a few weeks the most important event of our Faith, the Passion, namely the Resurrection of Christ, today’s conference is of special interest. The subject of the conference “Holy Bible, dialogue between God-human” has a timeless but also timely importance.

Firstly, because the Bible is the cornerstone of our single Church, our common starting point and simultaneously our most important basis. Secondly, because admittedly in the “letters” of the Bible, we find the heart of our theology and our ecclesiastical ethos, and with these we give meaning to our existence and envision the hopeful goods of the future. Thirdly, because through the reading and interpretation of the Bible not only overtime we have the permanent, by the letter “remembrance”, in the body of the Church, but also to each of us separately, the once salvific events, centered on Christ and as an object the man and the whole creation. A reminder of what he said and what the Lord did. All these elements are absolutely necessary for the society and the bond of peace that ought to reign among us…”

On the first session of the conference under the chairmanship of the teacher – executive secretary of the Marist Mission in Europe and member of the Pastoral Committee, Mrs. Angela Sestrini, Mrs. Myrto Theocharous Professor of the Old Testament at the Greek Bible College, had the first presentation on the subject: “The Book of Deuteronomy and Social Welfare” followed by the presentation of theologian-scholar and interpreter of the Bible Fr. Sotiris Mavrofidis on the subject: “The formation of the New Testament.” On the second session under the chairmanship of the member of the Pastoral Committee of the Catholic Archdiocese of Athens, Maria Schick, the first rapporteur was Fr. Markos Foskolos theologian-historian on the subject: “The Bible in the Worship of the Church” followed by the presentation of Mr. Christos Karakolis associateprofessor of the New Testament in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens on the subject: “The New Testament as the foundation for dialogue and cooperation between Christian Churches.” Finally, Mr. Ioannis Tsevas, surgeon dentist, director of the Greek Historical Evangelical Archives, referred to the Exposition that there was outside the conference hall and briefly to the history of the Hellenic Bible Society and especially to its collaboration with the Catholic Church.

At the end of the conference, his Excellency Catholic Archbishop of Athens once again thanked the speakers and the choir, offering some souvenirs, congratulated all who helped in one way or another on organizing and carrying out the conference attended by many priests and hieromonks, nuns and monks of all monastic orders, laymen from many Parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Athens and many believers of other Christian confessions.

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Photographs: Leonard John Vamvakaris


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).

You can watch the Conference’s presentations by clicking on each title through our YouTube Channel: Hellenic Bible Society

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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


SALVUM ME FECIT – The Lord has redeemed me

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The Hellenic Bible Society presented in collaboration with the Metropolis of Demetrias and Almyros at the Ascension of Christ church in Volos on Thursday October 22nd and with the Institute of Humanity Science of Jesuits at Saint Dionysius of Catholics in Athens on Saturday 24th of October two separate concerts of religiouDSC07934s music, with the vocal ensemble CONSORTIUM VOCALE OSLO from Norway. The event in Volos was attended by the Metropolitan of Demetrias and President of the Hellenic Bible Society, Ignatius, while in Athens the Catholic Archbishop of Athens Sevastianos and the representative of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos II, Bishop Chrysostomos of Dodonis.

DSC08089The program “Salvum me fecit” presented hymns from ancient Gregorian repertoire which date back to the 8th and 9th century. The Gregorian compositions use texts from the Bible, mainly from the book of Psalms and the New Testament. The compositions presented in this program were derived from the Mass of the 6th to the 10th Sunday, their common theme is God who brings healing and salvation, making man and all mankind complete and holy.

The vocal ensemble is connected to the Cathedral in Oslo, Norway, and for many years appreciDSC07913ated for their performances in Gregorian Chanting throughout Europe and beyond. In celebrations and concerts Consortium Vocale Oslo proposes an interpretation of Gregorian chanting based on the evidence of the older musical manuscripts. The vocal ensemble has received international recognition and has released 6 Gregorian Music CDs. For more information please visit: www.consortiumvocale.no

DSC07906The conductor, Alexander M. Schweitzer, is a theologian and musician. He studied Gregorian chanting in Rome, Cremona and Munich. For 25 years Schweitzer has been training Gregorian choirs for the Diploma of Higher Studies in Palaeography and Gregorian program Semiotics of the Music University of Lugano School and in seminars of the International Organization Membership Gregorian Studies at St. Ottilien, Germany. In September 2015, Schweitzer was elected Chairman of the International Organization Membership Gregorian Studies (AISCGre).

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2 April – International Children’s Book Day

10432965_868101516581114_6786785737113516806_nInternational Children’s Book Day is celebrated every year on April 2nd, the day the great Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born. Established by the International Board of books for Young People (IBBY) IN 1966. Since then, every year a different national section of the organization prepares a message and a poster, which are distributed worldwide, in order to emphasize the value of books and reading, and to encourage international cooperation for the development and distribution of children’s literature.

In all countries children, writers, illustrators, librarians, publishers and teachers celebrate this international day with various events in schools, libraries, bookstores, squares and other places showing love and their interest in books and reading.Βικελαία

In 2015 the Division of the United Arab Emirates was responsible for the material of the celebration. The message written by Marwa Obaid Rashid Al Aqroubi, children’s author and Chairman of the Department of the UAE of IBBY, with excellent activity in the implementation of programs for the cultivation of reading, in the country and abroad, particularly in areas where the conflicts of war or natural disasters have created tragic situations for children with serious consequences in their lives.

In Greece, just like every year, the Greek Division of IBBY/ Circle of Greek Children’s Books took care of translating the message in Greek and urged operators who are interested in children and their books to contribute to the celebration of the International Children’s Book Day.

ΚατερίνηThe Hellenic Bible Society took place this year in the event by presenting the third book of the series “The stories of Kallistratos”, Kallistratos and the Nightingale City. The author Vasiliki Nevrokopli visited in 6 days, a good amount of public schools and Public Libraries which organised events to honor the Day. 

The “journey” of Kallistratos started from the 9th Public School in Katerini and continued to Thessaloniki. Next stop was the Municipal Library of Neapolis and the 8th Public School, the Municipal Library of Sykies and the 5th Public School, the 4th Public School of Oreokastro, the Municipal Library of Melissochori and the 7th Public School of Evosmos. Last stop was at Vikelaia Municipal Library in Heraklion, Crete.

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Children and adults listened through the narration to the parable of the two houses, the concluding story of Jesus Christ to the Sermon on the Mountain, that teaches us what are the solid foundations upon which we can build our lives in order to face every difficulty.

 


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?

 


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