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 The Hellenistic and Judaic Background to the New Testament

 Date of the conference: 27th-29th August, 2018

Venue: Dóm Conference Centre, Szeged

Deadline for subscription for our lecturers:  1st May, 2018

Patrons of the Conference:

Dr. György Jakubinyi archbishop of Alba Iulia , Dr. Diocesan László Kiss-Rigó , Prof. Dr. Joachim Gnilka, Prof. Dr. Rector Szabolcs Szuromi (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest) Prof. Dr. Levente Balázs Martos, member of the Pontifical Biblical Institute. The Biblical Conference in 2018 is organized by Szeged International Biblical Conference Foundation.

Our special lecturers invited include Reimund Bieriger (Leuven), Udo Schnelle (Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Karl- Wilhelm Niebuhr (Jena).

Klaus Berger Carsten Colpe (Ed.) Religionsgeschichtliches Textbuch zum Neuen Testament Texte zum Neuen Testament. Das Neue Testament Deutsch., 1987.
English version: Boring, M. Eugene, Klaus Berger, and Carsten Colpe, eds.
Hellenistic Commentary to the New Testament. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.

During the translation works of the book of Klaus Berger it became clear to me (and it was an overwhelming revelation) that in the texts of the New Testament authors there are a great number of ancient topics, genres and sometimes even concrete texts that live on in different forms, which have exercised various effects on the text of the Bible. There has not been a conference organized in Hungary on this topic so far with Bible scholars and experts of Hellenism invited at the same time (despite the fact that there have been many Hellenistic works translated from the original language to Hungarian by Hungarian classical scholars, Qumran specialists, Assyriologists, the experts of Rabbinic literature, etc.) This is why we would like to look for the translators and experts of non-Christian Hellenistic texts and invite them to give a lecture at our Conference.

The objective of our Conference is the analysis of the relationship between Christian and non-Christian texts. We are willing to send the above mentioned work (Klaus Berger, Carsten Colpe eds.) to the lecturers in PDF format in German or in English and as soon as it is ready even in Hungarian so as to make it easier to find examples for the comparison of concrete texts.

All lecturers are asked to introduce their chosen topic through the quotation of concrete Hellenistic texts, verses from the Old and the New Testaments and extracts from the Early Christian literature. Please make sure that in the text sent to be printed there is the related bibliography in footnotes.

Lecturers should apply for the conference by providing the title of their lecture via email or by typing it in the Google sheet that can be found on the homepage of the Szeged International Biblical Conference. The deadline for application is 1st May, 2018.

Please also make sure that by 15th June, 2018 you will have sent the abstract of your lecture in Hungarian or in a foreign language. The abstract should contain the title of the lecture (in two languages) and the source texts as well as the most important theses of your lecture.

Apart from those of special guests, lectures should not exceed 20 minutes, each of which is followed by a brief and mainly professional debate (a maximum of 10 minutes). On every day of the Conference everyone can join in the debates organized in smaller groups and presided by the lecturers in the workshop section.  

The languages of the conference are Hungarian, German and English. We plan to publish the lectures given there about one year after the conference in English or in German.  The extension of the written study should be between 25.000 and 30.000 characters with spaces included. The Hungarian texts of the lectures will be uploaded to the homepage of the Conference. http://www.sznbk1988.hu/hu

The deadline for sending us the final version of the lecture is 26th November, 2018.

Those who will be lecturers at our Conference for the first time should also send us their brief scholarly CVs (or if it can be found on the internet, please send us the link – it should not exceed 5.000 characters with spaces) mentioning their three most important publications. We would kindly ask you all to provide us with your scholarly title and your current workplace.

Please, make sure that the Hebrew. Greek, Syrian etc. words are transcribed in Latin according to scholarly transcription. The publication of texts arriving after the 26th of November, 2018 may be doubtful. In case your text extends the above mentioned length, it should be negotiated and permitted by the editor.

We offer free board and lodging to our lecturers for the time of the conference as well as participation in the cultural programmes free of charge. Persons accompanying our lecturers are not automatically catered for free of charge. The Conference is open to all; university students may register with a discount.

Please, inform us as soon as possible and before 1st May, 2018 if you have any special requirement concerning meals. Please, make sure that you send us the exact date and time of your arrival and your departure before 1st June, 2018. This will help us a lot in organizing the event.

Szeged, 4th November, 2017

Dr. György Benyik parish-priest
Director for SZNBK (Szeged International Biblical Conference)
benyik.gyorgy@gmail.com