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August 6, 2003
For Information Contact:
Rev. Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos
INTERNATIONAL BIBLICAL CONFERENCE AT HOLY CROSS THIS FALL
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology will hold a biblical
conference during October 29-November 1, 2003 under the title "Sacred Text
and Interpretation: Perspectives in Orthodox Biblical Studies." The
keynote address will be delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on
Wednesday evening, October 29, at the Maliotis Cultural Center, to which
the public is invited. The conference, bringing together some fifteen
Orthodox biblical and patristic scholars, and other invited professionals
from Europe and America, will concentrate on the interpretation of Holy
Scripture from various perspectives. A first of its kind in America, the
conference will have an academic character, providing opportunities for the
presentation of papers, extensive discussions, and the building up of
personal and professional bonds between Orthodox biblical and patristic
As a highlight of the conference, Holy Cross will also grant an honorary
doctorate of theology to Professor Savvas Agourides, Professor Emeritus of
the University of Athens, a preeminent New Testament scholar, theologian,
and thinker in the modern Greek world. The international biblical
conference is a tribute to Professor Agourides for his immense scholarly
contributions to Orthodox biblical studies and his uncompromising life and
The official festivities will take place at Holy Cross Chapel on October
30, 2003, attended by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, school officials,
representatives of regional theological schools, invited dignitaries,
scholars from other institutions, as well as faculty and students of
Hellenic College and Holy Cross.
A native of Athens, Greece, Professor Agourides graduated from the
University of Athens in 1943. During 1947-1950, with a grant from the
World Council of Churches, he studied at Union Theological Seminary of the
University of Columbia and at Duke University, receiving a PhD from the
latter (1950). His taught at the University of Thessalonike (1955-1968)
and at the University of Athens (1968-1985) from which he retired as
Professor Emeritus. A man of extraordinary intellect and energy, Professor
Agourides has shown prodigious productivity in scholarly works,
participation in ecumenical and academic bodies, and activities in
governmental and social institutions in Greece, where he is known as an
incisive critic of modern Greek thought and culture. Professor Agourides
was visiting professor at Holy Cross during 1962-63 and has been an ardent
supporter of Holy Cross over many decades at the level of both academic and
governmental circles in Greece.
Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross
said: "Holy Cross strives to be a center of bold and creative thinking for
both the advancement of Orthodox theology and the fulfillment of the
pastoral needs of the Church. We welcome this international conference
bringing together Orthodox biblical and patristic scholars to discuss
mutually supportive ways of the interpretation of the sacred Scriptures.
We are privileged in the context of this conference to honor Professor
Savvas Agourides, a preeminent theological thinker and a leading voice in
biblical studies for over fifty years."
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is a graduate school of
theology, whose primary purpose is the preparation of clergy and lay
leaders for service in the Orthodox Church in America and the world at
large. It is located at 50 Goddard Avenue in Brookline, Massachusetts.
For directions to the campus, or more information, visit its web site at
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