curriculum vitae

curriculum vitae

Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Jack Khalil

Associate Professor of New Testament Exegesis

St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology

University of Balamand

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Education:

 

2003    Ph.D.,  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

1998    Bachelor of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon.

1991    Licentiate in Business Administration (Masters Equivalent), Université Saint Esprit, Kaslik - Lebanon

 

Academic Appointments/Employment:

 

2011-to date     Associate Professor, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand.

2007-2011         Associate Professor (part-time), St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University                                                                  of Balamand.

2004-2007         Assistant Professor, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand.

2000-2004          Lecturer, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand.

1996-1998           Instructor, Ecclesiastical Music, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University

                              of Balamand.                         

1992-1994          Insurance Agent, American Life Insurance Company, Beirut, Lebanon.

1991-1992          Headquarter Executive Employee, Banque Libano-Francaise, Beirut, Lebanon.

 

Visiting Professorships:

 

2017             The Institute of Theology of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

 

2016           Theological Faculty of the Church of Cyprus

 

02/2014         University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland 

                           Philosophical Faculty

                

2012-2014     National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

                           School of Theology

 

2009-2014     Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

                        Philosophy Department/Archeology Department

 

2009-2017     St. Plato Orthodox Seminary, Tallinn, Estonia

 

2009-2010     University La Sagesse, Beirut, Lebanon

 

2005-2010     Institute St. Paul Harissa, Lebanon.

 

2007-2008      The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, United Kingdom

 

2007-2008     Institut de Theologie Orthodoxe Saint Serge, Paris, France.

 

2005-2007     Aristotle University, Thessalonica, Greece

                        School of Theology

 

2003-2005      St. George Theological Seminary, Al-Hosn, Syria.

 

 

Personal Information

 

Date of Birth: May 3, 1969

Place of Birth: Saida, Lebanon

Parents: Gerges Khalil & Toufica Hayek

Citizenship: Republic of Lebanon

Ordained to the Diaconate – 09 - 01 – 2005

Ordained to the Priesthood – 17 - 04 - 2005

Elevated to the rank of Archimandrite – 29 - 06 - 2005

Appointed Protosingelos at the Archdiocese of Tyr and Sidon – 25-09-2007 to 17-02-2015

Appointed Abbot of the Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery 17-02-2015 to 28-11-2016

Education

1987                           Collège des Αpôtres                                        Jounieh, Lebanon

High School

Focus on Experimental Sciences

 

1987-1991                Université Saint-Esprit                                     Kaslik, Lebanon

Licentiate in Business Administration and Commercial Sciences

1994 Defense of the Thesis in Marketing

 

1994-1998                St. John of Damascus Inst. of Theology Balamand, Lebanon

Bachelor of Theology

 

1998-1999                Aristotle Univ. Theological School         Thessalonica, Greece

Postgraduate Study

Master’s level coursework in the discipline of Biblical Studies under Prof. Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Ph.D.

 

1999                           Aristotle Univ. Theological School         Thessalonica, Greece

Enrollment in Ph.D. Program

Area of Specialization: New Testament Studies

Faculty Advisor: Prof. Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Ph.D.

 

1999-2002                Eberhard-Karls-Universität                       Tübingen, Germany

Visiting Fellow

Coursework and doctoral research under Professor Dr. Otfried Hofius

 

Dec 2003                   Aristotle Univ. Theological School         Thessalonica, Greece

Defense of  Ph.D. dissertation

Title: “Justification, Reconciliation and Last Judgment in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans”

Evaluation: Unanimous approval with Highest Distinction

 

Professional experience

1991-1992                         Banque Libano-française                                Beirut, Lebanon

Headquarter Executive Employee

1992-1994               American Life Insurance Co.                           Beirut, Lebanon

Insurance Agent

1995-1998                Notre Dame of Balamand High School Balamand, Lebanon

High School Teacher in Religious Education

1996-1998                Middle East Council of Churches Beirut, Lebanon

Representative of the Orthodox Church

Youth Program

1996-1998                St. John of Damascus Inst. of Theology Balamand, Lebanon

Instructor of Ecclesiastical Music

2000-2004                St. John of Damascus Inst. of Theology Balamand, Lebanon

Visiting Lecturer in Biblical Exegesis

Pauline Corpus Exegesis (2000-2004)

Introduction to the New Testament (2000-2004)

The Religious, Social and Political World of the New Testament Period (2003-2004)

Introduction to the Old Testament (2003-2004)

 

2004-2007            St. John of Damascus Inst. of Theology Balamand, Lebanon

Assistant Professor

Pauline Corpus Exegesis (2004-2007)

Introduction to the New Testament (2004-2007)

The Religious, Social and Political World of the New Testament Period (2004-2007)

Introduction to the Old Testament (2004-2006)

Gospel of John Exegesis (2004-2007)

Old Testament Exegesis – Prophets (2005-2006)

Pastoral Theology (M.A. Program) (2005-2006).

New Testament Greek II (2005-2007)

Administrative Positions

Undergraduate Coordinator (2005-2006)

Chairman of Research and Publications Committee (2006-2007)

 

2007-2011            St. John of Damascus Inst. of Theology Balamand, Lebanon

Part-time Professor

Pauline Corpus Exegesis (2007-2008; 2010-2011)

Introduction to the New Testament (2007-2008)

The Problem of Holding some letters in the Pauline Corpus as Genuine or Pseudonymous (M.A. Program) (2008-2009)

Gospel of John Exegesis (2010-2011)

Antiochian Hermeneutics and Theology (M.A. Program) (2010-2011)

 

2011-2014            St. John of Damascus Inst. of Theology Balamand, Lebanon

Full-time Associate Professor

Pauline Corpus Exegesis

Introduction to the New Testament

Johannine Literature Exegesis

Old Testament Prophets (2014-)

The Problem of Holding some letters in the Pauline Corpus as Genuine or Pseudonymous (M.Th. Program) (2011-2012)

The Death and Resurrection “for us” of Christ in the New Testament (M.Th. Program) (2013-)

Antiochian Hermeneutics and Theology (M.Th. Program) (2011-2012)

Evaluation of the New Perspective on Paul (Ph.D. Program) (2016-)

Coordinator of Al-Kalima online learning program (2011-2013)

Coordinator of M.Th. Program (2013-)

 

St. George Theological Seminary, Al-Hosn, Syria

Visiting Professor

Introduction to the New Testament (2003-2004)

Introduction to the Old Testament (2004-2005)

 

Aristotle Univ. Theological School   Thessalonica, Greece

Visiting Professor

Theological premises of St. Paul's Teaching about the freedom from the Mosaic Law (2005-2006)

Soteriology of St. Paul (2005-2006)

The Resurrection in the Narrative Structure of the Gospel According to Mark (2007)

The Social Activity of the OT Prophets in the 8th c. B.C. (2007)

 

Institute St. Paul Harissa, Lebanon

Visiting Professor

Old Testament Exegesis – Prophets (2005-2009)

Introduction to Biblical Exegesis (2006-2007)

Johannine Corpus (2006-2007)

Synoptic Gospels and Acts (2009-2010)

 

Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge, Paris

Visiting Professor

La terminale de l’évangile selon Saint-Marc (2007-2008)

La Résurrection dans la structure Narrative de l’évangile selon Saint-Marc (2007-2008)

La loi de Moise et la loi du Christ selon l’enseignement de Saint Paul (2008)

 

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge – United Kingdom.

Visiting Professor

  Annual Summer School of the Institute, together with the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge-United Kingdom: 'The Orthodox Approach to the Bible' (2007)

-          The Bible and Tradition, Conflict or Consensus? – A Case-Study from Romans 5.1-11

-          The Resurrection in the Gospel according to Mark: the End of the Gospel of God

Study Week: Church I (2008)

 

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge – United Kingdom.


Half-time lectureship
  (2008-2009)

N.B.: Position won from an independent assessment committee, but could not accept it for personal circumstances.

 

Université La Sagesse – Beyrouth

Visiting Professor

Marriage and Celibacy in the Bible (Masters Program 2009-2010)

 

St Plato Orthodox Seminary, Tallinn – Estonia

Visiting Professor

Introduction to St Paul’s Epistles (2009 & 2011)

Exegesis of St Paul (2009 & 2011 & 2013)

Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels (2010)

Introduction to the Gospel according to St John (2010-2012)

 

Lebanese University - 1st Branch, Beirut – Lebanon

Department of Philosophy / Department of Archeology

Visiting Professor

Religious Philosophy / Christian Thought (since 2009)

Philosophy in the Middle Ages (since 2010)

Ancient Greek Language (since 2010)

 

National and Kapodestrian University of Athens – School of Theology

Visiting Professor

The Mosaic Law in St Paul’s Theology and the Canons of the Church (2012)

 

University of Eastern Finland – Philosophical Faculty

Visiting Professor

The Teaching of St Paul about Justification by Faith (2014)

 

The Institute of Theology of the Estonian Evagelical Church –Tallinn

Visiting Professor

Exegesis of St Paul’s Epistles (2017-)

 

The Theological Faculty of the Church of Cyprus

Visiting Professor

Introduction to the New Testament (2016)

  

 

 

Administrative Appointments:

 

2005-                Member of the St John of Damascus Theological Institute’s Council

2013-2016     Coordinator of the Master of Theology Program

2010-2013     Coordinator of KALIMA E-Learning Program

2006-2007    Chairman of Research and Publications Committee

2011-to date  Member of the Committee for the Ph.D. Program

2005-2006     Bachelor of Theology Undergraduate Coordinator

 

Publications:

Books:

Δικαίωση – Καταλλαγή – Τελική Κρίση στην προς Ρωμαίους Επιστολή. Συμβολή στην Παύλεια Σωτηριολογία, Βιβλική Βιβλιοθήκη 30, έκδ. Π. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2004 [Justification –  Reconciliation – Final Judgement in Romans: A Contribution to Pauline Soteriology. Bibliotheca Biblica  Series #30. P.Pournaras publ., Thessalonica, 2004]*.

This monograph was adopted as a Textbook for the following courses:

  1. "Grace and Freedom" (2005-2006 and 2007-2008) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Theology (Prof. Demetrios Tselengidis)
  2. “Theological Themes from the Epistles to the Galatians and to the Romans” (2010-2011) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Theology (Prof. Charalambos Atmatzidis)

Articles in Books and International Journals:

“'The Great Joy' – Theological and Exegetical approach of Lk 2:10-11”, (in Arabic), in: Voice of the Church, Amman, Jordan, 2004.

“Prophecy in the OT and in Mesopotamia”, in: Biblia, Université st. Ésprit, Kaslik, Lebanon, 2004.

“‘Faith in Hope against Hope’” – Exegetical approach of Rom 4:17-25”, (in Arabic), in: Annals 6, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2004.

“The Historicity of Jesus’ Baptism by John the Baptist”, (in Arabic), in: The Historical Jesus, Biblical Studies 29, ed. by A. Chahwan,  Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2005.

“Οι αναφορές στον Αβραάμ της προς Ρωμαίους επιστολής του Απ. Παύλου”, εν: Αγία Γραφή και σύγχρονος άνθρωπος. Τιμιτικός Τόμος στον Καθηγητή Ιωάννη Δ. Καραβιδόπουλο, έκδ. Π. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2006 [Abraham in the epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, in: Holy Scripture and the contemporary Man. Festschrift for Johannes Karavidopoulos, P.Pournaras publ. Thessalonica, 2006].

“Why Christians are Free from the Mosaic Law According to St. Paul”, (in Arabic), in: Freedom in the Bible, Biblical Studies 31, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2006.

“A New Proposal to Translate and Interpret Rom 9:7a”, (in Arabic), in: Annals 7, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2006.

“Η περί δικαιώσεως διδασκαλία του Αποστόλου Παύλου κατά τον ιερό Χρυσόστομο”, εν: Από τον Απόστολο Παύλο στον ιερό Χρυσόστομο. Πρακτικά Διεθνούς Επιστημονικού Συνεδρίου «ΙΓ Παυλείων», Ι. Μ. Βεροίας, Ναούσης και Καμπανίας, Βέροια, 2007. [“St Paul’s Teaching about Justification according to St. John Chrysostom”, (in Greek), in: From St. Paul to St. John Chrysostom. International Congress “XIII Pavlia” Proceedings, Metropolis of Veria, Naousa and Kampania, Veria – Greece, 2007].

 

“Textual Criticism and Interpretation of the Liturgical Answer ‘Mercy of peace, sacrifice of praise’”, (in Arabic), in: The Bible and Liturgy, Biblical Studies 39, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2007.

 

“The Resurrection in The Gospel according to St. Mark. The End of the Gospel of God”, (in Arabic), in: The Gospel according to Mark, Biblical Studies 35, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2008.

“Des problèmes de traduction depuis une étude du passage Romain 4,17-25”, (in Bulgarian), http://www.dveri.bg/content/view/9071/50/

“Translating Rom 9,7a: For an Accurate Understanding of a Difficult Verse”, in: Udo Schnelle (ed.), The Letter to the Romans, BETL 226, Peeters, Leuven, 2009, 691-697.

“Η έννοια της «καινής κτίσεως» στο στίχο Β΄ Κορ 5:17”, εν: Απόστολος Παύλος και Κόρινθος. Πρακτικά Διεθνούς Επιστημονικού Συνεδρίου (Κόρινθος, 23-25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2007), τόμος δεύτερος, εκδ. Ψυχογιός, Αθήνα, 2009, 75-88. [“The meaning of the “New Creature” in the 2Co 5:17”, in: St. Paul and Corinth. International Scholarly Conference Proceedings (Corinth, 23-25 September 2007), Volume II, Psichogios Publications, Athens, 2009, 75-88].

“Christ’s Salvific work and the realization of the New Creature according to 2Co 5:14-17”, (in Arabic), in: St. Paul. The Apostle of the Gentiles, ed. by Fr. George Khawam, St. Paul’s Library Editions, Jounieh – Lebanon, 2009, 33-43.

“The Column and the Cross in the Life of St. Symeon the Stylite”, (in Arabic), in: The Stylites 1: Conference on St. Symeon the Stylite – September 26, 2009, The Monastery of the Annunciation, Aleppo – Syria, 2009.

“The Universality of the Judgment According to St. Paul in Rom 2”, (in Arabic), in: St. Paul. Apostle of the Gentiles, La Sagesse University Publications, Beirut – Lebanon, 2010, 457-485.

“’emeth of the LORD in the Psalms”, (in Arabic), in: The Book of Psalms, Biblical Studies 43, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2010.

“I’ interprétation du « sacerdoce royal » (1P 2 :9)”, (in Arabic), in: Le sacrement du Sacerdoce, La Sagesse University Publications, Beirut – Lebanon, 2011.

 “The Bishop in the Pastoral Letters: Insights for the contemporary Episcopacy”, in: In the Footsteps of Saint Paul : An Academic Symposium : papers presented at the Pauline Symposium, October 11-16, 2008 under the auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, ed. by Archbishop Demetrios of America –  Rev. John Chryssavgis, Istanbul & Brookline, 2011.

“The Understanding of the Church by St Paul : One Community or United Communities?”, in : Saint Paul The Chosen Instrument, Biblical Studies 44, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2011.

“A Textual-Critical Study and Interpretation of the Liturgical Response ‘ἔλεον εἰρήνης, θυσίαν αἰνέσεως’”, in: Holy Scripture and the Ancient Word : Festschrift for Professor Ioannis Galanis, P.Pournaras publ. Thessalonica, 2011.

 

“Submission to the Partner in Marriage”, (in Arabic), in: Al-Nashra, Patriarchate of Antioch, Number 6 – 2011.

 

“Miks Kristlane on Apostel Pauluse Õpetuse Järgi Moosese Seaduse Alt Vaba”, [“Why Christians are Free from the Mosaic Law According to St. Paul”, (in Estonian),] in: Uskjaelu 9, EAOK, Tallinn – Estonia, 2011.

 

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“Peace, Mercy and Justice. Reconciling the World and Judging the World by God”, in: Just Peace. Orthodox Perspectives, ed. By Semegnish Asfaw & Alexios Chehadeh & Marian Gh. Simion, WCC Publications, Geneva, 2012.

 

“A Study of St John of Damascus’ Biblical and Linguistic Approach in his Three Apologies on the Divine Icons”, in: Annals 9, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2012.

“Preaching the Gospel not where Christ has already been named (Rom 15: 20)”, (in Arabic), Al-Nashra, Patriarchate of Antioch, Number 5&6 – 2012.

“The Essential Bread in The ‘Our Father’”, (in Arabic), in: Annals 10, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2014.

"The Incarnation of the Teacher of Faith and Love", God's Love and Neighbor's Love, Biblical Studies 55, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2014.

 

"St Paul's Case Against Proselytism", in: Making Mission From The Model of Christ. Internal and External Mission of the Church, ed. by Aurel Pavel et al., Astra Museum, Sibiu, Romania, 2013.

 

“The Bishop in the Pastoral Letters: Insights for the contemporary Episcopacy”, (a revised version in Arabic), in: Annals 11, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 2016.

 

“The Church in The Book of Exodus and the Following Books”, (in Arabic), in: The Book of Exodus, Biblical Studies 55, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon, 2017.

 

“An Interpretation of Romans 3:21-26 Within its Proper Context”, in: Participation, Justification and Conversion: Eastern Orthodox Interpretation of Paul and the Debate between Old and New Perspectives on Paul, ed. by Athanasios Despotis, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 442, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2017.

 

 

 

Under Print:

 

“Ecclesiology of St Paul: One Church or United Churches?”, in: Ecclesiology - Baptism - Eucharist. A Selection of Papers Presented in a World Council of Churches Pilot Project for Orthodox Theological Schools, ed. by Daniel Buda, Virgo eBooks Publishing, Vergennes, USA, 2014.

 

 

“‘Thorn in the Flesh’. Interpretation of 2 Cor. 12: 6-7”, (in Arabic), in: St Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, Biblical Studies, ed. by A. Chahwan, Biblical Federation, Lebanon.

 

 

 

“‘Angel of Satan’ in 2 For 12:7”, (in Greek), in: Angels and Spirits, Publications of the Hellenic Society of Biblical Studies.

 

 

 

“The Sacramentalism in the Johannine’s Narration of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish” (in Arabic), in: La spiritualité du désert, USEK, Liban.

 

 

“The Interpretation and Translation of the Expression ‘Κλητή και Αγία Ημέρα’ of the 8th Ode’s Eirmos of the Canon of Pascha” (in Greek), in: Holy Scripture and Orthodox Worship, Publications of the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University - Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

 

“L’herméneutique biblique dans la théologie et la vie de l’Église orthodoxe”, in: Lire la bible, écouter la Parole. Enjeux et expériences œcuméniques, Institut catholique de Paris.

 

 

“The Roots of St Ephrem’s Anti-Jewish Thematics. A Response Paper to Dominique Cerbelaud’s ‘L'Antijudaïsme dans la pensée D’Ephrem Le Syrien’ ”, Proceedings of The IVth International Patristic Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies: St Ephrem the Syrian and His Spiritual Heritage, ed. by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Patristic Studies and Translations, Moscow, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conferences and Seminars:

 

 

Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) Youth Program in Group Leadership, Fayed, Egypt – August 1993.

 

MECC Seminar on Planning for Economic Rehabilitation of Low-Income Families, Ayia Napa, Cyprus – August 1-10, 1995.

 

5th “Pavlia” International Congress: St. Paul and the Environment, Veria, Greece – June 25-28, 1999.

 

Institut für Ökumenische Forschung des Lutherischen Weltbundes: The Binding Teaching of Various Churches (Verbindliche Lehre in den verschiedenen Kirchen), Strassbourg, France – July 5-12, 2000.

 

Tagung für die orthodoxen Stipendiaten der EKD: Ökumene und zwischenkirchliche Dialoge, Geneva, Switzerland – February 25-March 02, 2001.

 

Orthodox Theology and Ecumenical Dialogue: Problems and Perspectives, Thessalonica, Greece – June 1-3, 2003.

 

9th “Pavlia” International Congress: Women according to St. Paul, Veria, Greece – July 25-28, 2003.

 

The Eleventh Congress of the Hellenic Society of Biblical Studies: The Spiritual Legacy of the Apostle Paul; The Pastoral Epistles, Lefkada, Greece – September 25-28, 2003.

 

Biblicum:  Lecture given: “Abraham in the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans”, Thessalonica, Greece – December 8, 2003.

 

1st Symposium of the Theological Schools of Athens and Thessalonica: Theological Studies in Greece, Thessalonica, Greece – June 1-2, 2004 (Representative of His Grace Al-Husn Youhanna Yazigi, Dean of the Theological School of Balamand).

 

International Symposium “The Holy Scripture in the Orthodox Tradition”, Volos, Greece – October 14-17, 2004.

 

9th Congress of the Biblical Federation in the Middle East: The Historical Jesus, Jal El-Dib, Lebanon – January 23-28, 2005.

Lecture given: The Historicity of Jesus’ Baptism by John the Baptist.

 

The Bible in the Life of the Church: Fortieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution "Dei Verbum". International Bible Congress in Rome organized jointly by the Catholic Biblical Federation and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Rome, Italy – September 14-18, 2005. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch).

 

Preparatory Meeting of Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches on Relationships with the United Bible Societies, Volos, Greece – September 19-22, 2005. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch).

 

Colloque scientifique international: L’Institut Saint-Serge hier et aujourd’hui, Paris – 5-8 octobre, 2005.

Lecture given: Étude sur la doctrine de la justification par la foi selon saint Paul d’un point de vue orthodoxe.

 

Celebrations of St. John of Damascus Feast, Balamand, Lebanon – December 5-9, 2005.

Lecture given: The Biblical Background of St. John of Damascus Teaching on Icons.

 

5th Biblical Days of the Biblical Federation in Lebanon: Freedom in the Bible, Antelias, Lebanon – February 20-23, 2006.

Lecture given: Why Christians are free from the Mosaic Law according to St. Paul.

 

University of Balamand Research Seminars. Balamand, Lebanon – May 18, 2006.

Lecture given: Should Romans 5:1-11 be read as a Statement or as an Exhortation? A new Assessment of the external and internal Evidence.

 

Revision of the van Dyck-Boustani Translation Consultative Meeting, Beirut, Lebanon – July 12-13, 2006. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch).

 

XIV Convegno Ecumenico Internazionale: Nicola Cabasilas e la divina liturgia, Bose, Italy – September 14-16, 2006. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch, and of the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology).

 

XIV Convegno Ecumenico Internazionale: Le missioni della Chiesa orthodossa russa, Bose, Italy – Septembre 18-20, 2006. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch, and of the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology).

 

10th Congress of the Biblical Federation in the Middle East: The Gospel according to Mark, Jal El-Dib, Lebanon – January 21-26, 2007.

Lecture given: The Resurrection in Mark: The end of the Gospel of God.

 

Meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Representatives of Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches on Relationships with the United Bible Societies, Monastery of Penteli - Athens, Greece – December 08, 2006. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch).

 

Meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Representatives of Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches with Representatives of United Bible Societies, Monastery of Penteli - Athens, Greece – December 09, 2006. (Representative of His Beatitude Ignatios IV Patriarch of Antioch).

 

Meeting of the Academic Organizing Committee of Biblical Conferences, Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge, Paris, France – February 07-14, 2007.

 

Meeting of the Revision Committee of  the van-Dyck – Boustani Bible Arabic Translation, The Bible Society in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt – February 16-18, 2007.

 

Meeting of the Revision Committee of  the van-Dyck – Boustani Bible Arabic Translation, The Bible Society in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt – June 5-7, 2007.

Byzantium in Early Islamic Syria. Umayyad Period (640-750) And Byzantine Reconquest Period (969-1084). International conference organized jointly by the University of Balamand, the American University of Beirut and l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut, Lebanon – June 18-19, 2007.

Lecture given: ‘A Study of St John of Damascus’ Biblical and Linguistic Approach in his Three Apologies on the Divine Icons’.

 

13th “Pavlia” International Congress: From Apostle Paul to St. John Chrysostom. Veria, Greece – July 26-28, 2007.

Lecture given: St. Paul’s Teaching about Justification according to St. John Chrysostom.

 

2nd Orthodox Youth Conference: Members of the Church - Citizens of the World. Istanbul, Turkey – July 11-16, 2007.

Lecture given: Τhe Coexistence of the Youth With Other Religions.

 

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense: The Letter to the Romans, Leuven, Belgium – July 25-27, 2007 (President Udo Schnelle).

Lecture given: A New Proposal to Translate and Interpret Rom 9:7a.

 

1st International Conference: “Saint Paul The Apostle & Corinth”. 1950 Years Since The Writing of The Epistles to The Corinthians. Corinth, Greece – September 23-25, 2007.

Lecture given: “The meaning of ‘Καινή κτίσις’ in 2Co 5:17.

 

Conference about Jesus Christ in the Gospel and Koran, Imam Khomeini’s Cultural Center, Nabatieh, Lebanon – December 15, 2007,

Lecture given: The Teaching of Jesus Christ and His Moral Commandments in the Gospel.

 

Colloque biblique international: Les Orthodoxes et les traductions de la Bible, Institut Saint-Serge – Paris, 7-9 février, 2008.

Lecture given: Des problèmes de traduction depuis une étude du passage Romain 4,17-25.

 

6th Biblical Days of the Biblical Federation in Lebanon: The Bible and Liturgy, Beirut, Lebanon – March  3-13, 2008.

Lecture given: Textual Criticism and Interpretation of the Liturgical Response “Ἔλεον εἰρήνης, θυσίαν αἰνέσεως”.

 

Conférence publique à l’institut Saint-Serge : Pour quelle raison le chrétien est libre de la loi de Moise selon le Saint Apôtre Paul, le 17 Mars 2008.

 

2nd Annual Conference of the Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland - Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Western and Central Europe: “Building the Parish”, Whirlow Grange – Sheffield, UK – May 26-28, 2008.

The Guest of Honor

Lectures given:

  1. Our Life in Christ – an overview
  2. Teaching the Faith
  3. The Priesthood of the Baptized

 

Colloque théologique à l’occasion des 2000 ans après la naissance de St. Paul : Harissa – Liban, June 14, 2008.

Presentation read : The Christ-Event and the Achievement of the “New Creation”  according to 2Cor 5: 14-17 (in Arabic).

 

14th “Pavlia” International Congress: Xenophobia and Brotherly Love according to St. Paul. Veria, Greece – July 26-28, 2008.

 

Pauline Symposium organized at the invitation of His All Holiness The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and offered as a framework for the Extraordinary Synaxis of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches: Ecumenical Patriarchate – Constantinople/Istanbul, October 11-17, 2008. Presentation read: The Bishop in the Pastoral Letters (I & II Timothy and Titus): Insights for the Contemporary Episcopacy.

 

11th Congress of the Biblical Federation in the Middle East: The Book of Psalms, Jal El-Dib, Lebanon – January 25-31, 2009.

Lecture given: ‘Emeth Yahwe (The Truth of God) in Psalms.

 

Colloque théologique à l’université La Sagesse : St. Paul Apôtre des Nations, Beyrouth, Liban – Février 10-14, 2009.

Lecture given: Universalité du châtiment selon St. Paul.

 

7th Biblical Days of the Biblical Federation in Lebanon: St. Paul : His Life and His Epistles, Beirut, Lebanon – March  24- April 13, 2009.

Lecture given: The Church in St. Paul’s Epistles.

 

15th “Pavlia” International Congress: The Family according to St. Paul. Veria, Greece – June 26-29, 2009.

Member in the official delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch.

 

1st International Conference “The Stylites”: St. Symeon. Aleppo, Syria – September 26, 2009.

Lecture given: The Column and the Cross in the life of St. Symeon.

 

Colloque théologique à l’université La Sagesse : Le sacrement du Sacerdoce, Beyrouth, Liban – Février 16-20, 2010.

Lecture given: I’ interprétation du « sacerdoce royal » (1P 2 :9) selon les pères de l’Église.

 

Third International Conference of The Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist: Mothers and Fathers in God: Spiritual Guidance in the Orthodox Church. The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, England – July 30-August 1, 2010.

Lecture given: “St. Paul’s Pattern of Spiritual Guidance, and its influence on the teaching of His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius and other recent Syrian and Lebanese spiritual guides”.

 

Twelfth International Scientific Conference of the Greek Society of Biblical Studies: The Theologian and Evangelist John: Introductory, Linguistic, Hermeneutical, and Theological Themes of the Gospel according to him. Holy Diocese of Serres and Nigritis, Serres, Greece – September 17-19, 2010.

Lecture given: “The meaning of “truth” in the Gospel according to John”.

 

Orthodox Contribution to a Theology of Just Peace - Developing the Principles of a Just Peace. Sponsored by: The Institute for Theology and Peace – Hamburg / World Council of Churches – Geneva / Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity – Boston, Saydnaya, Syria – October 17-22, 2010.

Lecture given: “Peace, Mercy and Justice: Reconciling the World and Judging the World by God”.

 

The Catholic Biblical Federation’s International Congress on the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini “Sacred Scripture in the Life and Mission of the Church”. Pontifical University Urbaniana, Rome, Italy – December 1-4, 2010.

Lecture given: “Orthodox Hermeneutics”.

 

Orthodox Response to the WCC Faith and Order’s Document “The Nature and Mission of the Church”, Sponsored by the Church of Cyprus, Ayia Napa, Cyprus – March 2-9, 2011.

Lecture given: Response to The Biblical Insights in the Document.

 

International Symposium “Exegesis and Theology in the Antiochian Schools of Antioch, Edessa and Nisibis”, St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon – February 22-24, 2012.

Lecture given: “St Paul’s Doctrine of the Justification by Faith in the Commentaries of St John Chrysostom”.

 

8th Biblical Days of the Biblical Federation in Lebanon: Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, Beirut, Lebanon – April-May 2012.

Lecture given: “The Incarnation of the Teacher of Faith and Love”.

 

Inter-Orthodox consultation on the preparation for the 10th World Council of Churches’ General Assembly, Kos Island, Greece, October 11-18, 2012.

Lecture given: “God of Life lead us to justice and peace” from the perspective of “Justice, Peace and Reconciliation.”

 

International Conference of the Andrei Saguna Faculty of Orthodox Theology - ULBS on “Mission”, Sibiu, Romania, June 19-22,2013.

Lecture given: “St Paul’s Case Against Proselytism”.

 

6th Meeting Of The Inter-Orthodox Network Of Initiatives To Study The Religions And Destructive Worships, Nevrokopi, Bulgaria, September 19-22, 2013.

Representative of the Patriarchate of Antioch

Lecture given: “Heresies And Sects Active In The Jurisdiction Of The Patriarchate Of Antioch And The Way How To Deal With Them” (in Greek).

 

World Council of Churches 10th Assembly, Busan, South Korea, October 30 – November 8, 2013.

Head of the Delegation of The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch And All The East.

 

“Lire la Bible, écouter la Parole. Enjeux et expériences œcuméniques » Colloque des facultés (Theologicum, Institut protestant de théologie-faculté de Paris, Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge) à l’Institut Catholique de Paris, Paris, France, April 1-3, 2014.

Lecture given : “L’herméneutique biblique dans la théologie et la vie de l’Église orthodoxe”.

 

7th Meeting Of The Inter-Orthodox Network Of Initiatives To Study The Religions And Destructive Worships, St Petersburg, Russia, September 18-22, 2014.

Representative of the Patriarchate of Antioch

 

Conference of the Hellenic Society of Biblical Studies “Angels and Spirits”, Serres, Greece, September 7-9, 2014.

Lecture given: “Angel of Satan. 2 Cor 12:7” (in Greek).

 

 

14th Congress of the Biblical Federation in the Middle East: The Book of Exodus,

NDU - Louaize, Lebanon – February 1-5, 2015.

Lecture given: “The Ecclesia in the Book of Exodus”.

 

 

8th Meeting Of The Inter-Orthodox Network Of Initiatives To Study The Religions And Destructive Worships, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17-20, 2015.

Representative of the Patriarchate of Antioch

Lecture given: “The Problem of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle-East” (in Greek).

 

International Conference “Angels and Mankind. Nature, Role and Function of Celestial Beings in Near-Eastern and Islamic Traditions”, organized by the Orient-Institute Beirut (OIB),

Beirut/ Balamand, Lebanon, July 2-4, 2015.

Lecture given: “‘Angel of Satan’ in 2Cor 12:7”

 

Colloque “La spiritualité du désertorganisé par la  Faculté pontificale de théologie de l’USEK,

USEK, Liban, 15-16 octobre 2015.

Lecture given: “The Sacramentalism in the Johannine’s Narration of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish” (in Arabic)

 

International Conference “Holy Scripture and Orthodox Worship” organized by the faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University - Thessaloniki, Greece.

Thessaloniki, Greece, February 18-19, 2015.

Lecture Given: “The Interpretation and Translation of the Expression ‘Κλητή και Αγία Ημέρα’ of the 8th Ode’s Eirmos of the Canon of Pascha” (in Greek).

 

 

15th Congress of the Biblical Federation in the Middle East: The Letters to the Corinthians,

NDU - Louaize & UOB, Lebanon – January 29 - February 2, 2017.

Lecture given: “Thorn in the Flesh (2Cor 12:7)” (in Arabic)

 

The IVth International Patristic Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies: St Ephrem the Syrian and His Spiritual Heritage, Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies - Moscow April 27-29, 2017.

Lecture given: The Roots of St Ephrem’s Anti-Jewish Thematics. A Response Paper to Dominique Cerbelaud’s “L'Antijudaïsme dans la pensée D’Ephrem Le Syrien”.

 

The Third Annuel Priestly Seminar of The Holy Archdiocese of Neas Krinis and Kalamarias: The Importance of Studying The Holy Scriptures in the Service of the Priest II – The New Testament, Nea Michaniona – Greece, October 9, 2017.

Lecture given: ‘The Person and the Service of the Bishop in St Paul’s Pastoral Letters’ (in Greek)

 

 

 

 

Multimedia:

 

 

Interview with the German Newspaper “Südwest Deutsch” published on September 28, 2006, Die Universität von Balamand und ihre Wirkung für die Toleranz im Libanon.

 

SYNAXIS of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches & Pauline Symposium. October 9-17, 2008. 6DVDs, published by Greek Orthodox Telecommunications, New York, 2008. Presentation read in the Symposium (DVD 5) : The Bishop in the Pastoral Letters (I & II Timothy and Titus): Insights for the Contemporary Episcopacy

 

“The Word is Yours” (in Arabic), broadcasted on MTV & OTV during the Great Lent 2011,

 

TV program on Mega Channel – Cyprus & Rik Satellite, “The Cross in the life of the Christian”. Moderated by Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantias, March 27, 2011 (11:00 on Mega Channel – 15:00 on Rik Satellite).

 

"Everything Has Become New" (in Arabic), 22 interviews on the Pauline Theology that were broadcasted from July – December, 2011 on Télélumière and Noursat.

 

"For our sake" (in Arabic), 10 interviews on the Passion of Christ, that were broadcasted during the Holy Week 2012 on Télélumière and Noursat.

 

"He is The LORD" (in Arabic), 13 interviews on the Divinity of Christ prepared for the spring season on Télélumière and Noursat.

“The Holy Theotokos”, 1 interview of 90 min on the Virgin Mary broadcasted on Télélumière in August 2017.

 

“Toward Christian Union”, interview with 4 theologians of various denominations, Télélumière February 2017.

 

“Who can be called Martyr”, published in Annahar Newspaper on March 6, 2017

 

“He died and resurrected for us” (in Arabic), 7 interviews that will be broadcasted during the Holy Week 2017.

 

Continuous guest on the TV Program “Annour Maana” on Télélumière and Noursat.

 

Several interviews on MTV on various theological issues

 

Several interviews on Melody FM about various theological issues.

 

 

Awards:

 

Valedictory Accolade and Award of Patriarch Ignatius IV, founder of the University of Balamand, given to the graduating student with the highest cumulative average for the 1997-1998 academic year.

 

Medal of St. Paul from His Eminence the Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria, Naoussa and Kampania during the 13th “Pavlia” International Congress: From Apostle Paul to St. John Chrysostom. Veria, Greece – July 26-28, 2007.

 

Medal of St. Vladimir from His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and all Ukraine during the celebrations of 1020 years after the Baptism of St. Vladimir and the Russian Nation.

 

 

 

Professional Memberships:

 

  • Biblical Federation in Lebanon (since 2004)
  • Biblicum of the University of Thessalonica (since 1998)
  • Hellenic Society of Biblical Studies (since 2003)
  • Senate of the University of Balamand (2005-2007; 2011-2013)
  • Council of the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology – Univ. of Balamand (2005-2007; 2011- )
  • Editorial Committee of “Annals” – St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology (2004-2006). And 2006 Chairman of the Research and Publications Committee of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology (2006-2009; 2010-2013).
  • Editorial Committee of “Biblia” – Biblical Federation in Lebanon (since 2005)
  • Antiochian Representative in the Committee of the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches for the Collaboration with United Bible Societies (2005-2017)
  • Secretary of the Permanent Committee of the Representatives of Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches for the Collaboration with United Bible Societies (2005-2017)
  • Revision Committee of the van-Dyck – Boustani Bible Arabic Translation (2006-2011)
  • Organizing Committee of Biblical Conferences, Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge, Paris, France (since 2007-2008)
  • WCC (World Council of Churches) Orthodox representative in the Continuation Committee on “Ecumenism in the 21st Century” (2007-2012)
  • Member of the St John of Damascus Committee for translating the Liturgical Books (2011-to date)
  • Member of the St John of Damascus Committee for the Ph.D. Program (2011-to date)
  • World Council of Churches’ Central Committee member (2013- to date)
  • Member of the Commission “Faith and Order” of the WCC (2014- to date). Convener of the Study Group 2 on studying the Theological Document “The Church: Toward a Common Vision”.

 

 

 

Languages:

 

Arabic   (mother tongue)

French   (language of primary encyclical and university studies)

English  (language of university studies)

German  (Mittelstufe ΙΙ and language of 3 years graduate coursework)

Greek    (Certificates for all levels of Demotic Greek from the Center of Modern Greek Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, with Highest Distinction + Language of university studies)

Ancient Greek

Ancient Hebrew

Syriac (Basics)

Latin     (Basics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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