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					                              “GODLY WISDOM, HUMAN EXPERIENCE –
                                          HOKMA, SOPHIA”
                               International Biblical Conference XXIII
                                    Date: 8th -10th September 2011
                                  Venue: H-6720 Szeged Dóm tér 6.
                                      Tel. / Fax: +36.62.425.738

                                 Patrons of the Conference:
Diocesan Bishop Dr. László Kiss-Rigó, Archbishop Dr. György Jakubinyi and Prof. Dr. György
Fodor, President of PPKE (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), Prof. Dr. Joachim Gnilka.

        The wisdom literature of the Old Testament and its appearance in the New Testament
constitutes the central topic of this year’s conference. Nowadays the concept of wisdom seems to
be used frequently solely for politicians solving extraordinary situations, for religious or secular
community leaders; can a simple man also become a sage?
        The Hebrew “hokma” and the Greek “sophia”, although related to each other, are not
identical concepts: both were considered to be God’s gift in the Biblical era, which anybody can
encounter as a present from God provided that they are in possession of the necessary mental
state. In the Old Testament, just before the texts of the prophets are born, a separate group of
books deal with the topic of wisdom (Wisdom, Job, Eccleasiastes/Qoheleth, Eccleasiasticus/Ben Sira), the
texts of which show many similarities to other wisdom collections of the Middle East. However,
we can find collections of wisdom texts in other Biblical prose and poetic books as well, the most
investigated of which are, without doubt, the psalms. We mention only some of these, psalms No.
9/10, 25, 34, 111, 112, 119 and 145 and those dealing with salvation history like, for instance, No. 78,
105 and 106.
        The texts found in the four caves of Qumran (4Q) are also considered to be rather
interesting collections.
        However, the New Testament also contains a lot of wisdom texts, summarized as follows:
Mt 5-7, 8:20; 10:26-31; 11:16-19; 11:25-27.28-30; 12:38-42; 23:34-36.37-39; Mk 2:7.9.21 and as follows;
4:2-32; 8:35-37; Lc 6:20-49; 7:31-35, 9:58, 10:21 and as follows; 11:29-32; 11:49-51; 12:2-7; 12:22-31;
13:34 and as follows; 14:34 and as follows; Jn 1:1-18; 3:8.16.20; 4:10.37.44; 6:35; 7:33 and as follows,
8:21; 12:25; 13:16; 15:5.20; Rom 8,3 and as follows; 10:6-8; 12:9-21; 1Cor 1:18-2:16; 8:6; 10:1-4; 2Cor
3:17 and as follows; Gal 4:4 and as follows; 5:25-6:10; Eph 1:7-10; 3:4-7.8-11; 4:8-10; 5:15-20; Phil 2:5-
11; 4:4-9; Col 1:15-20.26 and as follows; 2:2 and as follows; 4:2-6; 1Tess 4:1-12; 5:14-22; 2Tim 1:9-11;
Tit 1:2 and as follows; Heb 1:1-4; 13:1-19, James letter 1Pet 3:8-17; 4:7-11; 5:5b-9; 1Jn 4:9.

   The lectures at the Conference are to be held in Hungarian, English or German.

1. The topic introduced should be based on a Biblical text. Please make sure that your lecture
   contains the analysis of a specified text and short papers should in their arguments also refer to
   bibliography in all cases. The presentation of the spirituality of biblical personalities can be
   authentic only on the basis of the actual texts referring to them.
2. The time allocated for the lectures is 20 minutes, their written form should not exceed 10 to 12
   pages (17,000-20,000 characters with spaces) using 12pt fonts and 1.5pt spacing. We would be
   pleased if you were to send your lecture by e-mail ( but please also
   make sure that you send a printed copy of it, so that the possible problems arising from the
   electronic transmission of Hebrew and Greek fonts could be eliminated.
3. Close reference to the bibliography concerned is essential. Please give the author, the title, the
    editor and the year of publication and any other relevant data that you consider important. At
    the beginning of your study please also include the basic works of the most important scholars
    concerned with the topic; references should be given by the author in the form of footnotes
4. Deadline for first application with lectures title: 29th January, 2011.
5. The written form of the lectures not to be given in Hungarian is due by 15th April, 2011.
6. Applicants should give us their exact postal address, their telephone number and their e-
    mail address. Those giving a lecture for the first time please also send us their brief
    academic curriculum vitae (place of birth, year of birth, studies, degrees, workplaces, special
    fields they are expert in) in which they should mention a maximum of five of their most
    important works, giving references to the bibliographic data concerned.
7. The expected number of participants of the Conference is 120 persons (from Slovakia, the
    Czech Republic, Serbia, Rumania and the Ukraine) including the professors of the Hungarian
    theological higher education, professors from Hungarian colleges and universities, university
    students, pastors and priests.
8. All lecturers will be provided free accommodation and catering for the whole period of the
9. In case the number of lectures exceeds six, we are going to organize them in parallel sections
    and they will be followed by a short discussion.
10. Those guests who participate as audience can confirm their application by paying a HUF 5000
    registration fee, while lecturers confirm their application by sending their lectures.
11. For the audience from beyond the Hungarian borders as well as for university and college
    students, the conference is going to subsidize the expenditure of the accommodation and the
    meals depending on its financial capability but some of the expenditure on the accommodation
    should be paid by the audience. As audience we are expecting primarily the students of
    theological institutes, priests, pastor auxiliaries and catechists, who already have some pre-
    qualification in the field of theology. The deadline for their application is 1st June, 2011.
12. The registration fee in the case of the withdrawal of the application cannot be refunded. The
    reservation of their accommodation must be done by 1st August at the latest and two weeks
    before the conference the refund of the fee of accommodation is not possible.
13. Applications are confirmed only after the registration fee has been paid and it appears on our
14. Altogether six to twelve lectures and their related short papers are planned to be given at the
    conference given by the invited guest lecturers.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Best regards,

Szeged, 28th September, 2010
                                                                               Dr. György Benyik
                                                                        Chairman of the conference