Declaration of Support

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Szeged International Biblical Conference and on the basis of its fertile ecumenical dialogue on the Bible, we announce that we confirm our presence at the Conference and willingly maintain it also for the future. We will assist the organizing with our advice and with our proposals concerning the Hungarian and foreign lecturers who should be invited to the Conference.

In the past 24 years, the Szeged International Biblical Conference has had 3873 visitors, 362 lectures have been given, we have received 140 foreign professors as lecturers, the lectures of whom have been published in 21 volumes, and it has also been the inspirer of the thought of translating the Jerome Bible Commentary into Hungarian with the leadership of Attila Thorday.

In the past 24 years, the Szeged International Biblical Conference has gained fame all over Europe: it is scored and appreciated by several foreign scholarly workshops.  As a result, the 69th International World Conference of SNTS, the greatest academic institute of New Testament researchers will be organized for the first time in Hungary, more precisely in Szeged, following the formal invitation of Bishop László Kiss-Rigó and by the Rector of the University of Szeged, Gábor Szabó.

We wish to express our respect to the former supporters of the conference: to Prelate Géza Valentiny posthumously, to former Diocesan Endre Gyulay, to the co-president of the Conference Archbishop György Jakubinyi, to the President-Rector of Pázmány Péter Catholic University Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi and to all our former supporters.

The undersigned express their satisfaction considering the fact that the Szeged International Biblical Conference has been a pioneer in opening its gates to the colleges of the Church over the borders of Hungary by inviting lecturers from who live as members of a minority there and thus providing them an opportunity to give a lecture and become known. And when representatives of the Jewish community and Muslim theologians were also invited, the Conference also contributed to a peaceful but at the same time unbiased interreligious dialogue.

We wish the blessing of the Almighty to the future life of the Szeged International Biblical Conference.


Szeged, 23 August, 2013


The signers:


01. Prof. Em. Dr. Joachim Gnilka München Universitäte, Germany

02. S. Em. R. Dr. György  JAKUBINYI Roman Catholic Archbishop of Alba Iulia, Rumania emeritus biblical lecturer of the Roman Catholic Theological Highschool of Alba Iulia, Romania

03. Prof. Dr. Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi O.Praem. PhD, PhD, Dr. Habil., DSc, President of the Institute of Canon Law "ad instar facultatis", Rector of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary

04. Dr. József Kovács PhD, Dean, Theological Faculty of  Gál Ferenc College, Szeged, Hungary

05. Dr. Thorday Attila, Vice Rector Gál Ferenc College, Szeged, Hungary

06. Prof. dr. Ioan Chirilă PhD, President of Senate Babes-Bolyai University, Professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Theology. Faculty of Orthodox Theology. Babeş-Bolyai University. Romania.

07. Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Niebhur, President EELC, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany.

08. Zsolt Markovics phd student, chief rabbi of the Szeged Jewish Community, graduate rabbinical Semminary of Budapest, Hungary

09. Prof. Dr. Jutta Hausmann Lutheran Leader of the Department of Old Testament Studies Theology University Budapest. Hungary

10. Dr. Elemér Sulyok OSB, Professor of Univesity Sapientia Budapest, Hungary

11. Dr. Prof. Emeritus Pál Herczeg  Karoli Gaspar Reformed University, Budapest. Hungary.

12. Prof. Dr. Habil. Imre Peres Reformed Theological University Debrecen. Hungary.

13.  Prof. Dr. Habil. Lujic Bozo PhD Professor und Ordinarius fur das Alte Testament Katholischen Theologischen Fakultat der Universität in Zagreb. Chroatia. Gastprofessor an der Theologischer Hochschule der Franziskaner in Sarajevo Bosnien und Herzegovina.

14. Lehel Révész Pastor Baptist Church in Szeged Hungary

15.  Dr. Prof. Habil. Zsolt Geréb, Professor für Neutestamentische Theologie,  Protestantisch-Theologisches Institut Cluj/Klausenburg. Romania.

16.  Prof. Dr. Korinna Zamfir PhD., Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology. Babeş-Bolyai University. Romania

17. Prof. em. Dr. Sándor Cserháti Department of New Testament Studies Lutheran Theology University Budapest . Hungary

18.  Dr. Mario Cifrák PhD, außerordentlicher Professor am Lehrstuhl für das Neue Testament, Katholisch-theologischen Fakultät, Universität Zagreb. Croatia.

19. Dr. Tibor Marjovszki PhD. Associate professor Head of Departement of Biblical Theology and History of Religions. Reformed Theological University Debrecen. Hungary.

20.  Prof. Dr. Habil. Gábor Barna DSc Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Szeged. MTA-SZTE Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungary

21. Dr. Gergely Juhász Associate Professor. Liverpool Hope University, Anglia

22. Dr. Josef Szécsi Professor of Philosophy of Religions, Jewish University, Budapest. Hungary,  General Secretary of Christian Jewish Society, Hungary

23.  Dr. Zoltán Oláh PhD, Associate Professor. Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca/Alba Iulia, Romania.

24.  Prof. Dr. Habil. Levente Balázs Martos, Chair of Biblical Studies, Theological College of Győr, Hungary

25.  Prof. Dr. Habil. Imre Kocsis PhD, Faculty of Theology, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary

26.  Dr. Szabolcs Czire PhD., Assistant Professor. Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj-Napoca, Unitarian Faculty, Romania

27.  Prof. Dr. Habil. Mihály Kránitz PhD, Faculty of Theology. University Catholic Péter Pázmány Budapest, Hungary

28. Dr. Rita Perintfalvi Associate professor Institut für Bibelwissenschaft. Universität Wien, Österreich

29. Dr. Márta Cserháti PhD, Department of New Testament Studies Lutheran Theology University Budapest. Hungary

30. Dr. Viktor Nyúl PhD, Associate Professor. Theological College in Pécs, Hungary

31.  Dr. Melinda Székely, PhD, Associate Professor. Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged, Hungary

32.  Dr. György Kovács PhD of Economics, Assistant Professor. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Division of Finance, University of Szeged, Hungary