SZIBC 2016

Religious and cultural conflicts in the Bible and in the Early Church


Date: 29th – 31st August, 2016
Venue: Szeged Cathedral Visitor Centre,
H-6720 Szeged, 15th Dóm square

Patrons of the Conference:

  • Dr. György Jakubinyi,  Archbishop of Alba Iulia
  • László Dr. Kiss-Rigó,  Bishop of Szeged-Csanád Diocese
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Gnilka
  • Prof. Dr. Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi,  Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
  • Prof. Dr. Levente Balázs Martos,  Member of Pontificio Commissio Biblica

The number of conflicts is rising in our environment and fiery ethnic and millions of people are driven away from their homes by religious conflicts or scrimmages disguised as ones.  We can also read about the surrender of Christian slaves. Our question here is what these conflicts were like in the Old and New Testaments and within the Early Christian Church? 

The aim of the Foundation of Szeged International Biblical Conference, established last year, is to carry on and to extend the work of the Szeged International Biblical Conference. Besides the traditional series of lectures, the different work groups are going to hold discussions. 

The Hellenistic work group is going to examine the Pagan literary background of the New Testament.
The Bible Reception History workgroup is going to examine the works of art in Hungarian literature inspired by the Holy Scriptures.
The Bible Translator’s work group is going to examine the possibilities of a Catholic-Protestant translation of the Bible in order to enhance our joint testimony.
The recording of the Audio Bible in three-minute bits has started and from 2017 on they can be heard on the Mária Radios and hopefully also in other different programs in the Hungarian public media on a daily basis.

The Biblical Conference in 2016 is organized by the recently registered Szeged International Biblical Conference Foundation. 



  1. János Akijama Manabu [Tsukuba (J)]: The standpoint of the Quartodecimans – How can it be evaluated today?
  2. György Benyik [Szeged (H)]: Corinthian crisis (Cor 1:10–13)
  3. Attila Bojtor [Kolozsvár (RO)]: Elefantengefahr – historische Grundlagen des 3. Buches der Makkabäer
  4. Mario Cifrak [Zagreb (HR)]: Der Aufbau und die Identität der multikulturellen Gemeinde Hos 6,6 im Matthäusevangelium
  5. Szabolcs Czire [Kolozsvár (RO)]: “The rich should take pride in their humiliation.” (James 1:9–10) Religious conflict of poor(ness) and rich(ness) in James
  6. Balázs Csernai [Győr (H)]:JesuKonflikt um Tempel und Reich Gottes
  7. Előd Hodossy-Takács [Debrecen (H)]: Integration models in the Old Testament
  8. Endre Horváth [Szabadka (SRB)]: “For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father.” Bridging a religious conflict according to Ep 2:11–22
  9. Péter Jenei [Debrecen (H)]: “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD...” How does the Law apply to Ruth, the Moabite?
  10. Gergely Juhász [Liverpool (GB)]: “Let There Be No Divisions among You, But Be United in the Same Mind and the Same Purpose": Polemics and Unity in the Apostolic Church as Hermeneutical Key for the (Self-)Understanding of the Conflicts among the Reformers
  11. György Kocsi [Veszprém (H)]: “For the Lord your God is a merciful God..., and will not destroy you” (Deut 4:31)
  12. Imre Kocsis [Budapest (H)]: Hellenistic Jews and Hebrew Jews: Settling Conflicts in the Early Church according to Acts 6:1–6
  13. Mihály Kránitz [Budapest (H)]: The struggle and conversion of Jacob. The acceptance of divine and human mercy.
  14. Zoltán Kustár [Debrecen (H)]: “Haus des Gebets – für alle Völker?” – Auseinandersetzung mit dem prophetischen Heilsuniversalismus im ersten Makkabäerbuch
  15. Tibor Marjovszky [Debrecen (H)]: Anathema, oder modus vivendi? Das Avoda Zara Traktat der Mischna und Interpretationsmöglichkeiten einiger seiner Teile
  16. Levente Balázs Martos [Győr (H)]: “I am your brother Joseph.” Conflict among brothers, etc.
  17. Martin Meiser [Saarbrücken (D)]: “Die galatische Krise”
  18. Zoltán Oláh [Gyulafehérvár (RO)]:Das in die Erde geschrieben “Konfliktgespräch” Jesu (7,53–8,11)
  19. György Papp [Kolozsvár (RO)]: Tensions in the “girls’ parish” – the incident in Antioch
  20. Ottó Pecsuk [Budapest (H)]:"That there may be fairness" (2Cor 8:14) What happened to the collection of Paul's churches?
  21. Imre Peres [Debrecen (H)]: Apokalyptische Konflikte in der Johannesoffenbarung
  22. Rita Perintfalvi [Vienna (A)]: “Nor is there male or female…” (Gal 3,28): conflicts between men and women about the leadership in Pauline communities
  23. József Szécsi [Budapest (H)]: Sevá micvót bené Nóách
  24. Imre Tokics [Budapest (H)]: Worship as a Religion Conflict in the Neo-Babylonian Empire in the Book of Daniel