The Biblical Studies Lab of the School of Pastoral and Social Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in September 2016 (Greek Official Gazette Β/3060/26-09-2016) and it serves the educational and research purposes of the School in the scientific objects of the biblical studies.
Concretely, the educational and research subject of the Biblical Studies Laboratory is biblical studies in general, and more specifically, the study of biblical texts per se, in addition to their relation to the broader philological and cultural environment, on both a synchronic and diachronic level, through an interdisciplinary perspective and with a direct reference to issues pertaining to contemporary intellect and life. The various academic fields the Biblical Studies Lab will focus on are as follows:
1) Introduction to the Old (Hebrew and Septuagint) and New Testament.
2) Exegesis and Theology of the Old (Hebrew and Septuagint) and New Testament.
3) Hermeneutics of the biblical texts and Theories of interpretation.
4) Languages of the biblical texts and Hellenistic Koine.
5) Literature of the era of the Old (Hebrew and Septuagint) and New Testament.
6) Biblical texts and Cultural studies.
7) History of the times and Archaeology of the Old (Hebrew and Septuagint) and New Testament.
8) Critical edition and annotation of the Old (Hebrew and Septuagint) and New Testament Text.
9) Metaphraseology and translation of the Holy Scripture.
In the actions of the Biblical Studies Lab has been included the postgraduate Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology, called Exegeticum (see Laboratory Regulations, article 10) which operates under Lab’s responsibility according to the program of the School of Pastoral and Social Theology. The basic axes of the Exegeticum are the biblical sciences and the sciences of the Patristics and Religious Studies to the extent of their contribution to the hermeneutical understanding of the Bible.
Exegeticum’s meetings take place at least once a month during the two semesters of the academic year, following an invitation. The meetings address mainly postgraduate students and PhD candidates coming from the respective fields. The average workload of the Seminar is estimated to 2 ECTS and it is included in the overall workload of the postgraduate courses under the category “Seminaries” in the description of the courses according to the H.Q.A.A. directions.
The Biblical Studies Lab operates in the room A small of the 2nd floor of the Faculty of Theology, in the campus of the Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki, according to the program which is announced in the beginning of the academic year at the website of the School of Pastoral and Social Theology (http://www.past.auth.gr/el/labs).
Director of the Biblical Studies Lab: Kyriakoula Papademetriou, assoc. Professor, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org