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The 3rd Conference for the Sacred Texts’ controversies in Christianity and Islam

February 27, 2023 @ 14:44

The Faculty of Religious Sciences at Saint Joseph in partnership with The Bible Society and in co-sponsorship with the Institute of Abrahamic Relations, organized, on the 24th and 25th of February 2023, the 3rd Intercultural Conference addressing the Sacred Texts’ controversies in Christianity and Islam under the title of “The History of the Sacred Text Readings.”

The ceremony began with the inaugural speeches of the Rector of Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Father Professor Salim Daccache, the General Secretary of the Bible Society, Dr. Mike Bassous, and the President of the Institute of Abrahamic Relations, Dr. Kurt Richardson.

The lecturers of the international conference were either from Muslim or Christian backgrounds. Some gave their lectures at the USJ hall in Beirut, while others joined from the United States, the Arab Emirates, and Iran to share their speeches over ZOOM.

The opening session on Friday discussed the controversy of how the same text can be read in different ways and whether that is a source of enrichment or a cause of conflict. On Saturday, the other research topics discussed were titled “Between Exegesis and Hermeneutics”, “Readings of the Sacred Text between Tradition and Modernity” and “The effects of the factors of time and place.”

Around 100 individuals showed up for the lectures and the questions and answers allocated time.

The lectures were marked by a strictly scientific approach, while the discussions were carried out with transparency and understanding. All attendees acknowledged that this collaborative research was essential in a country of many religions and cultures.

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