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2014-05-05

Understanding the history of the Bible isn't simple. It's the most published book in history and it's been translated into more than 2,000 languages, which makes variations inevitable. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE 
"When we read a modern translation, we don't realize but it's the result of many many choices that are made by the translators: which texts they will use, which text they will follow.” 

Fr. Stephen Pisano is from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Centuries ago, he says,  translations of the Gospel, sometimes turned into competitions. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE 
"Erasmus was the first person to come out with the printed edition of the New Testament in Greek in 1516. There was sort of a contest between him and group of people working in Spain to see who could get the first edition out and he won.”

He says the writing of the Scriptures can be divided into three stages: events, recollection of those who knew or heard about Jesus and then publication. 

Pope Francis has been quite vocal about the importance of reading the Bible every day. He even offered thousands of pocket sized Gospel books to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. He says first and foremost, it's the main responsibility of every Christian to understand the Word of God. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE 
"The first importance of the Gospel is to come into contact with Jesus, to get to know Him. You come to see more and more, who this Person was, how He thought, how He reacted in different situations.” 
 
Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance. 



Upcoming conferences: 


Speaker Series at the Vatican
The Bible to the World
April 30–June 3, 2014


Tuesday, May 6 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Jerry Pattengale, The Green Scholars Initiative, and Mr. Cary Summers, Museum of the Bible
"Recent Developments of the Green Collection, the Green Scholars Initiative and the Museum of the Bible”
 The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas Institute Fondazione (Sede secondaria, Italia)
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60-Roma 00184, Italia

Thursday, May 8 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
"Perspectives from North Africa: St. Augustine on the Beauty of the Cross”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 15 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Nuria Calduch-Benages, Pontifical Gregorian University
"The City as Mater Dolorosa”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 22 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Michelle Brown, University of London
"From Sinai to Scotland—via Rome: the Lindisfarne Gospels and the reception of Logos in Early Christian Europe”
Response from Father Justin, St. Catherine’s Monastery
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Tuesday, June 3 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Peter Williams, Tyndale House, Cambridge
"Pre-Islamic Bible Translation in the Levant”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Emcees for sessions:
 Dr. Valdo Bertalot, Bible Society in Italy
Dr. Jerry Pattengale, Green Scholars Initiative & Indiana Wesleyan University

Sponsor for sessions:
Green Scholar Initiative

Host for sessions:
American Bible Society
Bible Society in Italy

 This series is being held in conjunction with the Verbum Domini II exhibit, Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum
St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Italy, 2 April 2014–22 June 2014





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