Eighth International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars

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The Eighth International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars is part of the international outreach efforts of the SNTS to support global education in New Testament studies. This particular conference took place at Caraiman Monastery in Busteni, Romania and focused on New Testament anthropology. I found it a wonderful experience, and shared photos while there – the scenery was breathtaking, in addition to the conference itself being directly helpful to my research. In this post, I want to recap some of the highlights, not of papers, but of places and people. There are plans to publish the invited plenary papers and at least some of the seminar papers. I’ll happily share some details about those if there’s interest. But for now, some photos and connections.

The conference opened with greetings sent from Patriarch Daniel, as well as Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr who organized the event from the SNTS end. Cosmin Pricop was the principal local organizer and he did an incredible job. The Studiorum Novi Testamentum Societas is fascinating for someone used to SBL. As is typical in Europe, the scholarship is thoroughly critical in character, and yet we opened and closed each day with prayers, the Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants taking turns.

Rita - Ferrone - Visit - Pope - Romania

Rita Ferrone wrote about the visit of the Pope to Romania. I didn’t get to see him, but did experience some of the sentiment (and witness a little of the transportation disruption) that went with it, as his arrival was just around the time the conference was wrapping up.

I thought it was cool to see a “Byzantine Bookstore” not far from the Orthodox Seminary in Bucharest.

Day - Cosmin - Pricop - Organizer - Conference

On the day I arrived, I got to meet Cosmin Pricop, who was the principal Romanian organizer of the conference:

I arrived almost simultaneously with Petr Mareček from the Czech Republic, and so I showed him around...
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