Faculty of Orthodox Theology has a rare honour to inform the public that, from 10 till 13 September of this year, it will host a major international conference on the relevant topic of contemporary biblical theology, entitled:

Christ of the Sacred Stories

The primary importance of this scholarly assembly is reflected through interactive considerations of Christ’s images in the sacred stories of biblical writers and ecclesial traditions, which in a rare manner suits the encountering of Eastern and Western exegetes in the city of everlasting encounter and under the vaults of the school of theology, which in itself comprehends both East and West.

In addition to the prominent scholarly relevance, this conference conjoins the following triad of objectives, as well. First of all, it will officially open the first Serbian Biblical Institute, whose mission of inspiring regional ecclesial, scholarly and cultural spirit naturally seeks cooperation with the conference participants and their home institutions; then, this assembly will create an opportunity for expressing gratitude to New Testament scholar from the University of Bern, Ulrich Luz, for his decision to donate his rarely extensive library to the newly established Institute (to which special significance is given by the unshadowed and more than a century long affinity of the theological tradition of Bern towards that of Serbia); and finally, the entire assembly is deemed to be a worthy way of thanksgiving to Bishop Irinej Bulovic for the contribution to Serbian New Testament scholarship through his professorship, the result of which is the Biblical Institute with its human and technical resources.

Active participation in the conference may be taken only by accredited members, while for more information, organizers can be contacted via email at:


Thursday, 10 September

17:30-18:00 Reception and registration at the Faculty
18:00-20:00 Ceremonial opening:
18:00-18:10 Introductory word – Dragomir Sando, Vice-Dean of the Faculty
18:10-18:20 Welcome word of Serbian Patriarch Irinej – Vicar Bishop Arsenije Glavčić (Belgrade)
18:20-18:40 Welcome address: Bishop Irinej Bulović (Belgrade)
18:40-19:00 Introducing the Biblical Institute: Predrag Dragutinović (Belgrade)
19:00-19:20 Biblical Studies and the Importance of an Ecumenical Network: Johannes Oeldemann (Paderborn)
19:20-19:40 A History of Commonalities We Have Discovered - Urs von Arx (Bern)
19:40-20:00 Blessing and visiting the Biblical Institute
20:00-21:30 Festive dinner at the Faculty

Friday, 11 September

9:00-10:30 Main Lecture: Christ of Matthew’s Story - Ulrich Luz (Bern)
response: Franz Tóth (Zürich)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Main Lecture: Christ of Mark’s Story - Joannes Karavidopoulos (Thessaloniki)
response: Maximilian Matjaž (Ljubljana)
13:00-15:00 Lunch break
15:00-16:30 Main Lecture: Christ of Isaiah’s Story - Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg)
response: Erik Eynikel (Regensburg)
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:30 Main Lecture: Christ of Infancy Stories - Armand Puig i Tàrrech (Barcelona)
response: Ekatarini Tsalampouni (Thessaloniki)
18:30-19:00 Evening prayer
19:00-21:00 Dinner

Saturday, 12 September

9:00-10:30 Main Lecture: Christ of Luke’s Story - Jens Schröter (Berlin)
response: Wolfgang Grünstäudl (Wuppertal)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Main Lecture: Christ of John’s Story - Christos Karakolis (Athens)
response: Vladan Tatalović (Belgrade)
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-16:00 Main Lecture: Christ of the Psalms’ Story - Michael Sеleznev (Moscow)
response: Nenad Božović (Belgrade)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Main Lecture: Christ of Paul’s Story - Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (Jena)
response: Teodor Stoitchev (Varna)
18:00-19:00 Final reflections and closing address: Christos Karakolis and Predrag Dragutinović
20:30-22:00 Festive Dinner

Sunday, 13 September

7:30-22:00 Excursion to Novi Sad and Monastery Kovilj

Monday, 14 September


Christ of the Sacred Stories

Belgrade, 10-13 September 2015

Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator, Chilandar, XIII c.