St. Gregory of Datev, an eminent theologian and teacher, and abbot of the monastery that bears his name in Armenia, has left such a lasting imprint on the Armenian Church that it is his legacy that defines the Armenian Church today.
As part of the Bishop Zgon Memorial Lecture Series, Dr. Abraham Terian, Professor of Armenian Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, will speak on Datevatsi's life, literary works, and lasting influence on the Armenian Church. Among Datevatsi's works, the Book of Questions provides answers to nearly every subject or matter of theological concern in his day. Knowing Datevatsi and his works will be an eye-opener for understanding the position of the Armenian Church on various issues, or the reason for the Church's perceived entrenchment in the Middle Ages.
Dr. Seta Dadoyan of the American University of Beirut, a specialist in medieval Armenian studies and Islamic-Armenian cultural-political interactions, and currently Visiting Professor at Columbia University in NYC, will speak on Datevatsi's attitude toward Islam. The title of her lecture is "Islam and Armenian Polemical Strategies at the End of an Era." She will dwell on one of Datevatsi's less known works devoted entirely to the subject of Islam.
Given the present political situation and the rising questions about Islam, "it is a timely subject," remarks Dr. Roberta Ervine, Associate Professor of Armenian Studies at the Seminary. "The lectures will inform us at least of the historic position of the Church on so many things and of the general attitude regarding Islam in Armenian sources."
The public is welcome. For directions to the Seminary, please call (914) 636-2003 or visit the Seminary's website: www.stnersess.edu.