During the week of August 16 to 21, some 300 scholars from around the world gathered at Oxford University in Oxford, England, to participate in The Thirteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies. This year St. Nersess Armenian Seminary's presence was visible at the Conference. Representing the Seminary were Rev. Dr. Vahan Hovhanessian, Dean, and Dr. Abraham Terian, Professor of Armenian Patristics (the writings of the early Church fathers). Fr. Vahan Hovhanessian, Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Fordham University, presented a paper entitled, "The Targeted Heresy in Third Corinthians: Revisiting the Issue." The paper examined the various hypotheses discussing the targeted heresy in 3 Cor. Fr. Vahan concluded that Third Corinthians, an apocryphal letter attributed to the apostle Paul, was written against the second century gnostics in general, arguing for the fleshly resurrection of the dead. In his presentation, entitled "Philo's De Providentia in Patristic Theology," Professor Abraham Terian, Th.D. in Early Christian Literature, Basel University, Switzerland, examined Philo's influence on the early Church writings, focusing on the theme of God's providence. Professor Terian emphasized the fact that these writings of Philo, a contemporary of Jesus and the Apostles, survive only in Armenian translation.
Oxford University hosts the Patristic Conference every four years. The presentations take place at the beautiful and historic lecture-rooms of the Examination Hall Building of the University. The conference is one of the most valuable opportunities for scholars to meet and exchange the latest findings regarding scholarship in the field of early Christian literature.
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY, has been actively involved in the local and international academic conferences and symposia to promote the Armenian contribution to theological scholarship. The St. Nersess Theological Review is another effective tool the Seminary uses to promote Armenian Church scholarship. The Review publishes the research and findings of Armenologists and theologians examining the theology, liturgy, history and spirituality of the Armenian Church. For further information regarding the Seminary's academic programs and research please contact the Seminary Office at (914) 636-2003 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website at www.stnersess.edu.