Metropolitan Hilarion heads Searching the Scriptures conference at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Yonkers, New York, November 15, 2021

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On Wednesday, November 10, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations arrived in America for a working visit.

Among the main events of his itinerary was the Searching the Scriptures conference that the Metropolitan opened on Thursday at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Orthodox Church in America) in Yonkers, New York.

The conference, held in honor of the publication of Met. Hilarion’s Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching series in English, brought together scholars from various Orthodox and non-Orthodox seminaries to present their latest research in the field of Scripture, and the opening gala brought together hierarchs and representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate, ROCOR, the OCA, and the Antiochian Archdiocese, as well as Catholic, Monophysite, and Anglican representatives.

In his keynote speech, Met. Hilarion addressed the problem of academic myths becoming widely accepted in the field of Scriptural studies. The second part of his address focused on the parables of Christ, which often proved confusing for His hearers and readers of the Gospel. Nevertheless, the Russian hierarch also emphasized

The Church is the guardian and authoritative interpreter of the teachings of Jesus. It was within the Church that the exegetic tradition developed for many centuries, which allowed many generations of Christians to understand the meaning of parables, apply them to their own situations, and extract moral lessons and spiritual instructions from them.

During his visit to St. Vladimir’s, Met. Hilarion also served a memorial on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dostoyevsky, and celebrated the feast of St. John Chrysostom on Saturday, at the seminary’s Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel.

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