The Bible is a highly venerated book not only in the Armenian Church but also in Armenian families. The late Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin I, on one occasion said “the Bible is not a simple source of knowledge but rather it is a source of inspiration. You can’t read the Bible like any other book. It must be accepted as an image, in which our image corresponds with the image of Jesus.” These two sentences depict the importance of the Bible in the life of the Armenian people. The Armenians have been reading it in their mother tongue since the 5th century, when the Armenian alphabet was created in 405, and subsequently the Holy Scriptures were translated into Armenian (ancient Armenian-Grabar), the first version from Syriac Peshitta (406-432) and Greek Septuagint and Origen’s Hexapla, known also as the ‘Queen of Translations’ from 432-439.
Teaching Christian traditions as received and lived by the Armenian people is a key aspect of the ministry of the Armenian Church worldwide. It prepares and offers lectures about various aspects of our faith including the Creed, Church history, as well as organises lectures on contemporary church and society issues and a weekly Bible Study.
Spiritual Journey through the Bible: «Ուր երկու կամ երեք հոգի հաւաքուած լինեն իմ անունով, այնտեղ եմ ես, նրանց մէջ»
The Primate, together with Bosik Gharapetian, is launching a new program of weekly Bible studies (every Wednesday) for the faithful of the community, who are in search of deeper understanding of their faith and Christian fellowship. These are not academic discussions, but a journey together through the Bible.
Bible Studies are currently held every Wednesday at 7 pm at the Bishop’s House and everyone is welcome.