Gábor Buzási



  • Department of Hebrew Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (1995-97, 2002-08)
  • Department of Medieval Studies, Source Language Teaching Group, Central European University (2010-)
  • Religion and philosophy in Late Antiquity (Neoplatonism)
  • Biblical interpretation
  • Early Jewish and Christian thought
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • 2010–2016: Theological Anthropology in the Patristic Age, National Research, Development and Innovation Office (OTKA), participant  
  • 2009: A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Florence (Italy), Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
  • 2006–2009: Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Hungarian, National Research, Development and Innovation Office (OTKA), participant
  • "Pilpul and Eros: Philo on the desire for truth against the literalists", Persecution, Passion and Epiphany in Early Jewish Literature, Károli Univeristy Budapest, September 20-22, 2017.
  • "Emperor Julian's Theology of the Sun", in the series Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies organised by Corpus Cristi College, University of Oxford (http://www.power-structuralism.ox.ac.uk/weekly_seminars/invited_speakers), June 14, 2017.
  • "Íme, az Úr hazug lelket adott mindezen prófétáid szájába: politikai retorika és a kifejezhetőség korlátai a Héber Bibliában" ("Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets: political rhetorics and the limits of expression in the Hebrew Bible"), "Ókori hazugságok, megtévesztések és hamisítások" - az ELTE BTK Ókortudományi Intézetének előadássorozata (http://okor.elte.hu/hazugsagok), 2016/17 tavaszi félév, 2017. május 4. 
  • "Emperor Julian's Hymn to the Sun in Byzantium and the Italian Renaissance", Internationale Konferenz "Byzanz und das Abendland V.", Eötvös Collegium, Budapest, November 21-24, 2016.
  • "Biblical Interpretation in Julian the Apostate", guest lecture, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Theologische Fakultät, November 1, 2016.
  • "Philo on the Sun and the Garment Taken in Pledge", departmental seminar, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Theologische Fakultät, November 1, 2016.
  • “The Intellectual Journeys of Julian the Apostate to the Heaven and Beyond”, “Initiations into the Mysteries”, International Conference at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest, November 20-21, 2015.
  • “A curious reference to Julian the Apostate in the encyclical letter Deus caritas est of Benedict XVI” [in Hungarian], Religious Studies Research Group, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, February 26, 2015.  
  • “Philo on the Sun and the Garment Taken in Pledge”, European Association of Biblical Studies / Society of Biblical Studies International Meeting, Vienna, July 10, 2014.
  • “The Sun as an Image of God? - Philo of Alexandria and the Emperor Julian on the Compatibility of Plato and the Bible”, Commentating as Philosophy and the Abrahamic Interpreters, Istanbul, July 4, 2014.
  • “Was Emperor Julian ashamed of being in the body?” [in Hungarian], Annual Conference of the Hungarian Patristic Society, Esztergom, June 28, 2014.
  • “Religious Radicalism in the Age of Emperor Julian” [in Hungarian], 11th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Antiquity, ELTE, Budapest, May 24, 2014.
  • “Emperor Julian on poverty and the social sensitivity of Jews and Christians”, XLII Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, May 9, 2014.
  • “Philo on the Sun and the Garment Taken in Pledge” [in Hungarian], Workshop Philo of Alexandria and the Hellenistic Jewish Interpretation of Scripture, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, December 12, 2013.
  • “Julian the Apostate and the Pagan Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity”, public lecture, Center for Religious Studies, Central European University, Budapest, October 31, 2013.
  • "Platonic Eros in Late Antique Judaism and Paganism", lecture at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, September 23, 2013.
  • "Emperor Julian's Solar Theology and its Byzantine Reception", International Conference "Byzantine Studies in Georgia - 4", Batumi, September 25, 2013.
  • “Emperor Julian’s Experience of the Divine”, Reflections on the Immediate Experience of the Divine in the European Tradition, Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, May 17-18, 2013.
  • “The Sun in Proclus’ Theology”, Archai: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic Interpreters, Istanbul, December 12-16, 2012.
  • “Eros and Allegory in Hellenistic Judaism and Late Antique Paganism”, International conference on Religion and the Female Body in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean, Sapientia College of Theology, Budapest, May 31, 2012.
  • “De Sole et Lumine: the Reception of Neoplatonic Solar Theology in Marsilio Ficino” [in Hungarian], 10th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Antiquity, Piliscsaba, May 24, 2012.
  • “Forms of Conversion in Late Antique Judaism” [in Hungarian], Philosophy as spiritual exercise (à la mémoire de Pierre Hadot), Piliscsaba, December 1, 2011.
  • “Julian: the Conversion of an Apostate” [in Hungarian], Conversio – Conference in Religious Studies, Eötvos Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest, September 23-24, 2011.
  • “Transpositional Hermeneutics in Philo of Alexandria”, International Symposium on Transpositional Hermeneutics, Institut für Judaistik, Universität Wien, May 8-9, 2011.
  • “The Emperor Julian’s Hymn to the Sun and the Origins of Christmas” [in Hungarian], Lecture in the Hungarian Society for the Study of Antiquity, Budapest, December 17, 2010.
  • “Solar symbolism in Joseph and Aseneth” [in Hungarian], Conference to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Oriental Studies at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest, October 29-30, 2010.
  • “Abraam theurgos – on how Abraham became a hero for Pagan Neoplatonists” [in Hungarian], 9th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Antiquity, Pécs, May 20-22, 2010.
  • “Conflicts about the Temple Mount in Antiquity” [in Hungarian]Limmud Magyarország, Budapest, December 13, 2015, and Benedictine High School, Pannonhalma, February 12, 2016
  • “Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and the Nature of Light - Theories and Explanations from Antiquity” [in Hungarian], Hanukkah ceremony, Eger, December 13, 2015
  • “The Destructions and Reconstructions of the Jerusalem Temple in Antiquity” [in Hungarian], Tisha be-Av ceremony, Eger, July 26, 2015
  • “Judaism and Hellenism: Conflicts and Interactions” [in Hungarian], Limmud Magyarország, Budapest, June 14, 2015
  • “Celestial Journeys and Ecstatic Experiences in Antiquity” [in Hungarian], lecture at the Deák Square Lutheran School, Budapest, November 22, 2014  
  • Biblical Studies BA minor program (director, ELTE, 2015–)
  • The Faces of Scripture: The Cultural History of the Bible (lecture series with invited speakers, ELTE, 2014, 2016)
  • Hellenism and Judaism (workshop series, ELTE, 2013/14)
  • Polemos/Pulmus: Ways of Confrontation in Judaism, Paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity (Summer University, CEU, 2012)
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