Szabolcs CzireProfessor of Theology
Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvar (Cluj-Napoca), Romania

Visiting Professor
Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California

Rev. Dr. Szabolcs Czire (Ph.D, Protestant Theological Institute, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) is a core faculty member at the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvar (Cluj-Napoca), Romania, where he teaches biblical studies, hermeneutics, meditation-relaxation, and the sociology of religion. After his seminary graduation in 1996, he was minister for three years in a small congregation in South Transylvania. He spent a 1999-2000 study year at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 2005 he visited Oxford and Manchester in the UK as an Emily Sharp Scholar. He completed his PhD dissertation in 2007 on historical Jesus research. He also has a BA in sociology.

Dr. Czire has authored three books, as well as more than 30 articles. He is an Executive Committee member of Interconfessional Bible Society in Romania, member of the external public body of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a founding member and secretary of the Unitas Association for Family. A contracted columnist with a circulation of around 40,000 readers, Dr. Czire has been a presenter at the largest annual biblical conference in Central and Eastern Europe, in Szeged, Hungary. Since 2009 he has also worked for the Unitarian bishop’s office as national youth/RE coordinator.

Select Publications

  • The Historical Jesus. Past and Present. Research Cluj University Press, 2009.
  • New Testament Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Cluj University Press, 2010.
  • "The Jesus Seminar: Presentation and Criticism." Christian Sower 2002/4, 313-325.
  • "AQ source reconstruction (1). The hypothesis of the written document." KerMagv 2003/1-2, 3-21.
  • "Job's integrity / integrity questions." KerMagv 2002/4, 326-342
  • "The question of literary dependence between the Gospel of Thomas and the synoptic parables." KerMagv 2004/3, 105-139.
  • "Man as the image of God. Unitarian theological questioning." KerMagv 2004/3, 249-258
  • The Gospel of Thomas. Critical Hungarian translation. KerMagv. 2004/3, 259-276.
  • "Interpretation of Jesus' miracles in the history of the Enlightenment to the present." Reformed Review 2005/2, 131-180.
  • "The teachings of Jesus." Pp. 18-25 in the Report of the Meeting of Ministers and Scholars of the Transylvanian
    Unitarian Church in Romania and Remonstrant of the Brotherhood in the Netherlands. April 2005.
  • "Macro-sociological studies of the age of Jesus in Galilee. Social stratification and the evangelists persuasion strategies." KerMagv 2006/1, 5-23.
  • "Jesus the world of micro-sociological / anthropological dimensions. Honour and shame, collective personality." KerMagv 2006/3, 256-271.
  • "The historical Jesus' practice of table fellowship and the Lord's Supper." Pp. 56-116 in Arpad Szabo (ed.), God and the Service of Man. In Memory of John Woods. Cluj-Napoca, 2007.
  • "On the historical Jesus in relation to the ancient miracle-working type." Christianity - Theology Jewish Year Book 2012, 62-80.