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Faculty Profiles

His Eminence Metropolitan Paul Yazigi
Professor of Ethics

His Grace Bishop Demetri Sharbak
Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Studies

His Grace Bishop Costa Kayyal
Visiting Professor of Liturgics

Right Rev. Archimandrite Jack Khalil
Professor of New Testament Studies
Fr Jack Khalil holds a Ph.D. degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and studied for three years as Visiting Fellow at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany. He has been teaching at the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, the University of Balamand since 2000. His main fields of interest are the Epistles of St Paul and the Johannine Literature. He is known for his contribution on the contemporary Orthodox interpretation of the Justification by Faith in the Pauline Epistles. For many years he is active in the Translation of the New Testament into Arabic. He also popularizes biblical subjects as a TV presenter, or guest, on several TV channels.
Parallel to his Biblical Scholarship, he serves on the World Council of Churches Central Committee since 2013 and on the Commission on Faith & Order since 2014. His ecumenical engagement started since he served as the Eastern Orthodox representative in the WCC Continuation Committee on “Ecumenism in the 21st Century” (2007-2012). (Read Faculty CV)

Bishop Romanos AL Hannat
Associate Professor of Byzantine Music
Fr. Romanos Hannat holds a Ph.D. degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2011). He has been teaching at the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, the University of Balamand since 2014. His main field of interest is the Antiochian Ecclesiastical music (Byzantine). He is the coordinator of the department of Ecclesiastical music since 2014. (Read Faculty CV)

Father Porphyrios (Fadi) Georgi
Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Dr. Georgi’s research in early Christianity, late Byzantine theology, and contemporary Orthodox thought has been inspired by his interest in interpreting the Orthodox dogma and patristic teachings in a pluralistic, culturally complex world. His research interests include Christian ecumenical discussions and Arabic literature. Fadi maintains an active interest in Islamic Culture and religion. He has been a member of the faculty since 2006. (Read Faculty CV)

Daniel Ayuch
Professor of New Testament
Dr. Ayuch is concerned with helping students approach the Biblical texts with new eyes and steer in the open seas of Enlightenment and modern critical thought with a view to the use of this knowledge and skills within the tradition and the roots of Antioch. His research work is based on linguistic and narrative text analysis and his fields of interest include the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, the Book of Revelation, the Bible in Arabic, the parables of Jesus, and patristic Exegesis. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Münster (Germany) and has been a member of the faculty since 2000. (Read Faculty CV)

Fr Bassam Nassif
Associate Professor in Pastoral Theology
As a pastor in the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Rev. Dr. Bassam Nassif is concerned with integrating the pastoral theology of the Orthodox Church with the research and experience of the human sciences, leading to the formation of a therapeutic pastoral care approach. Rev. Nassif‘s aim is to deal with modern challenges facing the Church in a pluralistic and secularized world. Building on scientific research and on the rich tradition of the church, he endeavors to offer a modern approach to pastoral care leading to the righteousness of modern man. He joined the faculty in 2005. (Read Faculty CV)

Right Rev. Archimandrite Parthenios Allati
Assistant professor in Canon Law
After finishing four years in studying Civil Engineering at Albaath University in Homs, Archimandrite Parthenios Allati studied theology at the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology- University of Balamand (2002-2006). Afterward, he received a Ph.D. in Canon Law from the PIO (Oriental Pontifical Institute). He teaches the Canon Law at the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology since 2013-2014. The analysis of the recent Antiochian Ecclesiastical regulations starting from 1860 constitutes the focal point of his research. He is chiefly concerned with the various historical circumstances that influenced these regulations and their impact on the life of the Church. Apart from his teaching duties, Fr Parthenios serves as an assistant in the Patriarchal office (Read Faculty CV)

Fr Ibrahim Chahine
Lecturer in Canon Law
Fr. Ibrahim Chahine, who joined the faculty in 1986, brings over 20 years of teaching experience to the field of cannon law. He is the president of the Primary Spiritual Court of Archdiocese of Greek Orthodox in Tripoli for more than 20 years and  Councilor of the Spiritual Patriarchal Court of Greek Orthodox in Lebanon. Among his books are "You and the Law" containing three volumes which talks about personal conditions of the Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim sects, and volume IV contains judgments and religious interpretations of the Primary Spiritual Court of Archdiocese of Greek Orthodox in Tripoli.

Marlène Kanaan
Professor of Philosophy and Civilizations
Dr. Kanaan joined Balamand in 1989. Specializing in and teaching contemporary French philosophy, she also teaches general philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and medieval and modern philosophy, and taught for many years in the Civilization Sequence Program. She is interested in French and Arabic literature, the history of civilizations, the history of the Church, and the patristic and the spocryphal literature. Author of numerous studies, Dr. Kanaan is a member in various international associations such as Les Rencontres Nationales de Patristique- France, the Association pour l’Étude de la Littérature Apocryphe Chrétienne (AELAC)- Suisse, the Union des Philosophes Arabes, etc.

Fr. Romanos Jibran
Lecturer in Byzantine Music
Fr. Jibran is a leading chorist in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. He has established several choirs in various parishes. His method of teaching is based on conveying to the students theoretical knowledge as well as practical performance.

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