Tibor Fabiny

Tibor Fabiny

University Professor, Literary Historian, Director of the Center for Hermeneutical Research

ἐγὼ αὐτὸς ἄνθρωπός εἰμι (ApCsel, 10,26)

Homo is a common name to all men (WS)

Nos sumus poiema Dei. Ipse Poeta est (ML)

"Stick to your principles, honor others as made in the image of God, believe you not have all the truth, and lighten up" (Mark Noll)

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Professor of Literature and Hermeneutics
Károli Gáspár Reformed University (KRE)
Professor, Department of English Studies
Hungarian Scientific Works Repository (MTMT)
National Doctoral Council (NDC)
Head of the Hermeneutical Research Centre (HKK)


Edwards Jonathan

Edwards Jonathan

The significance of the works of Jonathan Edwards, just as in the case of Milton, emerged on my horizon for the first time when I edited and published Tipológiai szimbolizmus (Ikonológia és műértelmezés 4) (Typological Symbolism. Iconology and Interpretation 4) in Szeged in 1988. While I was a visiting scholar at Roanoke College, Virginia in 2006, I began to study the works of Edwards in more detail with the help of my colleague and friend Professor Gerald R. McDermott. I was surprised to learn that Edwards’ beautiful christological sermon on Rev. 5 is also the exposition of the lion and the lamb, the title of my 1992 book The Lion and the Lamb, which was likewise inspired by the same biblical passage. In Spring 2007, together with Gerald R. McDermott, we organized the first European conference on “America’s Theologian” at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. The proceedings were edited by McDermott and published by Oxford University Press in 2009 as Understanding of Jonathan Edwards. Together with Sára Tóth, I edited the Hungarian translation: Amerika teológusa. Bevezetés Jonathan Edwards gondolkodásába (America’s Theologian. Introduction to the Thought of Jonathan Edwards) (2008). Since then, I kept on publishing on Edwards’s typological view of history and about his sermons delivered to the Indians. The Jonathan Edwards Center-Hungary is a part of an internationalnetwork affiliated with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University and was officially inaugurated as part of the Center for Hermeneutical Research of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary in 2012. For the opening ceremony we published Edwards’ above-mentioned christological sermon as Oroszlán és Bárány. Krisztus szépsége. („The Lion and the Lamb. The Beauty of Christ”). I am on the editorial board of the online journal http://jestudies.yale.edu/index.php/journal, and Károli University is planning an international workshop on Edwards in December 2019.



Amerika teológusa. Bevezetés Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) gondolkodásába. Szerk. Fabiny Tibor és Tóth Sára, Budapest, A Magyarországi Református Egyház Dunamelléki Kerülete, Hermeneutkai Kutatóközpont, 2008.


Edwards, Jonathan, Szemelvények, in, Fabiny Tibor (szerk.) A tipológiai szimbolzmus. Szöveggyűjtemény a bibliai és az irodalmi hermeneutika történetéből. Ikonológia és Műértelmezés 4. Szeged, JATEPres, 1998 (1 kiad. 1988), 45-66.

Edwards and Biblical Typology, in, Gerald R.McDermott (ed), Understanding Jonathan Edwards. An Introduction to America’s Theologian. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009, 91-108.

Edwards és a bibliai tipológia, in, Amerika teológusa, Bevezetés Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) gondolkodásába, Szerk. Tibor Fabiny, Sára Tóth, Budapest, A Magyarországi Refromátus Egyház Dunamelléki Egyházkerülete és Hermeneutikai Kutatóközpont, 2008. 116-133.

Jonathan Edwards and the Indians, in: Enikő Sepsi, Judit Nagy, Miklós Vassányi, János Kenyeres (eds), Indigenous Perspectives of North America. A Collection of Studies, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 345–357.


Jonathan Edwards és a történelem tipologikus szemlélete, in Vallástudományi Szemle, 2017, 13. évf., 3. szám, 51–70.