In the last few years, the Hellenic Bible Society has been working on the translation of the Old Testament from the Septuagint to the modern Greek language. The Septuagint is the oldest translation available from the Hebrew. It was the Holy Scripture which was used by the writers of the New Testament and it is still used today as part of the Holy Services of the Orthodox Church. This is the first time that a Bible Society, a member of the United Bible Societies, is undertaking the translation of the Septuagint.
As part of this project there was an International Symposium in Athens in November of 2001with the subject of "The translation of the Septuagint in Biblical Studies and in the church". The symposium was organized under the aegis of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece and it was hosted by the Inter-Orthodox Center at the Penteli monastery.