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The volume contains the first editions of a number of works of Syrian authors and a publication of Coptic liturgical texts. It also includes a discussion of the letters of Nicetas Stethatos available only in Georgian and other patristic/hagiographical topics.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0424-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Sep 26,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 543
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0424-2
$180.00

This volume contains the first editions of a number of works of Syrian authors (in Syriac and Arabic) including two excerpts from John bar Penkaye’s "Ktaba de-resh melle", an excerpt from "The Blessed Compendium" of Jirjis al-Makin ibn al-Amid, an excerpt from the "Kitab al-Majdal", and hymns from the "Warda" collection, as well as a publication of a series of Coptic prayers for travellers. It also contains a discussion of the letters of Nicetas Stethatos available only in Georgian. Other contributions deal with the hagiography (Byzantine, Old Russian, and Syrian, with a special attention to the so-called “verbal hagiography” which is an intermediary field between the written hagiography and the folklore) and the patrology (with a special attention to philosophical problems of Byzantine patristics). Some detailed book reviews discuss, among others, various problems of the late Byzantine and the 19th- and 20th-century Ethiopian and Russian theology.

This volume contains the first editions of a number of works of Syrian authors (in Syriac and Arabic) including two excerpts from John bar Penkaye’s "Ktaba de-resh melle", an excerpt from "The Blessed Compendium" of Jirjis al-Makin ibn al-Amid, an excerpt from the "Kitab al-Majdal", and hymns from the "Warda" collection, as well as a publication of a series of Coptic prayers for travellers. It also contains a discussion of the letters of Nicetas Stethatos available only in Georgian. Other contributions deal with the hagiography (Byzantine, Old Russian, and Syrian, with a special attention to the so-called “verbal hagiography” which is an intermediary field between the written hagiography and the folklore) and the patrology (with a special attention to philosophical problems of Byzantine patristics). Some detailed book reviews discuss, among others, various problems of the late Byzantine and the 19th- and 20th-century Ethiopian and Russian theology.

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Contributor Biography

Basil Lourié

Basil Lourié is the editor in chief of "Scrinium: Revue de patrologie, d'hagiographiecritique et d'histoire ecclésiastique" (St. Petersburg, Russia). He holds a Ph. D. and a Dr. habil. in Philosophy from St. Petersburg State University. He has written extensively on theological, liturgical and hagiographical traditions of the Christian Orient with a special attention to the philosophical and logical topics in patristics as well as to the Second Temple Jewish and Early Christian liturgical calendars.

Nikolai Seleznyov

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • List of Abbreviations (page 10)
  • Critical Editions (page 11)
    • The Origins of the Temporal World: the First me'mra of the Ktaba d-reš melle of John Bar Penkaye (Yulia Furman) (page 13)
    • Zeus, Artemis, Apollo: John bar Penkaye on Ancient Myths and Cults (Yulia Furman) (page 57)
    • The Laments of the Philosophers over Alexander the Great according to The Blessed Compendium of al-Makin ibn al-'Amid (Nikolai N. Seleznyov) (page 107)
    • “These stones shall be for a memorial”: A discussion of the abolition of circumcision in the Kitab al-Magdal (Nikolai N. Seleznyov) (page 125)
    • The Warda Hymnological Collection and Šlemon of Ahla? (13th century) (Anton Pritula) (page 159)
    • Litanies or Prayers for Travellers (Youhanna Nessim Youssef) (page 218)
  • Hagiography (page 227)
    • Folkloric Hagiography and the Popular Cult of Saints: Formation of Beliefs and Plots (Andrey Moroz) (page 229)
    • Hagiographic Writings in the Old Believer Controversies over the Suicidal Death at the End of the Seventeenth and the Eighteenth Centuries (Peter Prokopevs Message to Daniil Vikulin) (Alexander V. Pigin) (page 240)
    • Concerning the Dates of St. Makarios of Peleketes Life and the Dating of his Vita (Tatiana A. Senina (nun Kassia)) (page 255)
    • Did St. John, the Abbot of the ton Katharon Monastery, Join the Iconoclasts under Leo V the Armenian? (Tatiana A. Senina (nun Kassia)) (page 261)
    • Verbal Hagiography of Seraphim of Sarov (Yulia M. Shevarenkova) (page 265)
  • Patrology (page 289)
    • Hierarchies of Beings in the Patristic Thought: Maximus the Confessor, John of Damascus, and the Palamites (Dimitry Biriukov) (page 291)
    • The Book of the Body of Christ: Jewish-Christian Mysticism of Letters and the Name of God as an Origin for the Christian Spiritual Exegesis (Irina Kolbutova) (page 315)
    • A Chalcedonian Conundrum: the Singularity of the Hypostasis of Christ (Dirk Krausmuller) (page 371)
    • Notes on Georgian Translations of the Works of Nicetas Stethatos (Alexey Ostrovsky & Maia Raphava) (page 393)
    • L’anthropologie apocryphe et le traité ?e?? ????? d’Origène (Olena Syrtsova) (page 412)
  • Review Articles (page 423)
    • Providence and fate in the ancient philosophical tradition and in Greek patristics (Dmitry Biriukov) (page 425)
    • Notes on Mar Pin?as: A “Nestorian” Foundation Legend; the Liturgy Implied; Polemics against Jewish Mysticism; an Early Christian Apology Used; Syrian Monasticism from Athens (Basil Lourié) (page 432)
    • The Corpora of Old and Middle Russian Texts as an Advanced Tool for Exploring an Extinguished Language (Olga Mitrenina) (page 465)
    • A new book on Old Russian demonology (Aleksander V. Pigin) (page 472)
    • Deux livres sur Cassia de Constantinople (Tatiana A. Senina (moniale Kassia)) (page 478)
    • Ahiqar, his Tale and the Vita Aesopi (Christos A. Zafiropoulos) (page 489)
  • Reviews (page 507)