Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

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Studia mediaevalia Slavica et Byzantina, v. 1

The Institute of Literature of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences publishes a journal devoted to medieval Slavonic and Byzantine studies. Each issue focuses on a particular theme or specific topics.  Volume one, which includes articles on death and funeral rites in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the Slavonic Euchologion, and the alphabet and Typikon as foundations of medieval Slavonic literature, was published in memory of Stefan Kozhukharov.

vol. 1 (2011), Смъртта и погребението в юдео-христианската традиция / Death and Funeral in the Jewish-Christian tradition, compiled and edited by Regina Koicheva and Anissava Miltenova.

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Andrei A. Orlov’s books on Apocryphal Books of the Old Testament

Andrei A. Orlov, professor of theology at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), presented us with one of his recent publications, Воскрешение ветхого Адама: вознесение, преображение и обожение праведника в раннеи иудеискои мистике  ‘Resurrection of the Fallen Adam: Ascension, Transfiguration, and Deification of the Righteous in Early Jewish Mysticism.’

Gray book cover with author and title in black with black image of a Hanukkah menorah with a tree on either side

The volume is a collection of previously published articles, some of which have been revised. The book is divided into four sections: the Book of 2 Enoch, Jacob’s Ladder, the Apocalypse of Abraham, and the Book of 3 Baruch.

New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only (Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2012), edited by Andrei A. Orlov, TItle, authors and series title in varying shades of blue from light blue-gray to turquoise , which is vol. 4 of the series Studia Judaeoslavica, contains the collected proceedings from the Fifth Conference of the Enoch Seminar in Naples, Italy (June 14-18, 2009). It includes articles by Grant Macaskill, Liudmila Navtanovich, Anissava Miltenova et al.


Front cover of the book: top third is author name in gold, title in white, lower two-thirds of the cover is a fresco of the Archangel Michael from the Byzantine and Christian Museum in AthensOther works by Orlov include “Potaennye knigi”: iudeiskaia mistika v slavianskikh apokrifakh (2011), Dark Mirrors: Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology (2011; Project MUSE 2014), Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham (2013), Selected Studies in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (2009), Divine Manifestations in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (2009), From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism: Studies in the Slavonic Pseudepigraph (2007), and The Enoch-Metatron Tradition (2005).


Workshop on Women and Holiness in the Slavic Middle Ages


Today, at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, a workshop was held on “Productive Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies of Women and Holiness in the Slavic Middle Ages.” The conference is dedicated to the 160 anniversary of the death of Elena Muteva (1829-1854), a Bulgarian poet, translator, and folklorist, and is sponsored by the “Encyclopaedia Slavica Sanctorum: Saints and Holy Places in Bulgaria” project, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” and Manchester University in the UK.

Iskra Khristova-Shomova opened the conference, which consists of nine panels, where each speaker is given 10 minutes. The closing remarks were moderated by Maria Yovcheva.

Below is a list of the participants and their presentation titles. Click on this link for the abstracts of the talks in English.

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Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Tsvetelin Stepanov, “The Sanctity and the Capital: Trajectories of Women’s Protection”
Catherine Pancheva-Dikova, “How to Translate ‘Pokrov bogorodichen'”
Ana Stoykova, “‘Why have you come here? There are monks here, and you are a woman!’ (Women and Mount Athos in Byzantine and Slavonic Sources)”
Margaret Dimitrova, “Childbirth, Mothers and the Church: What Can We Learn from Medieval Euchologia?”
Julia Zlatkova, “Gender Specifics of Female Patronage and Charity in Late Antiquity”
Diana Atanasova-Pencheva, “The Betrothed and the Bride: Female Martyrdom as a Transformation of Social Roles”
Anisava Miltenova, “The Texts about Evil Women: Deviations of Biblical Stories”
Biliana Kourtasheva, “The Rehabilitation of the Stepmother”
Maya Petrova-Taneva, “Theodora the Queen of Tŭrnovo, Byzantine Empress Theophano, and the Bdinski Zbornik
Elka Bakalova, “Women Intellectuals in Byzantium: St. Catherine of Alexandria”
Dilyana Radoslavova, “The Semantics of Book Compilation or Topics as a Key in Composing Calendar-Oriented Collections”
Iliana Chekova, “The Repertoire and the Topoi of Women’s Holiness”
Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov, “The Rhetoric of Womanhood: Women in Hagiographical and Medical Discourse in the Slavic Orthodox Middle Ages”
Maria Yovcheva, “Abbas Zosimas from the Vita of St. Mary of Egypt”
Maria Schnitter, “The Specifics of Women’s Holiness in the Orthodox Tradition: The Question of the Saint-Prostitute”
Radoslava Stankova, “The History of the Cult of St. Petka of Tŭrnovo (Paraskeva of Epivat) according to South Slavic Written Sources”
Evelina Mineva, “Byzantine Hymnographic Works of St. Paraskeva of Epivat and their Slavonic Translation”
Desislava Lilova, “Secular and Church Geography in the Imagination of the Period of the Bulgarian Revival”
Vladimir Dimitrov, “Identity Transformations of the Women Saints in Bulgarian Lands at the Time of the Late Revival Period”
Katya Staneva
, “Reception and Ideology: the ‘Turkish Tales’ in Bulgarian Booklets (Bŭlgarski knizhnitsi)”
Olga Todorova, “Maiden in Prison: Women’s Martyrdom in the Time of the Ottoman Rule – the Historical Realia and the Literary Folk Fictions”


Recent Acquisitions to the HRL, December 2012


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“Saints and Sainthood in Central and Eastern Europe” (Sofia, 2012)


Ангушева-Тиханова, Аделина, Маргарет Димитрова, Росина Костова, и Росен Р. Малчев, состав. In Stolis Repromissionis: Светци и святост в централна и източна Европа. София: Импресарско издателска къща “РОД,” 2012.



photo of the book coverDitommaso, Lorenzo, and Christfried Böttrich, eds., with the assistance of Marina Swoboda. The Old Testament Apocrypha in the Slavonic Tradition: Continuity and Diversity. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 140. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.



Garipzanov, Ildar H., ed. Historical Narratives and Christian Identity on a European Periphery: Early History Writing in Northern, East-Central, and Eastern Europe (c. 1070-1200). Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 26. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2011.




Петков, Петко Д. Ръкопис 2/23 от сбирката на Рилския манастир: Сборник с жития от края на XV век. Библиотека отець Неофитъ Рыльскый том 3. София: Херон Прес, 2011.

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Rila Ms. 2/23, Miscellany of Saints’ Lives from the 15th Century





“Description of the Slavic Manuscripts in the Church, Historical and Archival Institute – Sofia,” vol. 1

Христова, Боряна, Елисавета Мусакова, Елена Узунова. Опис на славянските ръкописи в Църковно-Историческия и Aрхивен Институт – София, т. I: Библейски книги.София: Борина, 2009.