The Old Church Slavonic Version


in The Early Versions of the New Testament

Published in print October 1977 | ISBN: 9780198261704
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682209 | DOI:
The Old Church Slavonic Version

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This chapter discusses the introduction of Christianity among the Slavs and the translation of the New Testament in that region. According to the Vita Constantini, Cyril devised the Glagolithic alphabet for the writing of Slavonic and began the translation of the Gospel. The earliest Old Church Slavonic manuscripts, preserving biblical, liturgical, and theological texts, are written in Glagolitic script. This chapter also provides a list of New Testament manuscripts in the Old Church Slavonic version and examines the limitations of Old Church Slavonic in representing Greek.

Keywords: Christianity; Slavs; New Testament; Vita Constantini; Cyril; Glagolitic; Slavonic; Old Church Slavonic; Greek

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Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Early Christianity

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