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„Слово за зачатието на св. Анна“ – една вероятно старобългарска творба
The Sermon on the Conception of St. Ann – a Possible Old Bulgarian Original Work

Author(s): Klimentina Ivanova
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: THE SERMON ON THE CONCEPTION OF ST. ANN – A POSSIBLE OLD BULGARIAN ORIGINAL WORK KLIMENTINA IVANOVA (SOFIA) (S u m m a r y) The “Sermon on the Conception of St. Ann, when she Conceived the Holy Theotokos” is a rhetorical work which can be found under December 9th in a considerable number of Slavic transcripts contained in Reading Menologies from the 14th to the 17th century. A Greek counterpart has not been found so far. The Slavic text follows the classical form of the Greek sermons and has a clearly outlined and wellconsidered structure. Partially the “Sermon on the Conception of St. Ann” is based upon the so-called Protoevangelion of Jacob. Although its earliest preserved copies date from the 14th century, it reveals Old Bulgarian linguistic peculiarities. Its literary qualities point to a talented and emotional preacher, well-acquainted with the model of the sermon who freely interpreted the texts he knew. The collation reveals that he used the fi rst Old Bulgarian translation the Protoevangelion of Jacob. The analysis suggests that the Sermon was composed not later than in the 10th century. Its stylistic features are more similar to those of St. Clement than to the works of the Exarch John. Without excluding the possibility that the Sermon derives from an unknown Greek original, the assumption is made that it could have been written by an Old Bulgarian author who had learned the principles of Byzantine rhetorics.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 41-42
  • Page Range: 77-86
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian