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Южнославянската ръкописна традиция на книга Битие (археография, структура и сегментация на текста)
The South Slavonic Manuscript Tradition of the Book of Genesis: Archeography, Textual Structure and Segmentation

Author(s): Tatyana Slavova
Subject(s): History, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Theology and Religion, Translation Studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Book of Genesis; South Slavonic tradition; South Slavonic copies; text structure; segmentation of the text; Middle Bulgarian hyparchetype; Turnovo

Summary/Abstract: The article studies the South Slavonic tradition of the biblical Book of Genesis, preserved in eight copies from the 15th–16th century. The orthographic and phonetical features, text structure, and the segmentation of the text by headings in all known South Slavonic copies point to a common Middle Bulgarian hyparchetype (х1) of Turnovo provenance, dating from the fourteenth century. This hyparchetype apparently had mechanical defects – missing or misplaced book chapters from the Оctateuch, and included as interpolations at least two excerpts from Palaea Historica and three unidentified non-Biblical fragments. Significantly, it segmented the text of the Book of Genesis (Оctateuch) by means of interpretative titles that, in addition to their exegetic function, most probably had a liturgical role. These headings were secondary to the translation and could be attributed to scolarly activity in Turnovo. The Middle Bulgarian hyparchetype (х1) generated at least two copies that turned into protographs (P1 and P2). P1 served as the foundation of Wallachian-Moldavian manuscripts (such as GIM–Moscow, Barsov collection, No. 3; Collection of the Romanian Academy of Sciences No. 85; RGB–Moscow, Rumyantsev collection, No. 29), whereas P2 gave rise to the five manuscripts originating from Western Bulgarian lands and Serbia (RGB–Moscow, Grigorovich collection, f. 87, No. 1/М 1684; Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb, No. ІІІ.с.17; RGB–Moscow, Sevastiyanov collection, f.270, No. 1/M. 1431; Church-Historical and Archival Institute, Sofia, No. 351; Krushedol Monastery, No. 81). While P1 restricts the additional headings only to the main text, P2 expands their use to the manuscript’s margins as well. P2 includes also a short description and interpretation of the first five Old Testament books.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 57-58
  • Page Range: 96-127
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: Bulgarian