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Литературный феномен «переписывания» (‘rewriting’) в Исторической Палее и Авраамовом цикле славянских сборников
The Literary Phenomenon of ‘Rewriting’ in the Palaea Historica and the Cycle About Abraham in Slavic Collections

Author(s): Vadim Vitkovskiy, Maria Vitkovskaja
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Rewritten Bible; Palaea Historica; Slavonic Abraham’s cycle

Summary/Abstract: In 1961, Geza Vermes coined the term “rewritten Bible,” which originally was meant as a designation for antique and medieval Jewish legends about the patriarch Abraham in different ways transforming the text of chapters 11 to 25 of Genesis. Later this term was assigned to a broader circle of Jewish texts and more recently it is often in use in scholarly works on Early Christian literature. At the same time, there is no doubt that the legends about Abraham are still one of the best examples of the rewriting method. This is true especially for Abrahamic texts which were in use since 9th century in Byzantium and among Southern (partly also Eastern) Slavic peoples. The paper deals with rewriting methods used in the Palaea Historica (including its Slavonic translations) and in the texts of Abraham’s cycle contained in many Slavic miscellanies (sborniki), which probably also had Greek origins.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 265-278
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Russian