Berlinski Sbornig

Ms. slav. Wuk 48 - Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin, Germany)

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276 pages / 19.5 x 14.0 cm

Around 1300

Short description

The influence of the Byzantines on Slavic language, culture, and religion is apparent even today. Much of the linguistic history of this development is represented in the Berlinski Sbornig, a collected volume of texts written in Greek and Slavic addressing a wide range of issues relating to the church and theology. It is a unique manuscript because of the diverse compilation of texts, some rather mundane and others controversial, which were united into a single codex ca. 1300.

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An Outstanding Collection of Rexts

Unlike the Mihanovic Homilarium, which was produced by the same workshop belonged to the same epoch, this "collected codex" or "sbornig", named after its abode in Berlin, unifies Greek texts, genuine Slavic writings, and elementary-compilative compositions with their own uniqueness. The total assortment of themes addressed in the Berlin Sbornig ranges from canonical and apophthegmatic works of little authority to apocryphal and half-apocryphal literature with echatological or prognostic themes. Separately emphasized are, amongst others, the well-known struggle between body and soul; the sensory picture parabola of the blind and the lame, a hymn about Saint Paraskeue-Petka, as well as the middle-Bulgarian treatment of the Chrabr Treatise and the Constantine creation of the Slavic alphabet.

History of the Greek and Slavic Languages

Therefore this codex from ca. 1300 also sets a very high benchmark from a linguistic perspective even though it is incompletely preserved and possesses the same importance for the Slavic people as the Byzantine and also the Canonistic oriented theologian. In the existing volume, the Berlinski Sbornik is not only published for the first time in its entirety with the kind cooperation of the Gosudarstvennaja Publicnaja Library in M.E. Saltykova-Scedrina but also every part is included, which with 100 percent certainty were part of the original holdings of Berlinski Sbornik and were kept in his Leningrad duplicate copy.

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