Bdinski sbornik

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Reviews of the editions


Separate entries

1 The Story of Mary, Abraham’s niece (ff. 1–17v)

The story of Mary, Abraham’s niece (the feast day, October 29, is not mentioned) is actually the second part of the Life of the mid-fourth-century hermit Abraham of Qidun (BHO 16–17; BHG 5–7). A group of hymns dedicated to Abraham is traditionally—probably erroneously—attributed to Ephrem the Syrian (d. 373), as is the hermit’s Life. The text, originally written in Syriac and translated early on into Greek and Latin, is left anonymous in the earliest Syriac manuscripts and presumably belongs to the fifth century. In the Slavonic tradition, the text, which has often been noted as closer to the Syriac and the old Latin translations than to the (published) Greek text, is always ascribed to Ephrem and is found as a part (ch. 48 or 49) of the anthology of Ephrem’s works under the title Paraenesis, the translation and compilation of which belong to the Symeonic period. Glagolitic fragments found in the Rila Monastery testify to the early date of the Paraenesis translation (ed. Gošev), and thus of the Abraham text. As in the Greek and Latin traditions, the part of the text devoted to Mary is found as an independent story in Slavonic. It occurs in some thirty known manuscripts from throughout Slavia Orthodoxa, either as a part of the Abraham Vita or as an independent text, either in the context of Ephrem’s Paraenesis or in menologia and miscellanea.

2 St Theodora of Alexandria (ff. 17v-39)

3 St Thecla (ff. 39–58)

4 St Petka (Parasceve) of Rome (ff. 58–72)

5 St Barbara (ff. 72–77)

6 St Marina (ff. 77–106v)

7 St Thais (ff. 106v-111)

8 Synaxarion notes (ff. 111–114v)

9 St Euphrosyne (114v-125)

10 St Catherine (ff.125v-143)

11 St Juliana (ff. 143v–162)

12 St Mary of Egypt (ff. 162–191)

13 St Eupraxia (ff. 191–234)

14 Topography of Jerusalem (ff. 234–241)