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Messianic Passages Of The Book Of Sirach In The Translation Of St. Methodius

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This chapter analyses the problem on the basis of the material of the earliest complete Slavic copy of the book. It gives several examples also from the most important part of the Book of Sirach linked with the problem of messianism the so-called Hymn to the Fathers in chapters 4450. The chapter points to the passages whose meaning is clear and which can give us material for conclusions regarding the attitude of the translator and the copyists towards the messianic ideas. It is necessary, however, to stress that in the text as a whole there are many linguistic archaisms, which modern scholars consider to be characteristic of the Cyrillo-Methodian translations. Here, of course, there is no time to analyse the proofs that Methodius did the first translation of this book into Slavic as part of his entire translation of the Bible made in the end of his life.

Keywords: Book of Sirach; Cyrillo-Methodian translations; messianism; St. Methodius



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