The Bible in Ukraine: History, Language and Topicality


The proposed workshop, The Bible in Ukraine: History, Language, and Topicality, concentrates on the reception of Holy Writ in the Ruthenian (Ukrainian) lands from the 10th century onward. Paleographic, linguistic, textual, and topical issues of the interpretation of the Bible in Ukraine are discussed through the prism of principles and methods of textual criticism, codicology, and Biblical exegesis. A variety of Biblical texts, including the “Ukrainian vernacular Bible”, are analyzed from the point of view of their intertextuality and typology. A particular emphasis is placed on the historical dimensions of the Church Slavonic language and vernacular Ukrainian as practiced in Kyivan Rus’, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, as well as Habsburg- and Russia-ruled parts of Ukraine. Major features of the Ukrainian recension are discussed in the context of essential distinctions of the other redactions of Church Slavonic.



Old Church Slavonic, Ukrainian Recension of Church Slavonic, Biblical Studies, Slavia Orthodoxa, Ukrainian Bible



Andriy Danylenko

Pace University


Serhii Holovashchenko

National University of Kyiv Mohyia Academy


Jerzy Ostapczuk

Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw

Syracuse 2023 Call for Papers

The proposed workshop will host two special sessions in Syracuse 2023:

The first session will focus on the typological classification of early printed Cyrillic scriptures extant from Ruthenia (Ukraine), with an emphasis on the textual criticism and Biblical exegesis of the respective biblical or para-biblical texts 

The second session of invited papers will be dealing with linguistic, paleographic, and orthographic features of medieval Ruthenian (Ukrainian) manuscripts and early printed books of Holy Scriptures, as well as biblical texts written in standard vernacular extant from the times of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and layer. Papers on the history and features of the Ukrainian recension of Church Slavonic are particularly welcome

Other contributions exploring the Bible taken in its interdisciplinary dimensions are particularly welcome.