Ljubica Jovanovic, Vanderbilt University, American Public University System

Basil Lourié


This workshop provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of the scholarship on Slavonic Apocrypha. It is an intentionally broad workshop. Besides the traditionally understood Slavonic Apocrypha as Slavonic translations of Hellenistic pseudepigrapha, it also includes diverse sacred literature in Slavonic that accompanied the canonical biblical texts. As theological discourses, historiographies, hagiographies, epic poems, liturgical texts, and folk tales, they are intertwined with biblical texts in both Slavonic manuscripts and religious practice.

As a broad outline, the workshop will focus on the study of Slavonic Apocrypha as biblical reception history. The mechanism of intertextuality in Slavic religious literature was more powerful and longstanding than the assessment of marginality and the differentiation of the texts according to canonical/non-canonical. The study of the appropriation of the biblical canon in Slavonic sacred Christian texts may help the ongoing discussion among biblical scholars in finding a comprehensive term for apocalyptic, pseudepigraphical, and apocryphal literature.

This workshop addresses the pressing need for a platform where European scholars of Slavonic Apocrypha can express their concerns, discuss solutions, and set mutual goals in studying these texts in their own right. It will promote the publication of critical editions of Slavonic Apocrypha and discuss the concerns over the digitization project of Slavonic manuscripts. While the name “Slavonic Apocrypha” is inadequate for this corpus of literature, we will wait and allow the consensus of the scholars of the field to lead us to a better one.

Call for Papers

Papers that address any aspect of the scholarship on Slavonic Apocrypha are welcome. We will especially welcome the engagement of the study of Slavonic Apocrypha as biblical reception history, among the Slavs as well as before their translation into Slavonic. Special attention will be paid to the apocryphal material preserved within the Slavonic versions of some biblical and other books.

Current studies of Slavonic Apocrypha, as well as the future of the field itself, will be also discussed. It includes the interaction with scholars of Hellenistic Jewish texts on the matter of comprehensive terminology for apocryphal, apocalyptic, and pseudepigraphical literature. The proposals that set realistic and innovative goals to the study of the Slavonic religious literature will be favorably considered.

Among the open call for papers the chairs envision one session of invited papers that address the current status and the future of the scholarship of Slavonic Apocrypha.