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Voitenko Anton

The course of lectures on hagiology by Georgy Fedotov at the Theological Institute in Paris. New evidence


Voitenko Anton (2016) "The course of lectures on hagiology by Georgy Fedotov at the Theological Institute in Paris. New evidence ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2016, vol. 49, pp. 24-35 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII201649.24-35

Abstract

The article based on the data of Bakhmetev Archive at Columbia University (New York) explores a composition, the main problems and sources of the course on hagiology by Georgy Fedotov which he gave at the Theological Institute in Paris. The studies of a preserved syllabus of the course and other documents allow to conclude that the the sources of it were the studies by Georgy Fedotov on early medieval Church during his Petersburg’s period, publications of the Bollandists (primarily Hippolyte Delehaye’s works), the works of German scholars (the Church historians, theologians and philologists), with whom Fedotov could learn during his deportation to Germany (1906–1908). The part of the course’s materials (especially for Oriental monastic hagiography) was probably studied by him later, in Paris. The article also focuses on the difference between the concepts of “hagiography” and “hagiology”, which was essential for Fedotov. The studies of the syllabus lead to the conclusion that it presents only a part of the real course by Fedotov. In particular, the syllabus has no section on Russian hagiography. In his autobiography, Fedotov pointed out that in the course of lectures was included Russian hagiography, which later was the subject of his independent research. It is puzzling the absence of a section on the Palestinian hagiography that Fedotov considered as very important sourse for the Russian monastic mind. It is possible that the syllabus presents a condensed course on hagiology that Fedotov gave in the fi rst half of the year (1938), since January 1939 he received a semi-sabbatical leave and went to England.

Keywords

Christian literarure, Georgy Fedotov, hagiography, hagiology, the archives of the Russian emigration

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