Apocryphal Stories about Angels in "Paley Tolkova"

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Abstract

In the Old Russian Palea, which begins with a story about the creation of the world with extensive interpretations borrowed from the works of Severian of Gabala, Basil the Great, the interpretations of John Chrysostom on the Book of Genesis, the works of Epiphanius of Cyprus, “The Six Days” by John the Exarch of Bulgaria, the appearance of the earthly angels precedes the creation of the earthly world. The doctrine of the angelic ranks is based on the testimonies of the Old Testament about seraphim, cherubim, powers, angels and the New Testament information about thrones, dominions, powers, principles, archangels. In early patristics, the classification of heavenly powers belongs to Gregory the Theologian, as well as to Cyril of Jerusalem. The systematic doctrine of the hierarchy of heavenly forces belongs to Dionysius the Areopagite: in his work "On the heavenly hierarchy."

General Information

Keywords: Palea, genesis, angelic ranks, Apocalypse, Dionysius the Areopagite, dogmatic theology, exegesis

Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/langt.2021080202

Received: 15.05.2021

Accepted:

For citation: Dergacheva I.V. Apocryphal Stories about Angels in "Paley Tolkova" [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2021. Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 21–27. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2021080202. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Irina V. Dergacheva, Doctor of Philology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department "Linguodidactics and Intercultural Communication" of the Institute "Foreign Languages, Modern Communications and Management", Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4878-2027, e-mail: dergachevaiv@mgppu.ru

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