Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the English edition of the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, written by the Russian Orthodox scholar Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is a lecturer in linguistics at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia.
In this book, Dmitrieva Micallef reveals and conveys the meaning and outlook of each letter in the Church Slavonic alphabet, with their inherent divine wisdom and cognitive/educative functions. Church Slavonic is the proto-Slav language of Saints Cyril and Methodius, that significantly influenced Russian language, literature, and culture. It is also the old liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. Dmitrieva Micallef explores the origin and intersection of Russian and other Slavonic languages, expertly showing how sociocultural values in both Russia and Orthodoxy were formed through Church Slavonic. Similarities and differences between the Church Slavonic and Russian languages are clarified. Readers are introduced to Church Slavonic as a way of communicating with God, since the alphabet itself, combined together, results in a homily, with the divine wisdom found therein providing the Word of God for a deep spiritual journey.
Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.) is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon, and other major booksellers. The book is also available in paperback and ebook editions in the Russian language.
– Exciting journey through the history of the Russian language and culture through Church Slavonic letters, highly recommended – Marina Tikhonycheva, Ph.D., Rector, Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture.
– The book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters corresponds to the requirements established for such a work and is highly recommended for publication – Archpriest Andrey Khokhlov, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya, Moscow.
– Fascinating, combines profundity of thought and scientific content. Useful not only for those who are Orthodox, but also for those interested in Russian culture and language – Vladimir Eger, Catechist, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya.
– Shows close connection between Russian and Church Slavonic, expressing divine wisdom and the original ideology of the Slavs – Anastasiya Piskunova, Master of History, Faculty at Moscow State University.