On May, 12th, 2007 950 years from that day when the scribe deacon Gregory has written on parchment aprakos Gospel Book for the city governor (posadnik) of Novgorod, Ostromir (hence the name of the book), were executed exactly. In the Institute of the Russian language named after V.V. Vinogradov (Russian Academy of Sciences) took place Cyrillo-Methodianum Readings, dedicated to the anniversary of the the earliest dated East Slavic book.
Addressing to opening of ceremonial session of the Academic Council of the Institute of the Russian language, corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences A.M. Moldovan has noted, that the anniversary forum reflects that interest which the Ostromir Gospel represents for historians, philologists, art critics and representatives of other areas of scientific knowledge. In the reports presented on Readings the new data about this unique manuscript have been reflected.
E.M. Vereschagin's report (Institute of the Russian language) has been devoted to the value of the Ostromir Gospel for a modern condition of Russian literary language. According to the lecturer, this earliest surviving dated Russian handwritten book remains a tuning fork of Russian literary language.
In E.S. Smirnova's report (The State Institute of art-critique) "The niniatures of the Ostromir Gospel: features of a composition" have been offered the art criticism analysis with the attraction of the Carolingian’s analogies, allowed to draw a conclusion about the West-European sources of the unique miniatures of this monument.
O.G. Uliyanov (St. Andrey Rublev’s Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art) in the report placed for doubt the existing opinion on the primary acceptance in the Russian Church of the worship rules of Constantinople origins. Based on the example of the Menologium of the Ostromir Gospel the lecturer has cited the new data, which attest to the fact that Russian divine service in the end of X - the middle of XI centuries has tested essential influence of the Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre Typicon. The source of the liturgical tradition of the Russian Church, by O.G.Ulyanov's opinion, became the Patriarchate of Antioch.
In a finishing part of the forum it has noted been, that though the Ostromir Gospel is located in the field of the sight of scientists already more than 200 years, it is far from studied; therefore the future promises to us still numerous scientific discoveries.
Based on materials of the Press-service of Institute of the Russian language (Russian Academy of Sciences)
"The Church Bulletin", June, 12th (361) 2007
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