SPF 4 – Byzantine Hymnography

Jaakko Henrik Olkinuora:
Byzantine Hymnography for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos: An Intermedial Approach. Doctoral Dissertation.
Studia Patristica Fennica 4, 2015

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Jaakko Olkinuora examines the Byzantine hymnography written for the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, celebrated on November 21, from an intermedial perspective, connecting it to the relevant homiletic, musical, and iconographic material.

The study demonstrates how these liturgical arts are inextricably connected in the the context of worship, both in terms of content and presentation. The Byzantine conceptions of rhetoric and exegesis penetrate all phases of artistic creation, and their final purpose is to elevate believers to communion with God and His saints in eschatologically-oriented, ”liturgical time.”

The analysis is based on both previously published and unpublished hymnographic texts. One of the major contributions of the present volume is a modern edition and English translation of the unpublished hymns.

ISBN 978-952-68145-6-8 (nid.)
ISBN 978-952-68879-7-5 (PDF)
ISSN 2341-7447 Studia Patristica Fennica