The Anatomy of the Key Codices and the Ontogeny of Prosvetitel’

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The textual development of Iosif Volotskii’s influential Book against the Novgorod Heretics or Prosvetitel’ remains in dispute. Aleksei Alekseev (2010/2012) has recently challenged Iakov Lur’e’s scheme (1955/1960): from Iosif’s discourses and epistles, to Brief with 11 discourses, to more discourses and epistles, to Extended with 16 discourses. Alekseev proposes instead: Extended with 13 discourses, to both Prosv-11 (this essay’s shorthand) and Prosv-16, and from these to all of Iosif’s relevant, cognate discourses and epistles. Differences in applying literary, textual, editorial, and historical criticism may be unresolvable. But evidence from the structural hints within the texts and the actual physical anatomy – the quires and individually glued pieces of paper, whose analysis Andrei Pliguzov pursued to special advantage (1986/1992–1993) – indicate a progression from a Brief Prosv-11, or maybe Prosv-10 at first, to an imaginable Prosv-12 or -13, to Prosv-16, as well as other earlier and intermediary possibilities.

The Anatomy of the Key Codices and the Ontogeny of Prosvetitel’

in Canadian-American Slavic Studies




Ia. S. Lur’e“Iosif Volotskii kak publitsist i obshchestvennyi deiatel’,” in Poslaniia Iosifa Volotskogo (hereafter PIV) ed. Lur’e and A.A. Zimin (Moscow-Leningrad: Izd. Akademii nauk SSSR 1959) pp. 19–97.


AfED pp. 461–463.


A.I. AlekseevPod znamenem kontsa veka (St. Petersburg: «Aleitiia»2002); Sochineniia Iosifa Volotskogo v kontekste polemiki 1480–1540-kh gg. (hereafter SIVKP; St. Petersburg: Rossiiskaia natsional’naia biblioteka 2010); Religioznye dvizheniia na Rusi poslednei treti XIV-nachala XVI v.: strigol’niki i zhidovstvuiushchie (hereafter RDR) (Moscow: “Indrik” 2012).


AfED pp. 503–510 513–520.


AfED pp. 335 356.


AfED p. 474.


Compare the published texts in AfED pp. 466–477 and 477–486. The greatest differences are found among Brief Redaction Skazanie variants: see below paragraph to notes 47–48 and note 48.


Compare especially AfED pp. 470 476–477 (for Sol. 326 and the «Р» variants for Rog. 530) and TSLfond Glav. bib. no. 1 87 fols. 61–61v 73–73v 306 (accessed 4 September 2013); and see above text to note 28.


Andrei Pliguzov“O khronologii poslanii Iosifa Volotskogo,” in Russkii feodal’nyi arkhiv5 (1992): 1053–1054.


AfED pp. 498–500; KNEIV p. 100.


AfED pp. 452 (incl. note 11) 455.

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