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The first issue of the journal Nicholai Studies

“Tucindan — the birthday of someone who is destined to wander around the world” (“Tucindan” — a Serbian traditional pre-holiday two days before Christmas, and here a wordplay which Velimirovich used: it could be rendered as “the day of wanderers.” In this manner, Bishop Nicholai dated a letter which he sent from Lakavana to Fr. Aleksa Todorović in Munich on January 5, 1952 — cf. CW, XIII, 687) 

On the 140th anniversary of the birth of Nicholai Velimirovich, the first issue of the journal Nicholai Studies has been published. Both printed and digital copy of the first issue of Nicholai Studies are stored in the Repository of the National Library of Serbia: http://repozitorijum.nb.rs/repozitorijum.aspx?issn=2738-1064 The journal is available online as an open-access publication: https://nicholaistudies.org/ The next issue of the journal is scheduled for the second half of the year. The next issue will be published in English and Serbian. 

Aristotle in Byzantium

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The reception of Ancient Greek Philosophy in Christian thought was for a long time considered under the “pro-crustean” scheme of “Platonic East” and “Aristotelean West”. However, through different studies, books, and critical editions it has been shown that Aristotle—whether he was neglected as kakotechnos or, again, treat-ed in a more affirmative way—was very well-known not only in the West but also in the Eastern Roman Empire. This fact is testified by generations of authors adopting, adapting, commenting, and criticizing the Stagirite, whose works have survived through over than 1000 of Byzantine manuscripts. This volume offers twelve scien-tific studies on different topics of Aristotelean philoso-phy that are to be found in Patristic writers and Byzan-tine philosophers. These studies show that the Stagirite was vividly present in Eastern Roman Empire from the first centuries of its existence till the Fall of Constantinople, which means that one may even speak of an uninterrupted tradition of commenting Aristotle in Byzan-tium. The volume can be treated as some kind of continuation of a previously published book The Ways of Byzantine Philosophy.

John Chrysostom on the Roman Empire: A study on the Political Thought of the Early Church

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During the 20th century, the patristic scholarship was only able to address the political thought of John Chrysostom in a piecemeal fashion. The present study constitutes the first systematic attempt to remedy this situation by providing a more all-encompassing view of the great Church Father's thinking about public life in Christian antiquity. Its first part is devoted to Chrysostom's perception of the relationship between Church and state. His view of his time's central state authority, the Roman Empire, is carefully reconstructed from select passages in his homiletic corpus. Particular care is taken to highlight the substantial differences between John Chrysostom and Eusebius of Caesarea insofar as their attitude toward the Roman Εmpire is concerned; these differences become visible primarily in the way that the two ecclesiastical authors make use of the motif of "synchronic parallelism," that is to say, the temporal coincidence of Jesus' birth with Octavius Augustus' autocracy and the spread of the Pax Romana throughout the entire Mediterranean world.

Philosophical and Theological Question in Late Byzantium: George Pachymere's Paraphrasis of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite's De divinis nominibus

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George Pachymeres (1242-c.1310) is considered one of the most significant representatives of the Palaeolagan Renaissance in literature and arts, which provided a new style to the spiritual paths. His entire work radiates Aristotelian thought. Pachymeres presents the whole of the Dionysian corpus with a fascination for its internal formation encyclopedism.

However, his main contribution lies in the fact that he established the philosophical and theological requirements for a scientific and rational understanding of the sensible world as a renewed theophany, which is clearly compatible with the principles of the Christian faith.

About Serbian Children’s Day, Mother’s Day, And Father’s Day

imageThe following is from the book, “Divine Liturgy, Prayers, Catechism,” St. Sava Seminary Fund, 1979. 

Among many national customs, the Serbs have a special one in which we REMEMBER and TIE as well as give gifts on Children’s, Mother’s, and Father’s Day.