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Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution$
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Vera Shevzov

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195154657.001.0001

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Temple Dialectics

Temple Dialectics

Sacred Place and the Claim on Orthodox Identity

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(p.54) 2 Temple Dialectics
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Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution
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Vera Shevzov (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195154657.003.0003

The temple played a pivotal role in fostering Orthodox identity in late imperial rural Russia. It had three overarching functions. First as an “official” sacerdotal structure that impressed meaning on a locality through its presence. Second, it served as a narrative repository for both personal and shared religious experiences of lay persons. Third, it was an enduring forum for relational dialectics with respect to both the internal life of the faith community and the world outside it.

Keywords:   temple, Russian Orthodoxy, identity, imperial rural Russia

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