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Religion and Society in RussiaThe Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries$
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Paul Bushkovitch

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195069464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069464.001.0001

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The Rise of the Sermon

The Rise of the Sermon

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(p.150) 7 The Rise of the Sermon
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Religion and Society in Russia
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Paul Bushkovitch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069464.003.0008

In the absence of contemporary texts or detailed descriptions of Zealot sermons, the sermons of Epifanii Slavinetskii and Simeon Polotskii provide the main body of known sermon material, and at the same time comprise the most important of the sermons delivered at court and in the chief Moscow churches for the whole period from about 1650 to 1680. However, the even greater changes that were afoot quickly relegated Simeon to relative obscurity, eclipsed as he was not only by later preachers but by the full brilliance of European secular culture. For the time, however, Epifanii Slavinetskii and Simeon Polotskii represented the mainstream of religion in Russia, and both used their talents and influence to try to form a religious consciousness that valued humility and generosity toward the poor above all.

Keywords:   Epifanii Slavinetskii, secular culture, Simeon Polotskii, Zealot sermons

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