Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14th

OLD CHURCH SLAVONIC WATCH: Today is the Feast Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius as celebrated by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion: Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Feb. 14 (Catholic News Service). They lived in the ninth century and were the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet. Their work is of interest to PaleoJudaica because many Old Testament pseudepigrapha survive in Old Church Slavonic or Church Slavonic. This is just the first round of celebration. Their day is also celebrated on 24 May in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Russia, and on 5 July in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Background on Cyril and Methodius, their alphabet, and Slavonic pseudepigrapha, is here and links.

Oh, and if you must have something for that other celebration today, see this post from a couple of years ago: Solomonic Valentine's Day cards.

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