Features of citation for Acts and the epistles in archpriest Avvakum’s literary works


The article focuses on quotations from Acts and the Epistles in the literary works of Archpriest Avvakum (the 17th century). The function of the quotes determines their citation style. The quotes which function as theological arguments have source references, whereas the key quotes and reminiscences do not. Certain quotes have much in common with a narrative genre and possess unique features characteristic of this author, an ideologist of Russian Old Believers. The unique function of the quotes in Avvakum’s writings is the author’s biographical identification with the apostle Paul.

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OCS Apostle, Archpriest Avvakum’s literary works, quotation.

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