“The Multiplicity of Literary Forms”
Vanue: Prof. Ana Kharanauli (Tbilisi State University) and Prof. Michael Stone (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
Moderator: Prof. David Prangishvili (Academic Director, AETH).
Date: 24 June, 2019.
The Seminar - “The Multiplicity of Literary Forms” was held by the Academia Europaea Tbilisi Knowledge Hub and the Center for Eastern Christian Studies under the DSS at Tbilisi State University.
Prof. Ana Kharanauli talked about the newly established Center of Eastern Christian Studies – the purpose and the aim of the Center. She said: “Today, when the idea of the unitary Europe is being searched, one can observe intensifying of conflicts between proponents of the national states and the global space, between Islamic and Christian worlds, the historical East has become a polygon of conflicts, one of the ways for overcoming the conflicts is in-depth study of cultural-historical roots. The geographical position of Georgia, its historical experience, its living religious tradition and also the novelty of the Georgian material, the experience in study of ancient languages (ancient Georgian, ancient Armenian, ancient Greek, Syriac, Hebrew) and culture provides the Center of Eastern Christian Studies established at the Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University a well-grounded ambition for becoming a multidisciplinary research center the final aim of which is to study the in which the local traditions and national culture were developed and formed within the global Christian civilization.
In Prof. Michael Stone’s lecture was discussed Biblical text and Armenian retelling. In Armenian manuscripts numerous and varied compositions are found which re-tell or discuss, in one or another literary form, the narratives and other information found into the Old Testament. On one hand, these documents raise queries about how biblical material was learned and transmitted in the Middle Ages. On the other hand, the extent and variety of re-uses of biblical material, raise questions about the attitudes to the Bible and its text as well as to the study of it. In this lecture Prof. Sone explored a number of types or genres of such biblically-related material and varieties of ways in which such texts relate to and make use of the biblical text.