Presentation of the Hand in the Portrait of reverend John Damasceńki Cover Image

К вопросу об изображении Руки в портрете преподобного Иоанна Дамаскина
Presentation of the Hand in the Portrait of reverend John Damasceńki

Author(s): Olga Anchimiuk, Władimir Zaika
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Theology and Religion, Semantics, Systematic Theology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: literature; portrait; description; shawl; turban; literatura; portret; opis; chusta

Summary/Abstract: Analysis of descriptions of the Saints and characteristics of their appearance includes a number of problem areas: a linguistic portrait, linguistic and nonlinguistic ways of describing the Saint and a problem of the body in culture. The paper concentrates on the means of describing the hand – a part of the body of Saint John of Damascus, which was a source of suffering and divine healing. A linguistic comparison of Saint John of Damascus’ history in Четьи Минеи св. Димитрия Ростовского (1689–1705) and Lives of the Saints of Old and New Order by priest P. Skarga shows that short description as the main feature of religious literature, explicit and implicit mentioning about the hand, both direct and descriptive one, take on significant meaning. A detailed analysis of the words used in both texts shows an important extension of the semantic field, relevant for the expression of religious meanings.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 11-23
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Russian