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In Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, Dmitrieva Micallef reveals and conveys the meaning and outlook of each letter in the Church Slavonic alphabet, with their inherent divine wisdom and cognitive/educative functions. Church Slavonic is the proto-Slav language of Saints Cyril and Methodius, that significantly influenced Russian language, literature, and culture. It is also the old liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. Dmitrieva Micallef explores the origin and intersection of Russian and other Slavonic languages, expertly showing how sociocultural values in both Russia and Orthodoxy were formed through Church Slavonic. Similarities and differences between the Church Slavonic and Russian languages are clarified. Readers are introduced to Church Slavonic as a way of communicating with God, since the alphabet itself, combined together, results in a homily, with the divine wisdom found therein providing the Word of God for a deep spiritual journey.
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Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., double graduated as a translator and interpreter from Krasnoyarsk State University, and as a teacher from the State Pedagogical University in Russia. She obtained her doctorate from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, with the dissertation Linguosemiotic theories of Rene de Saussure as a stage of structuralism formation. Dmitrieva Micallef has lectured in linguistics and taught both English and Latin at Lomonosov State University. She also taught English and French at the Academy of Foreign Languages, Moscow, and worked as translator and teacher of English at the Consulate of Denmark. For the past seven years, Dmitrieva Micallef has been a lecturer in linguistics and teacher of English, French, Latin, and Turkish at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia. Since 2014 she has lectured on Church Slavonic in Sunday school at the Orthodox Parish of Saint John the Apostle's Church in Bronnaya Sloboda, Moscow, Russia.
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