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   Illuminated Armenian Manuscript from Akhalkalaki, Georgia, Photograph by Olena Antonova.

Illuminated Armenian Manuscript from Akhalkalaki, Georgia, Photograph by Olena Antonova

Welcome to Paradosis.

In 2008, Fieldstead and Company, a private philanthropic foundation, granted the University of Virginia the means to enhance its library’s holdings in Eastern Orthodox Christianity under the tutelage of Professor Vigen Guroian of the Department of Religious Studies. The goal of this acquisitions project, which is ongoing, is to create a unique and thorough collection of Orthodox books at UVA. The collection includes the canon of Byzantine and Slavic theological and liturgical texts, contemporary Orthodox theological works from around the world, and materials from the minority Orthodox traditions: Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopic, and Coptic.

Rich bibliographic metadata about each of the texts are held in Zotero, in Paradosis’ Fully Searchable Zotero Bibliogaphy. There information about the Paradosis texts can be searched by genre, tradition, and subject matter. A Simple Bibliography is also available. Featured Texts of the Collection are regularly showcased. A fellowship with UVA’s Science, Humanities & Arts Network Technological Initiative (SHANTI) provided Paradosis with valuable technical guidance and inspiration.

“Paradosis” comes from 2 Thessalonians 2:15 when Paul exhorts his readers: “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions [plural, paradoseis] which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”

For more information about Paradosis, contact Professor Vigen Guroian or graduate student Carrie Frederick Frost.