Definitions for old church slavonic
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Old′ Church′ Slavon′ic(n.)
(or Slav′ic )
the oldest attested Slavic language, extant in a group of manuscripts written before c1100, largely scripture and liturgical translations that were the outcome of Cyril and Methodius's mission to the Moravian Slavs in 863.
Ref: Abbr.: OCS 2
Origin of Old Church Slavonic:
Old Church Slavonic, Old Church Slavic, Church Slavic, Old Bulgarian(noun)
the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
Old Church Slavonic(ProperNoun)
The first literary and liturgical Slavic language.
Old Church Slavonic
Old Church Slavonic, also known as Old Church Slavic was the first Slavic literary language. The 9th century Byzantine Greek missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius are credited with standardizing the language and using it in translating the Bible and other Ancient Greek ecclesiastical texts as part of the Christianisation of the Slavic peoples. It is thought to have been based primarily on the dialect of the 9th century Byzantine Slavs living in the Province of Thessalonica. It played an important role in the history of the Slavic languages and served as a basis and model for later Church Slavonic traditions, and some Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches use Church Slavonic as a liturgical language to this day. As the oldest attested Slavic language, OCS provides important evidence for the features of Proto-Slavic, the unattested common ancestor of all Slavic languages.
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