The Archbishop of Astrakhan and Caucasus Sylvester (Lebedinsky) as Biblical Scholar and Interpreter of Christ’s Parables
Archpriest Ioann (Erekle) Kvanchiani, Lecturer, Tbilisi Theological Academy, external postgraduate student, Saint Petersburg Theological Academy (Georgia, Tbilisi)
Defining the genre of parable as a form of refined figurative language, Archimandrite Silvester (Lebedinsky) perfectly kept up with the times. His depiction of the mythological plot in the brightly recognizable images had an effect of allegory, actively used by the aesthetic systems of baroque and early classicism. The context proposed by Archimandrite Sylvester was not a situational one but only a conversational one. However, the author himself used actively the parable language, borrowing his allegorical forms from the Gospels. He noted that the Savior’s parables were both impermeable and open to common people. Archimandrite Sylvester’s work is focused on moral theology based on the evangelical context.
Keywords: the Parables, Gospel, Sylvester (Lebedinsky), biblical studies,literary genre