Christian, Jewish and Muslim Translations of The Bible and Koran In Byelorussia: XVIth –XIXth Centuries

The period of the 16th and 17th centuries was an exiting time in the cultural history of the Belarusian lands. The early 16th century saw the publication in Prague of Francis Skarynaís translation of the Bible into a Belarusian recension of Church Slavonic and the translation of the Old Testament into an even more colloquial <Eastern Slavonic> by a Jewish translator at the close of the 15th century or early 16th century. The small Tatar community in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania also translated Muslim liturgical works into a form of colloquial Byelorussian...

...A comparison of the three liturgical translations by Christian, Jewish and Muslim speakers of Belarusian would undoubtedly contribute much to our understanding of colloquial Belarusian and Belarusian communal dialectology in the Belarusian lands in the 16th-17th centuries...

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