Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - News

The fifth issue of the Nicholai Studies, an international journal for the research of theological and ecclesiastical contribution of Nicholai Velimirovich (1881–1956), as well as the wider context in which he lived and created, is published.

In the fifth issue of the Nicholai Studies, an overview of the insights of Saint Bishop Nicholai on socio-political topics was published, which was prepared through the research of the Velimirovich’s Prologue of Ohrid by Very Rev. Archpriest John David Finley, Vice-Chairman of the St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology in San Ynez, California, serving also as Chairman of the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.

The article written by Dr. Nemanja Radulović, professor of the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, based on the archive material of the New Atlantis Foundation, shows how the circle of panhumanists from the twenties of the last century was essentially the Serbian branch of the network of Dimitrije Mitrinović (1887–1953); Nicholai Velimirovich, who connected with them during his stay in London, distanced himself from this group after the First World War — to the disappointment of Mitrinović’s followers, as their correspondence from the third decade of the 20th century shows.

What Bishop Nicholai was dealing with in the early twenties of the 20th century is shown by his letter to Archpriest Stevan Dimitrijević (1866–1953) dated December 12, 1921, which was interpreted with an introductory text and commentary by Nemanja Andrijašević, a doctoral student at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade. From the Bishop’s letter, we learn some information about the God Worshiper movement [or God–Prayer movement — Bogomoljački pokret], the situation in the Diocese of Ohrid, as well as about the attitude of the Serbian army towards the state of Albania. This letter was found in the Archives of Archpriest Dimitrijević in the Provincial State Archives of Kosovo and Metohija in Priština and is being published for the first time.

Deacon Budimir Kokotović from the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate in his article provides a brief overview of the life and activities of Archpriest Aleksa Todorović (1899–1990), a longtime associate of Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich. Publications of the “Svečanik” Library were published under the direct leadership of Todorović, including several works by Bishop Nicholai.

An overview of the life and work of Nicholai Velimirovich is provided by Ljupka Katana, a doctoral student at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade. This short biography of Bishop Nicholai, in which special attention is paid to his diplomatic skills, was written based on the literature and research of previous authors and the author's separate research in Anglo-American countries.

Presbyter Dušan Đaković, a doctoral student at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Kapodistrian National University in Athens, writes about a new edition — a diptych by Dr. Snežana Adamović published under the dual title of Contemplation of the Sermons at the Foot of the Mount and Petar II Petrović Njegoš in the Critical Thought of Nicholai Velimirovich.

The Nicholai Studies journal is available in open access. The fifth issue of the journal can be downloaded at https://nicholaistudies.org/2023/III/5. The next issue of the Nicholai Studies should be published in July 2023, God willing.

The Nicholai Studies journal is added to the doiSerbia Repository: http://www.doiserbia.nb.rs/, as well as to the DOAJ index: https://doaj.org/toc/2738-1072. The Nicholai Studies journal is recently approved for inclusion in ERIH PLUS: http://kanalregister.hkdir.no/publiseringskanaler/erihplus/periodical/info?id=504200. The journal Nicholai Studies is included in the AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®) collection of journals of the American Theological Library Association as well (https://www.atla.com/research-tool/atlas-plus/), and also available on the EBSCOhost Research Platform (https://www.ebsco.com/).