DVA DOLNOZEMSKÉ (VOJVODINSKÉ) KATECHIZMY
Two Lower-land (Vojvodina) catechisms
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The goal of the paper is to show that Lower-land Vojvodina (Northern Serbia), which was inhabited in the second half of the 18th century by Slovak evangelicals of the Augsburg confession for economic and religious reasons, was an environment where specific literary culture was created being mainly based on religious and educational literature. It focuses on one of the significant manifestations of this sort of literature, i.e. catechism production, which features two characteristic lines: the original domestic catechism (Matej Ambrózi Jádro náboženství křesťanského ku prospěchu evangelických konfirmantů - The Core of Christian Religion to the Benefit of Evangelical Confirmands, 1844) and the adaptation of a translation of a foreign (German) catechism (Leopold Abafi – Heinrich Wendel: Výklad malého katechismu Dr. Martina Luthera - The Interpretation of Dr Martin Luther´s Small Catechism, 1870). The paper, which is a result of literary and historical research methodologically and empirically anchored in the region of Vojvodina, is the first to clarify the circumstances and the context of creating both of the catechisms, although Abafi´s edition of Wendel´s catechism (nowadays archived in the parish library in Stará Pazova) is not available in Slovakia at all. Besides the first interpretative probe, which shows to what extent the artistic ambitions of the creators of the editions analysed were fulfilled, it interconnects and reflects on the discussion of the genre of catechism at that time.
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