The Apostle of the Altay (Makarii Glukharev) and His Children


The short hagiographical text presented here recounts the life of Makarii (born Mikhail Yakovlevich Glukharev, 1792‒1847), known as the “apostle of the Altay,” and describes his followers. Makarii was a noted linguist and scholar who taught at several seminaries in European Russia before asking to be sent as a missionary to Siberia. He was part of a group that established the Altay (Altai) Spiritual Mission at Biysk. Makarii believed that missionaries would have more success if they had a new translation of the Bible into Russian. He asked the Holy Synod in Saint Petersburg for permission to translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek, but the request was turned down. His translation of the Old Testament was published after his death. The text is by Dmitrii Ivanovich Vvedensky (1873‒1954), a biblical scholar and historian known primarily for his work on the patriarchal period of biblical studies. After the Russian Revolution, Vvedensky was arrested for anti-Soviet activities and exiled to Kazakhstan. He later was allowed to return to Russia, where he taught in schools in the city of Nizhny Novgorod until the end of his life. This book is preserved in the collections of the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg. It was digitized for the Meeting of Frontiers digital library project in the early 2000s.

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Sergiyev Posad, Russia


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Апостол Алтая (Макарий Глухарев) и дети

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14 pages ; 17 x 13 centimeters

Last updated: January 10, 2018