Църковните отци и писатели от ІІ–V век за християнския брак [The Church Fathers and Christian Writers of the Period from the 2nd to the 5th Century about Christian Marriage]
Традиции и приемственост в България и на Балканите през средните векове. Юбилеен сборник, посветен на проф. д.и.н. Йордан Андреев. – В. Търново: УИ „Св. св. Кирил и Методий”, 2003, с. 345-362.
This paper is devoted to the conception of the nature and role of marriage, which was formulated in the circles of the orthodox followers of Christianity around the middle of the 5th century. In particular, the paper discusses the idea of Christian marriage with which the Church started its missionary activities among Franks and Anglo-Saxons and the direction of eventual changes in their traditional views of the nature of the matrimonial institution, on the one hand, and in their marriage system, on the other hand.
The author has come to the conclusion that during the first five centuries of its theoretical and organizational development, Christianity, having partially adopted the ancient traditions and legal regulations in the sphere of the matrimonial and family relations, focused its efforts on the changing of the social attitude in the direction of imposing monogamous marriage structure, restricting the possibilities of contracting second and so on marriages and establishing more equal relations between husband and wife in marriage and family.
Both with its general religious doctrine and with the substantially formed concept of marriage in particular, Christianity proved to be prepared to face the barbarian world and to play an active role in the long lasting processes of social, economic, and political transformations, which shaped Europe of the Middle Ages.
marriage, divorce, second marriage, adultery, concubinage, Christian concept of marriage.