MIHALCESCU, Ioan

MIHALCESCU, Ioan (Metropolit Irineu). Valea Viei, Pătârlagele 24.7.1874 — Agapia 5.4.1948. Romanian Orthodox Theologian and Translator of Sanskrit Literature. Son of Ioan, a priest, and Elena M. After gymnasium in Buzău attended the seminars of Buzău and Bucureşti in 1889-95, then studied Theology at Bucureşti University. Further studies of Theology and Philosophy at Berlin and Leipzig 1901-04. Ph.D. 1903 Leipzig. Taught Theology at Bucureşti: PD 1904, Professor 1908. In 1939-47 Metropolitan of Moldova, until forced to retire by the Communist regime.

Publications: Diss. Darlegung und Kritik der Religionsphilosophie Sabatiers. 92 p.  Lp. 1903; many theological works.

Translated: Legile lui Manu sau Institutţiile civile şi religioase ale Indiei. 424 p. Bibl. istoriei religiunilor 2. Bucureşti 1920, new. ed. with changed title as Manava-dharma-sastra sau Cartea legii lui Manu. 349 p. Bucur. 2001; “Imnele Rig-Vedei”, Convorbiri literare 58, 1926, 903-911 & 60, 1927, 94-97; Bhagavad-Gita. Poema indiana. 126 p. Bibl. istoriei religiunilor 3. Bucureşti 1932.

– Edited: Varlaam şi Ioasaf povestirea minunatei vieti a acestor doi sfinţi. 119 p. Bucureşti 1921 (the old Romanian version of the legend).

Sources: Poghirc; briefly mentioned by Banateanu, Visva-Bh. Quart. 27, 1961-62, 256; https://www.crestinortodox.ro/parinti/irineu-mihalcescu-mitropolitul-moldovei-128116.html with portrait; Romanian Wikipedia; not in Ionesco 1994.

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