Prince Kotsel appointed Methodius Bishop of Pannonia in the see of St. Andronicus, one of
the Seventy, a disciple of the holy Apostle Paul. Methodius chose two priests who were very
rapid writers, and translated the whole Scriptures in full from Greek into Slavic in six months
between March and the twenty-sixth day of October. After completing the task, he appropriately
rendered praise and honor to God, who had bestowed such a blessing upon Bishop Methodius,
the successor of Andronicus. Now Andronicus is the apostle of the Slavic race. He traveled
among the Moravians, and the Apostle Paul taught there likewise. For in that region is Illyricum,
whither Paul first repaired and where the Slavs originally lived. Since Paul is the teacher of the
Slavic race, from which we Rus' too are sprung, even so the Apostle Paul is the teacher of us
Rus', for he preached to the Slavic nation, and appointed Andronicus as Bishop and successor to
himself among them.
But the Slavs and the Rus' are one people, for it is because of the
Varangians that the latter became known as Rus', though originally they were Slavs. While some
Slavs were termed Polyanians, their speech was still Slavic, for they were known as Polyanians
because they lived in the fields. But they had the same Slavic language.