The Precious Pearl: The Lives of Saints Barlaam and Joasaph

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By St. John Damascene
Paperback, 438 pages

Preface, Introduction, and New Translation by Asterios Gerostergios et al. Notes and comments by Augoustinos Kantiotes, Bishop of Phlorina, Greece. 75 beautiful drawings in the Byzantine style by iconographer Rallis Kopsidis. This book presents the Lives of Sts. Barlaam and Ioasaph in a sequence of interrelated fascinating stories, through which he sets forth the basic truths of the Christian Faith in a clear, simple, and convincing manner. Its author, St. John Damascene (8th century) was a great theologian, philosopher, and hymnographer.