Barsanuphius and John: Letters
Chryssavgis, John, translator
Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2006 pp. xv + 344. Volume 1 $39.95
The Fathers of the Church, 113
Description: The complete text of the Letters of Barsanuphius and John appears here in English for the first time. John Chryssavgis's faithful and deft translation brings vividness and freshness to the wisdom of a distant world, ensuring its accessibility to contemporary readers. Addressed to local monastics, lay Christians, and ecclesiastical leaders, these remarkable questions and responses (850 of them) offer a unique glimpse into the sixth-century religious, political, and secular world of Gaza and Palestine during a period torn by doctrinal controversy and in a context shaped by the tradition of the early desert fathers.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins
Review by Tim Vivian
Citation: Tim Vivian, review ofBarsanuphius and John: Letters, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
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