[John Damascene], Barlaam and Ioasaph

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St. John Damascene

ΒΑΡΛΑΑΜ ΚΑΙ ΙΩΑΣΑΦ

ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΨΥΧΩΦΕΛΗΣ ΕΚ ΤΗΣ ΕΝΔΟΤΕΡΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΙΘΙΟΠΩΝ ΧΩΡΑΣ, ΤΗΣ ΙΝΔΩΝ ΛΕΓΟΜΕΝΗΣ, ΠΡΟΣ ΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΑΝ ΠΟΛΙΝ ΜΕΤΕΝΕΧΘΕΙΣΑ ΔΙΑ ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΜΟΝΑΧΟΥ, ΑΝΔΡΟΣ ΤΙΜΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΕΝΑΡΕΤΟΥ ΜΟΝΗΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΣΑΒΑ· ΕΝ ΗΙ Ο ΒΙΟΣ ΒΑΡΛΑΑΜ ΚΑΙ ΙΩΑΣΑΦ ΤΩΝ ΑΟΙΔΙΜΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΜΑΚΑΡΙΩΝ.

ΠΡΟΟΙΜΙΟΝ

Rom. viii. 14 Ὅσοι Πνεύματι Θεοῦ ἄγονται, οὗτοί εἰσιν1 υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, φησὶν ὁ θεῖος Ἀπόστολος· τὸ δὲ Πνεύματος ἁγίου ἀξιωθῆναι καὶ υἱοὺς Θεοῦ γενέσθαι Nazianz. Orat. de Athanas., 386, 34 τῶν ὀρεκτῶν ὑπάρχει τὸ ἔσχατον, καὶ οὗ γενομένοις πάσης θεωρίας ἀνάπαυσις, καθὼς γέγραπται. τῆς οὖν ὑπερφυοῦς ταύτης καὶ τῶν ἐφετῶν ἀκροτάτης μακαριότητος ἠξιώθησαν ἐπιτυχεῖν οἱ ἀπ᾿ αἰῶνος ἅγιοι διὰ τῆς τῶν ἀρετῶν ἐργασίας· οἱ Heb. xii. 4 μὲν μαρτυρικῶς ἀθλήσαντες καὶ μέχρις αἵματος πρὸς τὴν ἁμαρτίαν ἀντικαταστάντες, οἱ δὲ ἀσκητικῶς ἀγωνισάμενοι, καὶ τὴν στενὴν βαδίσαντες Mat. vii. 14 ὁδόν, καὶ μάρτυρες τῇ προαιρέσει γενόμενοι. ὧν τὰς ἀριστείας καὶ τὰ κατορθώματα, τῶν τε δι᾿2 Luke xiii. 82 αἵματος τελειωθέντων καὶ τῶν δι᾿ ἀσκήσεως τὴν ἀγγελικὴν πολιτείαν μιμησαμένων, γραφῇ παραδιδόναι, καὶ ἀρετῆς ὑπόδειγμα ταῖς μετέπειτα

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Barlaam and Ioasaph

Barlaam And Ioasaph

an edifying story from the inner land of the ethiopians, called the land of the indians, thence brought to the holy city, by john the monk (an honourable man and a virtuous, of the monastery of saint sabas); wherein are the lives of the famous and blessed barlaam and ioasaph.

Introduction

‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God The author setteth forth the purpose of his history they are sons of God’ saith the inspired Apostle. Now to have been accounted worthy of the Holy Spirit and to have become sons of God is of all things most to be coveted; and, as it is written, ‘They that have become his sons find rest from all enquiry.’ This marvellous, and above all else desirable, blessedness have the Saints from the beginning won by the practice of the virtues, some having striven as Martyrs, and resisted sin unto blood, and others having struggled in self-discipline, and having trodden the narrow way, proving Martyrs in will. Now, that one should hand down to memory the prowess and virtuous deeds of these, both of them that were made perfect by blood, and of them that by self-denial did emulate the conversation of Angels, and should deliver to the generations that follow a pattern of virtue, this

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.john_damascene-baarlaam_ioasaph.1914