You have no items in your shopping cart.
Search
Filters

The Barlaam and Josaphat Legend in the Ancient Georgian and Armenian Literatures


This work focuses on the literary and textual concerns of the Georgian and Armenian recensions of the Barlaam and Josaphat legend, and provides translations of all that remains of the Georgian text and the relevant Armenian parallels.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-880-0
  • *
Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 64
Publication Date: Jan 30,2008
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 48
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-880-0
$41.00

The thrilling legend of Barlaam and Josaphat tells the story of an Indian king Abenner, a persecutor of Christians, and his son Josaphat and their conversion to Christianity through the efforts of a hermit named Barlaam. Purported to recount second or third century events concerning Christians converted by the Apostle Thomas, the story has been found to derive from a tale about the Buddha. The present work considers the Georgian and Armenian versions of this legend with careful attention to their relationship to various other versions, especially the Greek and Arabic texts. Professor Conybeare makes a compelling argument for the Georgian version as the earliest Christian form from which came a Greek and later a Syriac translation, of which the Armenian is an abridgement. Through this study the reader is introduced to the major versions of the legend, both Christian and non-Christian, and the primary literary and textual concerns of the Georgian and Armenian recensions. Moreover, a translation of all that remains of the Georgian text is provided along with that of its Armenian parallels.

Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare (1856-1924) was a British orientalist who wrote extensively on religious themes from biblical and Christian literature with special emphasis on Armenian Christian literature. He taught at Oxford University and authored such notable books as Myth, Magic, and Morals, History of New Testament Criticism, and The Life of Apollonius of Tyana.

The thrilling legend of Barlaam and Josaphat tells the story of an Indian king Abenner, a persecutor of Christians, and his son Josaphat and their conversion to Christianity through the efforts of a hermit named Barlaam. Purported to recount second or third century events concerning Christians converted by the Apostle Thomas, the story has been found to derive from a tale about the Buddha. The present work considers the Georgian and Armenian versions of this legend with careful attention to their relationship to various other versions, especially the Greek and Arabic texts. Professor Conybeare makes a compelling argument for the Georgian version as the earliest Christian form from which came a Greek and later a Syriac translation, of which the Armenian is an abridgement. Through this study the reader is introduced to the major versions of the legend, both Christian and non-Christian, and the primary literary and textual concerns of the Georgian and Armenian recensions. Moreover, a translation of all that remains of the Georgian text is provided along with that of its Armenian parallels.

Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare (1856-1924) was a British orientalist who wrote extensively on religious themes from biblical and Christian literature with special emphasis on Armenian Christian literature. He taught at Oxford University and authored such notable books as Myth, Magic, and Morals, History of New Testament Criticism, and The Life of Apollonius of Tyana.

Write your own review
  • Only registered users can write reviews
  • Bad
  • Excellent
Contributor Biography

F. Conybeare

Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare (1856-1924)

Customers who bought this item also bought

Christians under the Ottoman Turks

French and English Travellers in Greece and Anatolia (1615-1694)
ISBN: 978-1-59333-922-7
In the 17th century Britons left their country in vast numbers - explorers, diplomats, ecclesiastics, merchants, or simply “tourists.” Only the most intrepid ventured into the faraway lands of the Ottoman Empire. Their travel narratives, best-sellers in their day, provide an entertaining but also valuable testimony on the everyday life of Orthodox Christians and their coexistence with the Turks. Greek Christians, though living under the Ottoman yoke, enjoyed greater religious freedom than many of their brothers in Christian Europe. The travelers’ intellectual curiosity about Greece opened a window on the Orthodox Church, and paved the way for future dialogue.
$162.00

The Ostraca of the Coptic Museum in Old Cairo, Egypt

Compiled by S. Kent Brown
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 13
ISBN: 978-1-60724-014-3
The Ostraca of the Coptic Museum, written on pottery pieces, limestone flakes and wood, present the lives of ordinary people in their interactions with one another, and includes their economic and personal affairs. This volume is a catalog of the 1,127 ostraca in the museum.
$179.00

Kassia the Nun in Context

The Religious Thought of a Ninth-Century Byzantine Monastic
ISBN: 978-1-61143-969-4
Kassia the Nun offers a unique glimpse into ninth-century Byzantium in the only woman whose works were included in the corpus of liturgical hymns. This volume explores Kassia’s thought on Christology, on gender, and on monasticism itself. It provides readers with an opportunity to know this woman of remarkable intellect, wit, and piety by drawing primarily on her own words. Kassia’s is one of the only female voices from ninth-century Byzantium and this volume accordingly examines her reflections on gender in the context of her society and concludes that she represents a perspective that might be described as feminist.
$123.00

The Armenian Liturgy

Antient Liturgies
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 171
ISBN: 978-1-60724-186-7
C. E. Hammond's Antient Liturgies provided a valuable resource at an early stage in comparative liturgical studies. Free of extensive critical apparatus, Antient Liturgies presents a collection of historic forms of worship from the Western, Eastern, and Oriental Churches. This extract from the book focuses on the Armenian liturgy. With a beginning in the early fourth century, in connection with the Exarchate of Caesarea, this liturgy is presented in English. As an analytical introduction this early study continues to provide a broad overview of early Christian worship made available in an accessible and convenient format for students and scholars.
$41.00