Black, red, and brown ink on parchment; 394 folios
14 5/16 x 10 7/16 x 5 7/8 in. (36.3 x 26.5 x 15 cm)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Grec 923)
Not on view
Saint John of Damascus (ca. 675–749) was an ardent defender of the use of icons; his writings were widely influential in the Byzantine world. He is associated with the Monastery of Mar Saba, near Jerusalem, one of the Christian communities that flourished alongside those of the Muslim faith during the early Islamic period. John and his family—Arab Christians—served the Umayyads, the first generation of Muslim rulers of Byzantium’s southern provinces.