Biblical study:

  1. The Orthodox Study Bible, New Testament and Psalms (St. Athanasius Academy, 1997).
  2. The Orthodox Study Bible (St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008).


  1. The Jesus Prayer by Bishop Kallistos Ware (Catholic Truth Society, 2014).
  2. Prayer book (Holy Trinity Monastery, 2011).
  3. Daily Prayers for Orthodox Christians (, 2012).
  4. Songs of Time and Season by Andrew Stephen Damick (2004).
  5. On the Invocation of the Name of Jesus by Lev Gillet (Templegate Publishers, 1985).


  1. Introducing Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2013).
  2. The Orthodox way by Bishop Kallistos Ware (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1995).
  3. An introduction to God, Encountering the divine in Orthodox Christianity by Andrew Stephen Damick (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2014).
  4. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, Exploring belief systems through the lens of the Ancient Christian Faith by Andrew Stephen Damick (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2011).
  5. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, Finding the way to Christ in a complicated Religious Landscape by Andrew Stephen Damick (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2017).
  6. The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. I-IV) by Kallistos Ware (Faber & Faber).
  7. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Paulist Press,1982).

Church history:

  1. The Eastern Churches by Fr Robin Gibbons (Catholic Truth Society, 2006).
  2. The Church of the Eastern Christians by Nicolas Zernov (London Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1942).
  3. The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware (Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) (Penguin, 1997).
  4. The Church Impotent, The Feminisation of Christianity by Leon J. Podles (Spence Publishing Company, 1999).
  5. Formation and Struggles, The Birth of the Church AD 33-200 (Vol.I) by Veselin Kesich (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007).
  6. Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions, The Church, AD 450-680 (Vol. II) by John Meyendorff  (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1989).
  7. Greek East and Latin West, The Church AD 681-1071 (Vol. III) by Andrew Louth (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007).
  8. The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy, The Church AD 1071-1453 (Vol. IV) by Aristeides Papadakis (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1990).

General history:

  1. The Byzantine Tradition by D. A. Miller (Harper & Row, 1966).
  2. Judaeo-Christian Tradition by J H Hexter (Yale University Press,1995).
  3. Graeco-Roman Tradition by Hayden V. White (Joanna Cotler Books,1974).
  4. Byzantium: A very short introduction by Peter Sarris (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  5. Constantine and the Conversion of Europe by A. H. M. Jones (University of Toronto Press, 1989).
  6. The Oxford History of Byzantium by Cyril Mango (Oxford University Press, 2002).
  7. Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization by Lars Brownworth  (Three Rivers Press,2010).


  1. The Great Betrayal, The Great Siege of Constantinople by Ernle Bradford (Open Road Media,2014).
  2. The Fourth Crusade: And the Sack of Constantinople by Jonathan Phillips (Pimlico,2005).
  3. Fighting for Christendom, Holy war and the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman (Oxford University press, 2004).
  4. The debate on the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman (Manchester University Press, 2011).
  5. God’s War, A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman  (Penguin, 2007).


  1. Saints and Scholars, Twenty-Five Medieval Portraits by David Knowles (Cambridge University Press, 1962).
  2. The Confessions by St. Augustine (Hendrickson Publishing, 2004).
  3. Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers by Andrew Louth (Penguin, 1987).
  4. The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks by Benedicta Ward (Penguin, 2003).
  5. Early Christian Lives by Carolinne White (Penguin, 1998).
  6. The Pilgrim’s Tale by Aleksei Pentkovsky (Paulist Press, 2000).
  7. The Concise Encyclopedia of Orthodox Christianity by John Anthony McGuckin  (Wiley-Blackwell,2014).

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