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pearl of great price, a

Anything of enormous value. The term comes from the New Testament (Matthew 13:45–46), in which the kingdom of heaven is so described. The doctrinal book of the Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is called the Pearl of Great Price.
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(56) The Summa Perfectionis, in turn, influenced major fourteenth-century alchemical works, including Rosarium attributed to Arnauld of Villanova, Libellus de Alchemia attributed to Albertus Magnus, The New Pearl of Great Price by Petrus Bonus, and The Testamentum attributed to Ramon Lull.
In particular, she reenacts mythic patterns from the Gawain romance in order to resurrect its special constellation of values: patience, cleanness, "trouthe," and, more mysteriously, the pearl of great price. Ultimately, she uses the Gawain poet's symbolic landscape to revise the traditional Grail myth and map a redemptive quest out of the shadowland of illusion and into the light of truth and goodness.
Said warns us of simplistic approaches to the "Islams" and particularly of Bernard Lewis's book What Went Wrong?--"a debased effort to push unsuspecting readers toward thinking of `Islam' as something to judge harshly, to dislike, and therefore to be on guard against." Davenport uses a purported review of Terryl Givens's By the Hand of Mormon as a platform from which to take misinformed potshots at Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price, and (by association) members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
If moral action in some degree depends on moral knowledge, then it is indeed a pearl of great price and universities should honor it and hold it up for all to admire.
It is like finding a pearl of great price and he sells all other possessions to buy that pearl.
The parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price are dramatic portrayals of the total offering of self, once we discover what our mission is.
People and their needs are no longer on the periphery of our lives; they've morphed into a quest as intense as that for a buried treasure or pearl of great price. The God we surface in such a pursuit is much more valuable than any treasure or pearl.
My latest book, A Pearl of Great Price: The love Letters of Dylan Thomas to Pearl Kazin, is published by Parthian on Valentine's Day.
"Pearl of Great Price: The Life of Mother Maria Skobtsova 1891-1945" is her story of why this remarkable woman is canonized by the Orthodox church.
The Sufi is like the merchant in the Gospel who has found the pearl of great price; the Reality of God and the worthlessness and emptiness of all apart from Him--and for that truth he sacrificed every other.
JESUS TELLS MANY MORE STORIES ABOUT THE KINGDOM, COMPARING it to buried treasure, a pearl of great price, and a net cast into the sea.
The dream of God is the cause for immeasurable joy, like finding lost treasure in a field or a pearl of great price. There is urgency about the dream of God that compels one to leave other affairs behind.
This is a myth but perhaps its value is in the contrast of the search for the spiritual ore, or pearl of great price, which needs to be worked at and refined but lasts longer than earthly wealth.
The twin parables of a treasure buried in a field and of a pearl of great price show the fascination of the Kingdom of God for persons who have found them.
13, 44-52), in the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price, Jesus tells us that one who finds the kingdom of God is filled with joy and gratitude.