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The Life of St. John Chrysostom (4 vols.)
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Overview

Known for his eloquent preaching and public speaking, John Chrysostom was the archbishop of Constantinople and an influential early Church Father. He is recognized as a saint in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches and is one of the Three Holy Hierarchs along with Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus. Given to extreme asceticism, he lived as a hermit for two years before poor health forced him to return to Antioch, where he was ordained as a deacon—and later a priest—of the church at Antioch. His insightful expositions and discourses on the Bible made him a popular orator in the Church, and he was appointed archbishop of Constantinople in 397.

John Chrysostom’s rejection of clerical extravagance, support for the lower classes, and ascetic sensibilities made him unpopular with other clergy, bringing contention with him wherever he went. This collection gathers four classic biographies of the early church’s greatest preacher, shedding light on his character, his context, and the content of his preaching. These fully indexed texts enable near-instant search results for words, people, places, and idea. Scripture references appear on mouseover in your preferred translation. Easily pull up and cross reference thousands of volumes, including studies on John Chrysostom and primary texts from other early church fathers. With the most efficient and comprehensive research tools all in one place, you can expand your study with just a few clicks.

Key Features

  • Four classic biographies capturing different angles of the life of the early Church’s greatest preacher
  • Insights into early church history and theology
  • Ancient examples of effective preaching

Individual Titles

Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • Author: Frederic William Farrar
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 624

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This volume contains Frederic William Farrar’s biography of John Chrysostom, Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom.

Frederic William Farrar (1831–1903) was a cleric of the Church of England, teacher, and author. He authored many books on church history and the early church fathers, including The Life of Christ and The Life and Works of St. Paul.

Saint John Chrysostom: His Life and Times

  • Author: William Richard Wood Stephens
  • Publisher: J. Murray
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 474

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This volume contains William Richard Wood Stephens historical biographical volume, Saint John Chrysostom: His Life and Times, explaining the cultural layout of the church and the Roman Empire in the fourth century.

William Richard Wood Stephens (1839–1902) was Dean of Winchester from 1895 to 1902. He graduated from Oxford in 1862 and was ordained in 1865.

Chrysostom: The Orator

  • Author: John Heston Willey
  • Publisher: Jennings and Graham
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 192

This volume contains John Heston Willey’s biography examining the famed preaching of John Chrysostom, Chrysostom: The Orator

John of the Golden Mouth: Preacher of Antioch and Primate of Constantinople

  • Author: Walter MacGilvray
  • Publisher: James Nisbet
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 378

This volume contains Walter MacGilvray’s biography of John Chrysostom, John of the Golden Mouth: Preacher of Antioch and Primate of Constantinople.

Product Details

  • Title: The Life of St. John Chrysostom
  • Authors: Frederic William Farrar, William Richard Wood Stephens, John Heston Willey, and Walter MacGilvray
  • Publishers: Longmans, Green, and Co.; J. Murray; Jennings and Graham; James Nisbet
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1668

About John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom (c. 347–407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an influential Early Church Father. He was known for his oratorical skills and was given the epithet Chrysostom, or “golden-mouthed,” after his death. His homilies consistently emphasize care for the poor. He is one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus. Both the Orthodox and Catholic churches recognize him as a saint and a doctor of the Church.