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John Chrysostom (c. AD 347–407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an early church father. He is honored as a saint in the Orthodox, Eastern, and Roman Catholic churches, and is also a Doctor of the Church. A great orator, his homilies were not written, but spoken to the people, often transcribed by listeners for wider distribution. His style was direct and personal, often targeting Christian involvement in the materialism and paganism surrounding the early church. His homilies contain practical examples and analogies meant to reach laypeople, As well as more complex theological substance that helped to formulate Christian thinking as we know it today. John Chrysostom has been praised as one of the greatest preachers in the early church, and his homilies and discourses remain a lasting legacy for all Christians.
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Written in Antioch circa AD 395, John Chrysostom’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians differs from his other expositions in that he goes through Galatians by chapter and verse with commentary, rather than by moral or practical application. His Homilies on the Epistle to the Ephesians were written earlier, before AD 392 and follow his more classic pattern.
This volume covers John Chrysostom’s homilies on Corinthians, delivered to the church in Antioch.
This volume of Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles contains 28 homilies which delve into the religious and moral subjects addressed in Acts, as well as a clear and contextual exposition on the discourses of Saints Peter, Stephen, James, and Paul which are recorded in the Acts. These homilies paint a portrait not only of the Apostles, but of John Chrysostom himself.
These 27 homilies were delivered in AD 400, a period of strife in Constantinople, and they continue his expositions on the Acts. This second volume completes The Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, which has been called one of the stand-alone writings of the first ten centuries of Christendom.
An ascetic by nature, John Chrysostom often made enemies among the wealthy and elite—both Christian and pagan—for his anti-materialism and his refusal to participate in or perpetuate lavish traditions. Delivered at Antioch, these Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew focus on alms-giving, care of the poor, and resistance to conspicuous consumption.
In these homilies, John Chrysostom’s love for his flock and longing for them to receive God’s love are evident. He tenderly and fervently exhorts them to greater virtue, whether it be penitence, alms-giving, mindfulness of sin, or thankfulness.
John Chrysostom (c. AD 347–407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an influential early church father. He was known for his skills as an orator and was given the epithet “Chrysostom,” or “golden-mouthed,” after his death.