St. John Chrysostom possessed rare imaginative genius, and his oratorical skills were legendary. In the fourth century Christians would listen to his sermons with raptly to his sermons in huge uncomfortable crowds after travelling hundreds—even thousands—of miles to hear him speak. In Four Discourses on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, sermons originally given in Antioch, Chrysostom expounds Luke’s famous parable elegantly, skillfully extrapolating practical lessons and doctrinal theology. Throughout the sermons, Chrysostom weaves the parable of Lazarus into context within gospel narratives and the biblical story as a whole.
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- Presents sermons from one of Christianity’s most famous orators
- Provides an ingenious perspective on one of Jesus’ most enigmatic parables
- Allows readers to glean insights about Christian preaching in the early medieval era
- Title: Four Discourses on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
- Author: St. John Chrysostom
- Translator: F. Allen
- Publisher: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer
- Publication Date: 1869
- Pages: 110
About St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom (c. AD 347–407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an influential Early Church Father. Known for his oratorical skills, he was given the posthumous epithet Chrysostom, or “golden-mouthed.” 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 the Catholic churches recognize him as a saint.