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Four Discourses of Chrysostom

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, 1869


Four Discourses of Chrysostom is a collection of John Chrysostom’s four oratory discourses on the parables of the rich man and Lazarus. In these rhetorical addresses, delivered in Antioch, John Chrysostom challenges the people of Antioch with a sermon series on Lazarus and how this parable relates to their faith. In the first discourse, he takes on the drunkenness of pagans, encouraging the church to deny the flesh and take a stance against inebriation. The second discourse encourages them to consider future judgment and denies the myth that those who die violent deaths become wandering spirits. The third discourse is an address on the state of seeming injustice in the world, where the wicked prosper and the just have troubles. The fourth discourse considers confession and conscience. All four present eloquently formed rhetorical arguments that give insight into the preaching of the early church.

  • Includes four oratory discourses
  • Contains sermons that challenge the faith of the reader
  • Provides insight into the preaching of the early church
  • Title: Four Discourses of Chrysostom
  • Author: John Chrysostom
  • Translator: F. Allen
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer
  • Publication Date: 1869
  • Pages: 129

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John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. After his death (or, according to some sources, during his life) he was given the Greek surname chrysostomos, meaning “golden mouthed,” rendered in English as Chrysostom.