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.
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John Chrysostom (347–407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an influential early Church Father. He was known for his oratorial skills and was given the epithet chrysostom, or “golden-mouthed,” after his death.