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St. John Chrysostom: On the Priesthood

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S. John Chrysostom: On the Priesthood offers a fascinating study of the fourth-century church. Using provocative ideas and beautiful language, John Chrysostom provides valuable insight into ministry. According to the translator, B. Harris Cowper, the book’s aim “is to magnify the priestly office, and to render those who enter upon it conscious of their awful responsibilities.” The text uses dialogue and a narrative framework and to convey these ideas. In this English translation, Cowper preserves Chrysostom’s intended meaning through literal, rigorous translation.

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  • Uses provocative ideas and beautiful language to provide insight into the priesthood
  • Conveys the ministry of the priesthood through narrative and dialogue
  • Preserves the literal meaning of the text
Mr. Cowper has done his work faithfully and well, literal where it was possible and right to adhere to the strict luster of the text, and always keeping in view the spirit of the words which he has to render into so different a language.

Church and State Review

A faithful rendering of a book which still remains one of the most valuable as it is certainly the most remarkable of all the treatises on the priesthood.

Literary Churchman

  • Title: S. John Chrysostom: On the Priesthood
  • Author: John Chrysostom
  • Translator: B. Harris Cowper
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1866
  • Pages: 218

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.


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