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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (11 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415182530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415182539
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..."those interested in early Christian preaching, spiritual guidance, and social benefaction and their vital role in the Christianization of late antiquity will find this book an invaluable resource.."-"Journal of Religion, Margaret M. Mitchell, University of Chicago ..."the selected letters in this volume are translated into modern English for the first time, as are a number of homilies... this translation is a good introduction to John Chrysostom's life and role as a preacher, as well as a presbyter and bishop alike. To those users who know no Greek, this book is a godsend; for the specialist, it provides easy access to the ecclesiastical activities and the structure of society in the second half of the fourth century A.D.."-Helene Perdicoyianni-Paleologou, "Journal of Early Christian Studies "The introductions are clear and the translations fluent. The book offers a wealth of useful and interesting information on Chrysostom and his times."-Gerald H. Ettlinger, S. J., "Theological Studies "The authors, Australians Wendy Mayer and Pauline Allen--both of whom have earned wide respect for the quality, accuracy and productivity of their research at the Centre for Early Christian Studies based at the Queensland Campus of the Australian Catholic University--have here proved themselves more than equal to the daunting task of selecting and introducing a representative range of material from the more than nine hundred sermons from John's voluminous extant corpus. What we get is a colorful snapshot of the complex social, political, and liturgical milieu of Antiochene and Constantinopolitan church life, and a varied example of the 'Goldenmouth' at his rhetoricalbest....The outstanding introduction, accessible format and broad range of content will assure this book's continuing usefulness and importance for time to come."-Adam G. Cooper, University of Durham, UK "Solid introductions, running cross-references to Greek editions, and ample bibliographies enhance this welcome collection, which belongs in every undergraduate, seminary, and research library."-Georgia Frank, Colgate University in "Religious Studies Review

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Care has been taken in this volume to present only sermons which can be attributed to Antioch or Constantinople with certainty or something approaching near certainty, so that the information which they contain can be situated carefully in context. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bevan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Mar 2007
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It takes a special effort to bring to life characters from the early church, but this volume in the Early Church Fathers series does it for me. John Chrysostom was a major, and controversial, preacher and bishop from the eastern church of the late 4th/early 5th centuries. The authors' vivid new translations of some sixteen of his sermons convey clearly how spellbinding he must have been to listen to - I found his words upbraiding rich Christians who were failing to act in the face of poverty remarkably fresh and not a little discomfiting. There are also fascinating glimpses here into the tensions between free-form and more 'establishment' models of church emerging as Christianity starts to become more mainstream after the 'Constantinian settlement' of the early 4th century. All this and a handy introduction too, telling us something about John's life and times, pastoral concerns and probable audience: very useful, apart perhaps from a slightly quirky chapter on the liturgical setting of John's sermons. To sum up: here, in Mayer and Allen's book, is one individual from the church's distant past who still rocks...
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The only thorough and engaging biography of this great man whose tragic career belied his great gifts. A biography to treasure which illuminates fairly and elegantly the numerous currents of church and state in 4th Century Constantinople. Thank you.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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In the Latin West, Christians do not hear enough about John Chrysostom. After reading about the Orthodox East who place more of an emphasis on this man, I decided to read about him and to read some of his works. This book was absolutely perfect for that. It includes some historical information and then a sampling of his surviving works. The translation is very readable.
However, please be prepared for something that I found upsetting when reading this book -- chunks of his writing are intentionally left out by the editor/translator in a FEW sections during the middle of a chapter. For example, in a sermon about the conflict between St. Peter and St. Paul the editor basically includes only the introduction and the conclusion. Just when things start to get interesting in this sermon all of the sudden it says "We skipped this portion"!? This was irksome, but overall I'm glad I bought the book.
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