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Saint John Chrysostom: Eight Homilies Against the Jews Kindle Edition
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This version of the sermons for the kindle is merely adequate. It's not user friendly. There is no table of contents. No real explanation of the text. No copyright information. I can't even tell who the translator was. There's a brief introduction excerpted from what appears to be a public domain history on anti-semitism (The Conflict of the Church and the Synagogue: A Study in the Origins of Antisemitism). Also the text contains typos. When the text was scanned for digital transfer some "i"s became "!"s and some "n"s became "ii"s etc. For the price of $1.99 though it's not a bad deal.
What James Parkes, who wrote the forward of this collection, does, is essentially a character assassination. Parkes comes from an Anglican background, and apparently experienced 'brutal antisemitism' on the Continent (amusingly, not daring to talk much about the same scourge sitting in England for centuries, even to the time of Disraeli, and showing its ugly face in modern times). It's painfully obvious he had little knowledge of Christian/Jewish relations of the day. He also doesn't seem to grasp the idea that Chrysostom, along with all the major writers, including Jews, Gnostics and Pagans, were fierce rhetoriticians. The intellectuals played hard-ball in those days. There was none of the thin-skinned political correctness we endure in modern times. Chrysostom saw them as a negative influence, and was even harsher with those Christians, who like modern Pentecostals or Messianic 'Jews', try to convince gullible believers that ancient ethnic rites are what bring salvation, rather than a belief in Christ and the Apostolic Church He created.
For an education on how Chrysostom's comments should be read, there is a wonderful podcast by former Holy Cross theology scholar Jeannie Constantinou, which can be located <a href="[...]">here</a>.
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