Demetrios E. Tonias's Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom PDF

By Demetrios E. Tonias

ISBN-10: 1451473052

ISBN-13: 9781451473056

All through its first 3 centuries of life, the Christian neighborhood, whereas new to the Roman world's pluralistic spiritual scene, portrayed itself as an historical faith. The early church group claimed the Jewish Bible as their very own and seemed to it to safeguard their claims to historicity. whereas Jews regarded to Moses and the Sinai covenant because the concentration in their old dating with God, the early church fathers and apologists pointed out themselves as inheritors of the promise given to Abraham and observed their venture to the Gentiles because the success of God's statement that Abraham will be "a father of many countries" (Gen 17:5).

It is in gentle of this historical past that Demetrios Tonias undertakes the 1st, complete exam of John Chrysostom's view of the patriarch Abraham.

By reading the complete diversity of references to Abraham in Chrysostom's paintings, Tonias finds the ways that Chrysostom used Abraham as a version of philosophical and Christian advantage, familial devotion, philanthropy, and obedient religion.

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They will instruct you, relating ancient calamities, as will poets, and orators, and sophists, and all historians. ”25 The lessons to be gleaned from these quotes are twofold. First, although Chrysostom railed against Greek philosophers and their methods, he was more than willing to play the part of Basil’s bee and make use of those aspects of philosophical thought and oratory that suited his needs. 26 Nevertheless, one should not infer that Chrysostom swallowed the sophist fish, bones and all.

61 As much as Chrysostom extolled the virtues of Abraham, such hyperbole pales in comparison to that offered by Chrysostom on behalf of Paul. Indeed, the rhetorical device employed by Chrysostom demanded that he show that Paul’s virtue exceeded not only that of Abraham but that of all the Old Testament patriarchs. ”62 The sheer volume of Chrysostom’s homilies on the Pauline corpus, over 250, demonstrates its profound hermeneutical influence on Chrysostom. It could hardly have been otherwise. Paul’s epistles were frequently read in the liturgical life of the church, and that reality, combined with Chrysostom’s intensive and successful efforts to memorize the scriptural text, makes his emphasis on Paul’s writings seem only natural.

Indeed, the rhetorical device employed by Chrysostom demanded that he show that Paul’s virtue exceeded not only that of Abraham but that of all the Old Testament patriarchs. ”62 The sheer volume of Chrysostom’s homilies on the Pauline corpus, over 250, demonstrates its profound hermeneutical influence on Chrysostom. It could hardly have been otherwise. Paul’s epistles were frequently read in the liturgical life of the church, and that reality, combined with Chrysostom’s intensive and successful efforts to memorize the scriptural text, makes his emphasis on Paul’s writings seem only natural.

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