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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 neighborhood claimed the Jewish Bible as their very own and regarded to it to guard their claims to historicity. whereas Jews regarded to Moses and the Sinai covenant because the concentration in their historic 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 assertion that Abraham will be "a father of many countries" (Gen 17:5).

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

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

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What more pleasant than such a field! ”38 Thus Abraham’s virtue, according to the encomiastic tradition, was both physical and spiritual. Chrysostom was engaged in a type of rhetorical portraiture of the saints, including Abraham. ” 39 David Hunter argues not only in support of Socrates Scholasticus’ and Sozomen’s assertion that Chrysostom was indeed the student of Libanius but also that he was engaged in an ongoing polemic with his former teacher. 41 Chrysostom responds to the attacks of pagans like Julian and Libanius by arguing that it is the monk, not the sophist, who is the fulfillment of the Greek philosophical ideal.

6. Pauline Influence It is indeed an understatement to say that Chrysostom held the Apostle Paul in high regard. ”58 The effusive praise that Chrysostom heaped upon the Apostle Paul was similar to the praise he afforded Abraham or any other prominent scriptural exemplar. ”59 55. 436. Chrysostom, Homilies on Genesis, 3:29. 56. Ibid. Hill, referencing De Montfaucon, notes that Chrysostom’s conclusion is similar to that of his teacher, Diodore. 57. Chrysostom at times indicated his ignorance of the original language of the Old Testament text, saying, “Those who have a precise knowledge of the [Hebrew] language say .

Chrysostom, Homilies on Genesis, 3:29. 56. Ibid. Hill, referencing De Montfaucon, notes that Chrysostom’s conclusion is similar to that of his teacher, Diodore. 57. Chrysostom at times indicated his ignorance of the original language of the Old Testament text, saying, “Those who have a precise knowledge of the [Hebrew] language say . ” [Λέγουσι τοίνυν οἱ τὴν γλῶτταν ἐκείνην ἀκριβῶς ἠσκημένοι . . ]. 43. 58. 301. Margaret M. Mitchell, The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation, vol.

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