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John Chrysostom and the Jews: Rhetoric and Reality in the Late 4th Century by Robert Louis Wilken
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.92" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 14, 2004
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1592449425 ISBN13 9781592449422
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A Cautionary Tale Jul 6, 2006
Tightly written and to the point this book proceeds to capture the reality of late 4th Century Antioch in certain regards. This is done by describing the interface of John Chrysostom with the city of Antioch where he was born. Immense illumination is shed on matters of culture and conflict then current. A finely nuanced portrait of aspects of life in an ancient metropolis is created by the interaction of Chrysostom and his surroundings. There is a treasure trove of information here, and readers should be thankful that the Wipf and Stock Co. have republished this book. Please note, the footnotes are not up to standard, and there is but a "selected bibliography." Occasional random ink dots the text pages. In spite of this, the book is still a must read for any person deeply interested in early Church history.
The book emphatically makes the point that this was a Hellenistic Antioch securely under Roman rule. The various religions of the people seem to have been operating on an even footing five decades after Nicaea and beyond. The orthodox Christian Church had its Arian rival down the street and its "judaizing" membership within. John Chrystostom, the early Church's greatest preacher, is beset with problems on all sides. And, further adding to Christian anxiety, Julian the Apostate was Emperor during the period covered. What pops out at the reader is that orthodox Christianity is not near the dominant religion of the Empire at this time. Theodosius the Great may have made Nicene Christianity the religion of the law shortly after Julian, however, not everyone was listening. It took a long time for Christianity to snuff out continuing paganism and even longer to extinguish its own heretical deviations. If one has read "The Golden Bough," one is aware of the persistence of paganism far, far later than the Church would like us to believe.
In this book, the art of rhetoric as practiced by John Chrysostom in his sermons and writings meets with the reality of Late Antiquity. This provides the reader with a clear glimpse into history that is remarkably instructive about the Early Church at the local level in an eastern metropolis. It would be difficult to duplicate this vision elsewhere. Wilken has done a superb job here. This book is written so that it may be enjoyed by all.