Discourses against Judaizing Christians

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This translation of St. John Chrysostom's eight Discourses Against Judaizing Christians presents to English readers some very important documents from fourth-century Antioch in Syria. Their importance stems from two factors. First, Judaizing must have caused a perilous situation for the Antiochene Christians; hence, the Discourses offer evidence for the Church historian. Second, these Discourses have occasioned subsequent charges of anti-Semitism which make Chrysostom a contributing cause to every argument and weapon used against the Jews in every pogrom for the last sixteen hundred years. Hence, Chrysostom's accusers have given to the Discourses a relevance which transcends any anti-Semitic situation local to Antioch.

Antioch was a most important city all during the fourth century as well as long before and after it. Therefore, it seems important for the whole history of anti-Semitism to publish these contemporary documents, which reflect so vividly the climate of that metropolis at that time. It is in this spirit that they are here offered for the first time in an English translation in book form.


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