Discourses against Judaizing Christians

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INTRODUCTION

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THE PRESENT VOLUME has no need to offer any lengthy biographical notice on St. John Chrysostom. Two previous volumes of this series have already presented information on his life and work, 1and still further data are easily found in readily available sources. 2 A brief sketch, however, may be in place here, to give some notion of Chrysostom's oratorical talent, his background in scriptural exegesis, his own position in the Church of Antioch, and the place in the Antiochene community of the people who are, in this volume, the targets of his polemics, namely, the Jews and Judaizing Christians.

(2) The date of Chrysostom's birth is uncertain, but A.D. 347 cannot be too far wrong. His widowed mother, Anthusa, saw to it that he received an excellent education in the Greek paideia, 3 and he soon became the most famous student of the pagan rhetorician Li‐

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1
Sister Thomas Aquinas Goggin, S.C.H., St. John Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of St. John (FC 33 and 41; New York 1957, 1960). FC is also preparing a volume to contain two apologetic treatises of Chrysostom.
2
For biographies of Chrysostom see D. Attwater, St. John Chrysostom (Milwaukee 1939) and C. Baur, O.S.B., John Chrysostom and His Time: Vol. 1, Antioch, Vol. 2, Constantinople, tr. Sister M. Gonzaga, R.S.M. (Westminster, Md., 1960-61). For shorter accounts see P.W. Harkins, "Chrysostom (John)," Encyclopaedia Britannica 5 (1961) 665-66; "John Chrysostom, St.," New Catholic Encyclopedia 7 (1967) 1041-44. For bibliographies on Chrysostom and his works up to 1959 see J. Quasten, Patrology 3 (Westminster, Md., 1960) 424-82.
3
For the absorption of the Hellenic tradition into Christianity and the formation of a Hellenic-Christian culture see Werner Jaeger, Early Christianity and Greek Paideia (Cambridge, Mass., 1961).

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Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church *
  • The Fathers of the Church *
  • Discourses against Judaizing Christians *
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Select Bibliography xiii
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Discourses against Judaizing Christians *
  • Introduction xxi
  • Discourse I 1
  • Discourse II 35
  • Discourse III 47
  • Discourse IV 71
  • Discourse V 97
  • Discourse VI 147
  • Discourse VII 177
  • Discourse VIII 205
  • Indices 243
  • Generalindex 245
  • Index of Holy Scripture 273
  • The Fathers of the Church Series 287
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