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‐____________________