Six Books on the Priesthood

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St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1977 - Religion - 160 pages
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None of the Fathers of the early church is better known or loved than St John Chrysostom, and none of his works is more popular than On the Priesthood. Its stylistic brilliance demonstrates the appropriateness of St John's enduring title, "the golden-mouthed." Yet the rhetorical eloquence of the work is not simply camouflage for lack of substance. As Graham Neville observes in his Introduction, Chrysostom "had a mind both practical and idealistic, that brought into close connection the evils and injustices of the world and the perfection of moral life demanded by the gospel." Chrysostom's unique gift for linking concrete observation and theological vision is nowhere more evident than in On the Priesthood. Its presence helps to account for the work's power to inspire and challenge Christians in all ages. Book jacket.
  

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Review: St John Chrysostom: Six Books on the Priesthood (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press Popular Patristics Series)

User Review  - Hans - Goodreads

Easy to read, filled with good spiritual reflections and thoughts for all Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox. Don't let the title push you away, its got a lot for people not interested in being a priest or pastor. Warning: May make you consider the priesthood/pastorate! Read full review

Review: St John Chrysostom: Six Books on the Priesthood (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press Popular Patristics Series)

User Review  - Jeremy Rios - Goodreads

A wonderful, potent little book. Although a person preparing for pastoral ministry might benefit from it, I would consider it essential reading for anyone presently in pastoral ministry. To elaborate ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Johns Dece1t
37
Bas1ls Reproaches
43
The D1ff1culty of Pastoral Care
52
Lovethe Ch1ef Th1ng
60
The Glory of the Pr1esthood
70
The Character and Temptat1ons of a B1shop
80
Part1cular Dut1es and Problems
89
The Penalty for Fa1lure
104
The M1n1stry of the Word
114
3 Temptat1ons of the Teacher
127
4 The Need for Pur1ty
136
5 The Contrast between B1shop and Monk
143
The Conclus1on of Johns Apolog1a
150
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John Chrysostom, born at Antioch towards 347, was a great genius and his poweful eloquence earned him the surname of Chrysostom, or golden mouthed. He is known for his preaching, exegesis, and liturgical reforms. His skills were especially directed to the instruction and moral reformation of the people of Antioch. In terms of scriptural exegesis, he spoke for a literal interpretation of the text against the allegorical school that was prominent in Alexandria. With St. Athanasius, St. Gregory of Nazianzen, and St. Basil, he forms the group of the four great doctors of the Eastern Church. In 398 he became Patriarch of Constantinople. His courage in branding vice caused him to be exiled and ill-treated. John Chrysostom died at Comana in Pontus on September 14, 407.

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