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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Johns Dece1t
Bas1ls Reproaches
The D1ff1culty of Pastoral Care
Lovethe Ch1ef Th1ng
The Glory of the Pr1esthood
The Character and Temptat1ons of a B1shop
Part1cular Dut1es and Problems
The Penalty for Fa1lure
The M1n1stry of the Word
3 Temptat1ons of the Teacher
4 The Need for Pur1ty
5 The Contrast between B1shop and Monk
The Conclus1on of Johns Apolog1a

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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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