Revisioning John Chrysostom, Chris de Wet and Wendy Mayer harness and promote a new wave of scholarship on the life and works of this famous late-antique (c. 350-407 CE) preacher. New theories from the cognitive and neurosciences, cultural and sleep studies, and history of the emotions, among others, meld with reconsideration of lapsed approaches – his debt to Graeco-Roman paideia, philosophy, and now medicine – resulting in sometimes surprising and challenging conclusions. Together the chapters produce a fresh vision of John Chrysostom that moves beyond the often negative views of the 20th century and open up substantially new vistas for exploration.
Chris L. de Wet, Ph.D. (2013), is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at University of South Africa. He has published extensively on John Chrysostom, including the monograph
Preaching Bondage (University of California Press, 2015).
Wendy Mayer, Ph.D. (1996), is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Australian Lutheran College, University of Divinity. She has published widely on John Chrysostom and his milieu, including (with Pauline Allen)
The Churches of Syrian Antioch (Peeters, 2012).
Table of contents
Preface Abbreviations Notes on Contributors 1 Approaching and Appreciating John Chrysostom in New Ways
Chris L. de Wet and Wendy Mayer 2 John Chrysostom and the Troubling Jewishness of Paul
Courtney Wilson VanVeller 3 TPreaching Hatred? John Chrysostom, Neuroscience, and the Jews
Wendy Mayer 4 Preaching and Christianisation: Communication, Cognition and Audience Reception
Isabella Sandwell 5 Emancipatory Preaching: John Chrysostom’s Homily
Peccata fratrum non evulganda (CPG 4389)
Geert Roskam 6 Text Worlds and Imagination in Chrysostom’s Pedagogy
Jan R. Stenger 7 “Hear and Shudder!”: John Chrysostom’s Therapy of the Soul
James Cook 8 Locating Animals in John Chrysostom’s Thought
Blake Leyerle 9 Homiletics and the History of Emotions: The Case of John Chrysostom
Yannis Papadogiannakis 10 Bound Together for Heaven: Mutual Emotions in Chrysostom’s
Homilies on Matthew for Well-Ordered and Fruitful Community in Anxious Times
Peter C. Moore 11 Brain, Nerves, and Ecclesial Membership in John Chrysostom
Jessica Wright 12 The Preacher’s Diet: Gluttony, Regimen, and Psycho-Somatic Health in the Thought of John Chrysostom
Chris L. de Wet 13 Reading Plato Through the Eyes of Eusebius: John Chrysostom’s
Timaeus Quotations in Rhetorical Context
Samuel Pomeroy 14 The Natural Law in John Chrysostom
Constantine A. Bozinis 15 “Dogs Priced at Three Obols”: The Reception of Cynicism in John Chrysostom
Paschalis Gkortsilas 16 The Iconic Abraham as John Chrysostom’s High Priest of Philanthropy
Demetrios E. Tonias 17 Exemplar Portraits and the Interpretation of John Chrysostom’s Doctrine of Recapitulation
Pak-Wah Lai 18 The Devil did not Make You do It: Chrysostom’s Refutation of Modern Deliverance Theology
Samantha L. Miller 19 John Chrysostom and Same-Sex Eros in the History of Sexuality
Benjamin H. Dunning 20 The Body of Christ’s Barbarian Limb: John Chrysostom’s Processions and the Embodied Performance of Nicene Christianity
Jonathan P. Stanfill 21 Night in the Big City: Temporal Patterns in Antioch and Constantinople as Revealed by Chrysostom’s Sermons
Leslie Dossey 22 Capital Crimes: Deconstructing John’s “Unnecessary Severity” in Managing the Clergy at Constantinople
Justin M. Pigott Bibliographies 1 Primary Sources 2 John Chrysostom’s Works Indices 1 Index of Ancient Authors 2 General Index
All libraries, specialists and students interested in the life and works of John Chrysostom, early Christian preaching, Greek patristics, late-antique medicine, and late antiquity more generally.