By Demetrios E. Tonias
All through its first 3 centuries of lifestyles, the Christian group, whereas new to the Roman world's pluralistic spiritual scene, portrayed itself as an historical faith. The early church group claimed the Jewish Bible as their very own and appeared to it to safeguard their claims to historicity. whereas Jews appeared to Moses and the Sinai covenant because the concentration in their ancient dating with God, the early church fathers and apologists pointed out themselves as inheritors of the promise given to Abraham and observed their venture to the Gentiles because the achievement of God's statement that Abraham will be "a father of many countries" (Gen 17:5).
It is in mild of this history that Demetrios Tonias undertakes the 1st, entire exam of John Chrysostom's view of the patriarch Abraham.
By studying the whole variety of references to Abraham in Chrysostom's paintings, Tonias finds the ways that Chrysostom used Abraham as a version of philosophical and Christian advantage, familial devotion, philanthropy, and obedient religion.
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Mitchell, “The Archetypal Image: John Chrysostom’s Portraits of Paul,” The Journal of Religion 75, no. 1 (1995): 66. 40. Hunter, “Libanius and John Chrysostom: New Thoughts on an Old Problem,” 129–35. 41. Within the body of Chrysostom’s Comparatio regis et monachi there have been discovered several direct quotations from Libanius as well allusions to some of the sophist’s previous work. See John Chrysostom, A Comparison between a King and a Monk. Against the Opponents of the Monastic Life: Two Treatises, trans.
M. Aurel. 5. 16 | Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom The Pauline influence on Chrysostom and the other Antiochenes, as described later, was indeed profound and, combined with their own similar cultural exposure to Stoicism, no doubt led to their appropriation of such Stoic athletic imagery in their exegesis. Indeed, the Stoic athletic ideal is present in the famous letter of Ignatius of Antioch to Polycarp throughout the first three chapters of the epistle. ”14 That this prominent Antiochene first-century father of the church used such profoundly Stoic language indicates that the use of this type of language indeed had a long history in Antiochene Christian discourse.
118). 39. Margaret M. Mitchell, “The Archetypal Image: John Chrysostom’s Portraits of Paul,” The Journal of Religion 75, no. 1 (1995): 66. 40. Hunter, “Libanius and John Chrysostom: New Thoughts on an Old Problem,” 129–35. 41. Within the body of Chrysostom’s Comparatio regis et monachi there have been discovered several direct quotations from Libanius as well allusions to some of the sophist’s previous work. See John Chrysostom, A Comparison between a King and a Monk. Against the Opponents of the Monastic Life: Two Treatises, trans.
Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom by Demetrios E. Tonias