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Preaching and Popular Christianity: Reading the Sermons of John Chrysostom

James Daniel Cook


The vast homiletic corpus of John Chrysostom has received renewed attention in recent years as a source for the wider cultural and historical context within which his sermons were preached. Scholars have demonstrated the excitin potential his sermons have to shed light on aspects of daily life, popular attitudes and practices of lay piety. In short, Chrysostom’s sermons have been recognised as a valuable source for the study of ’popular Christianity’ at the end of the fourth century. This study, however, questions the validity of some recent conclusions. A narrative has been developed in which ... More

Keywords: John Chrysostom, preaching, late antiquity, popular Christianity, rhetoric, liturgy, Christianization

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198835998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835998.001.0001


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James Daniel Cook, author
Independent scholar

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