John Chrysostom: On the Priesthood

Chrysostom, John. Six Books on the Priesthood.  SVS Popular Patristics Paperbacks.

While it isn’t the easiest work to get into, it does reveal itself to be a rhetorical masterpiece. Modern readers will find some of John’s moves off-putting, namely his deceit and the bad light in which he intentionally paints himself.

The rest of the book is a witness to the axiom that human nature is a universal constant. The garbage 4th century priests face is the same that modern ministers face.

The language is certainly idealized. No one is capable of embodying these standards, a fact Basil points out many times. All throughout we get vivid glimpses of 4th century Antioch and Constantinople.

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