St John Chrysostom as Homilist
January 31, 2008 Length: 41:06A talk given at St. Vladimir's Seminary on January 30th, 2008, the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, as part of a Symposium on St John Chrysostom which wrapped up a year-long commemoration of the 1600th anniversary of his repose. Dr. Margaret Mitchell addressed St John Chrysostom as homilist. With her own new translation of one of St. John’s sermons on 2 Corinthians 4:13, the Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School discussed the structure and content to show how St John communicated his profound and practical message. She particularly highlighted St. John’s emphasis on the importance, even necessity, of alms giving. “His teachings almost always communicate an exhortation to care for the poor and needy,” said Dr Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature in the University of Chicago’s Divinity School and author of The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation