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Golden mouth : the story of John Chrysostom--ascetic, preacher, bishop

Author: J N D Kelly
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995.
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John Chrysostom, or "Golden Mouth," was a famous ascetic and preacher of the fourth/fifth century, a controversial bishop of Constantinople, and a brilliant orator - hence the epithet. This is the first comprehensive study of him in the English language in over a century. In the early chapters John Kelly highlights Chrysostom's youthful experiments with asceticism at Antioch in Syria, his six years as a monk and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kelly, J.N.D. (John Norman Davidson).
Golden mouth.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)742325312
Named Person: John Chrysostom, Saint; John Chrysostom, Saint
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J N D Kelly
ISBN: 0801431891 9780801431890
OCLC Number: 31900155
Description: x, 310 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The early years --
The young ascetic --
Retreat to the mountains --
Deacon and pamphleteer --
Preacher's first year --
An anxious Lent --
Decade of development --
Unexpected promotion --
Diplomat and rough reformer --
The bishop at work --
Crises in the capital --
Intervention in Asia --
Dispute with Severian --
The affair of the Long brothers --
Epiphanos to the rescue --
The oak --
Between two exiles --
Final exile --
Last journey --
Epilogue: Triumphal return.
Responsibility: J.N.D. Kelly.

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John Chrysostom, or "Golden Mouth," was a famous ascetic and preacher of the fourth/fifth century, a controversial bishop of Constantinople, and a brilliant orator - hence the epithet. This is the first comprehensive study of him in the English language in over a century. In the early chapters John Kelly highlights Chrysostom's youthful experiments with asceticism at Antioch in Syria, his six years as a monk and then a recluse in the nearby mountains, and his influential role as Antioch's leading preacher. The central section of the book shows him as a fearlessly outspoken populist bishop of the capital. Kelly focuses on his authoritarian style, his interventions in political crises, and his clashes with the Empress Eudoxia, as well as his efforts to promote the primacy of the see of Constantinople in the east. The final chapters reconstruct the plots that led to Chrysostom's downfall, the drama of his trial, and his exile and death. Golden Mouth also provides fresh analyses of Chrysostom's principal treatises and public addresses, and discussions of his views on monasticism, sexuality and marriage, education, and suffering.

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