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 seemed to it to guard their claims to historicity. whereas Jews regarded to Moses and the Sinai covenant because the concentration in their old courting 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 gentle of this heritage that Demetrios Tonias undertakes the 1st, accomplished exam of John Chrysostom's view of the patriarch Abraham.

By interpreting the total diversity 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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The Pauline nature of Chrysostom’s view of Abraham, however, was not confined to his homilies on the Pauline corpus, nor was Chrysostom limited to Paul’s examination of Abraham. Paul’s treatment of Abraham was the departure point from which Chrysostom expanded his own particular exegetical view. 68. One should not make too much of the similarity of agonistic language in Paul and Chrysostom nor imply that Chrysostom was writing in the style of Paul. Rather, Chrysostom was simply adapting Pauline language that fit neatly into the sophistic style he learned in his youth.

Hill, 2 vols. (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1998), 1:26–27. 53. 421. 54. 429. Literary, Rhetorical, and Exegetical Influences | 27 Hexapla) with the Greek to help resolve difficult passages. Chrysostom comments on Gen. ”56 The implication for Chrysostom was that the Hebrew “under my loins” more directly referred to the procreative aspect of the Abrahamic promise that he would be the father of many nations. Chrysostom, ever the literal interpreter, thus referenced the Hebrew since he considered the Greek “under my thigh” somewhat ambiguous and not helpful to the point he was attempting to make.

Chrysostom, however, was first and foremost a homilist and a pastor.

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