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John Chrysostom, Homilies on Paul's Letter to the Philippians
Allen, Pauline

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. xxxiv + 345. $39.95

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Description: This volume offers a translation of sixteen homilies by the most famous preacher in Christian antiquity, John Chrysostom. These homilies on Paulís letter to the Philippians constitute the most comprehensive ancient surviving commentary on the letter in any language. The homilies have a direct and conversational style in which examples from daily life abound: children, the elderly, food, agriculture, seafaring, money, commerce, building, furniture, weather, illness, good health, animals, and slavery. Friendship themes, based on Paulís relationship with the church at Philippi, and Christology also figure largely in these homilies. This volume, with Greek text on facing pages, situates Chrysostomís homilies on Paulís letter to the Philippians in their historical, homiletical, rhetorical, and liturgical contexts.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches

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Review by Julien M. Ogereau
Published 1/22/2015
Citation: Julien M. Ogereau, review ofPauline Allen, John Chrysostom, Homilies on Paulís Letter to the Philippians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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