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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Wendy Mayer ix
Foreword Keith E. Eitel xi
Prologue: An Evening in Fourth-Century Antioch xvii
1 Introduction 1
2 Precursory Issues 9
3 A Pastor of the Later Roman Empire 25
4 A Pastor in Antioch 49
5 Counter-Cultural Generosity 64
6 Engagement and Cooperation 81
7 Communicating the Good News 98
8 Strategic Ecclesiology and the Christian Life 110
9 Conclusion: Almsgiving and Contemporary Evangelicalism 137
Epilogue: Almsgiving is a great thing… 148
Appendix: The Life of John Chrysostom 149
Scripture Index 171
Names Index 175
What People are Saying About This
"Eric Costanzo presents a significantly new analysis of John Chrysostom's teachings on and approach to almsgiving, an aspect central to his theology. While new research on John Chrysostom and poverty has appeared in recent years, this is the first study focused specifically on almsgiving to appear since the brief and somewhat peculiar study published by Otto Plassmann."
From the Foreword by Wendy Mayer
"Rich in both biblical and patristic reflection, this book is a call for evangelicals to reclaim the ancient Christian practice of almsgiving. The word sounds quaint these days, but Eric Costanzo challenges us to learn again a pattern of life and love that is central to following Jesus Christ. This is a book that admonishes as well as informs."
Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School
"Costanzo and Chrysostom remind us the poor are not our enemy. Instead, the poor are the agents through which we have the opportunity to embrace Christ's command to love 'the least of these.' John Chrysostom's words echo through history, and Costanzo has amplified them for the modern ear."
Deron Spoo, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Harbor for the Poor highlights the missional character of almsgiving in John Chrysostom's writings with theological sensitivity, ecclesial vision, and pastoral spirit."
Helen Rhee, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Westmont College