On the Priesthood

On the Priesthood

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St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
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On the Priesthood

None of the Fathers of the early church is better known or loved than St John Chrysostom, and none of his works is more popular than On the Priesthood. Its stylistic brilliance demonstrates the appropriateness of St John's enduring title, "the golden-mouthed." Yet the rhetorical eloquence of the work is not simply camouflage for lack of substance. As Graham Neville observes in his Introduction, Chrysostom "had a mind both practical and idealistic, that brought into close connection the evils and injustices of the world and the perfection of moral life demanded by the gospel." Chrysostom's unique gift for linking concrete observation and theological vision is nowhere more evident than in On the Priesthood. Its presence helps to account for the work's power to inspire and challenge Christians in all ages.

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ISBN-13: 9780913836385
Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1John's Deceit37
2Basil's Reproaches43
3John's Reply47
4The Difficulty of Pastoral Care52
5Love--the Chief Thing60
6John continues his Apologia65
7The Glory of the Priesthood70
8The Difficulty of the Priesthood75
9The Character and Temptations of a Bishop80
10Particular Duties and Problems89
2Widows and the Sick94
11The Penalty for Failure104
12The Ministry of the Word114
13Temptations of the Teacher127
14The Need for Purity136
15The Contrast between Bishop and Monk143
16The Conclusion of John's Apologia150

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