SPF 9 – Homilies in Context

Edited by Anni Maria Laato, Serafim Seppälä & Harri Huovinen
Studia Patristica Fennica 9, 2020

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As skilled rhetoricians, the early Christian preachers knew that in order to reach the hearts of their listeners, they need to know their operational environment, and use a language familiar to their audience. In a way, a modern scholar trying to interpret these homilies meets the same challenge: in order to understand homilies delivered more than a thousand years ago, we need to try to understand their original context as well as possible.

The present volume consists of four articles exploring the importance of context for early Christian homilies.

Contents

Preface
Anni Maria Laato, President, Societas Patristica Fennica

Textual Variation in the Old Testament and Early Christian Sermons
Tuukka Kauhanen, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

The Three Enemies in John Chrysostom’s Adversus Judaeos
Serafim Seppälä, Professor, University of Eastern Finland

The Interaction Between the Preacher and His Audience in Middle Byzantine Preaching: Andrew of Crete and John Damascus
Fr Damaskinos (Olkinuora) of Xenophontos, University Lecturer, University of Eastern Finland

Towards Participation in the Healthy Body: Spiritual Healing and Church Membership in Cyril of Jerusalem, Basil of Caesarea and John Chrysostom
Harri Huovinen, PhD student, University of Eastern Finland

ISBN 978-952-68879-6-8 (nid.)
ISBN 978-952-68879-7-5 (PDF)
ISSN 2341-7447 Studia Patristica Fennica