n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Romanos Melodos, 'On Dives and Lazarus' - preaching the New Testament

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The aim of this article is to provide an illustration of the preaching method employed by the great Byzantine poet-preacher, Romanos the Melodist. In an introductory section the kontakion as literary genre is defined, relating to its name, its external and literary form. The introduction is concluded with a short description of the two main aspects of Romanos' exegetical presentation of the biblical text: elaborated narrative or story telling and dramatization. In the second part of the article the homiletic art of Romanos is illustrated by showing how he has presented read and preached the parable of the rich man and Lazarus related in Luke 16.19-31. After an overview of the structure of Luke 16.19-31, the homily - 'On Dives and Lazarus' is analyzed in the form of both commentary and an annotated translation of the homily. In the conclusion to the article, attention is also drawn to the use of imagery and antithesis as technique to delineate his two main characters.

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