n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - John Chrysostom and hermeneutics of resuscitation : a critical glimpse into the reading and preaching of Pauline texts in the 4th century A.D. and its implications for biblical studies today

Volume 92, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article examines John Chrysostom's hermeneutics dubbed by Margaret M. Mitchell as a hermeneutic of resuscitation. It is especially concerned with Chrysostom's interpretation and preaching of Pauline texts. It is at the same time also an elaboration and critique on Mitchell's view of Chrysostom's hermeneutic. The paper illustrates how Chrysostom revivifies Paul via invention, animation, scripting and mirroring, and delineates the significance of this hermeneutic, which can be understood as a type of somatography rather than biography or historiography, for ancient Christian culture as well as its value for Biblical scholarship today.

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