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Homilies on Genesis, 1–17 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 74)

Saint John Chrysostom

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation

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This is the first of several volumes containing the series of 67 homilies composed by St John Chrysostom on the entire book of Genesis. Before the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when those

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Homily 1

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pp. 20-28

Sam Pleased (21a) and delighted to see the church of God adorned today with the throng of her own children, and to see you all coming together with great joy. I mean, whenever . . .

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Homily 2

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pp. 29-38

Today, looking at your dear faces, I am filled with great happiness. (26c) My happiness is not simply that of doting parents who are pleased to have their children milling around them . . .

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Homily 3

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pp. 39-50

Reading (32C) the holy Scriptures is like a treasure.3 With a treasure, you see, anyone able to find a tiny nugget gains for himself great wealth; likewise in the case of Sacred Scripture, you can . . .

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Homily 4

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pp. 51-65

Witnessing as I do, dearly beloved, your daily gathering here with such enthusiasm, I am filled with deep satisfaction, and I do not fail to praise the loving God for your progress. I mean, just as . . .

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Homily 5

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pp. 66-76

Some now, dearly beloved, (48b) today also let us set before you the feast that comes from the words of the blessed Moses, and observe carefully what was created by the Lord on the third . . .

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Homily 6

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pp. 77-90

I want to take up the usual line of teaching, yet I hesitate and hang back: a cloud of despair has settled upon me, and has confused and upset my train of thought-not simply despair but . . .

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Homily 7

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pp. 91-104

Yesterday we sufficiently upbraided those who deserted us for the horse racing. We showed them how great was the harm they suffered, and how in one fell swoop they had squandered the spiritual riches . . .

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Homily 8

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pp. 105-116

Some now. Yesterday you listened with great enthusiasm to the words we had for you. So today, too, let us propose for your consideration (7oa), my dear people, the text just read, first exhorting . . .

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Homily 9

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pp. 117-126

To begin (76b) by an analogy with hardworking farmers. Whenever they see a rich pasture with great depth of soil, they sow the seed liberally and give it their constant and undivided . . .

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Homily 10

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pp. 127-142

Our Congregation today is smaller, and the participants in the action less numerous. Why is this, and what is responsible for it? Perhaps some people are ashamed to attend this spiritual banquet . . .

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Homily 11

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pp. 143-155

Sam aware that in these past days I have challenged your thinking with some quite profound notions, (91a) hence today I intend to put to you a simpler instruction. You see, just as the body . . .

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Homily 12

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pp. 156-168

Some now, today let us fulfil our promise and move on to the accustomed instruction, connecting what we are about to say with the thread of the sermons given so far. (g8c) You remember, of course, that when . . .

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Homily 13

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pp. 169-179

I see your insatiable interest, your great enthusiasm and eager attention, and the way you are all coming to spiritual teaching expectant and impatient. On the other hand, I am conscious of . . .

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Homily 14

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pp. 180-193

Today again, if you don't mind, we will continue in the direction of yesterday's sermon, and apply ourselves to the task of drawing out from there the thread of spiritual teaching for . . .

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Homily 15

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pp. 194-206

Sam very gratified by you for the fact that yesterday you received with great enthusiasm the exhortation we gave and, far from being upset at the length of the discourse, you followed . . .

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Homily 16

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pp. 207-221

I would like today, dearly beloved, to open up for you spiritual treasure, which though distributed is never fully exhausted, (126a) which though bringing riches to everyone is in no way diminished . . .

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Homily 17

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pp. 222-245

We have said enough, I would think, as far as our abilities lie, in giving our explanation lately of the tree, to teach you, dearly beloved, what was the reason why Sacred Scripture called it the . . .

E-ISBN-13: 9780813211749
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813209722

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation

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  • Bible. O.T. Genesis -- Sermons.
  • Sermons, Greek -- Early works to 1800.
  • Sermons, Early Christian.
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