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Preaching BondageJohn Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity$
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Chris L. de Wet

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286214

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286214.001.0001

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Preaching Bondage and the Legacy of Christian Doulology

(p.271) 7 Conclusion
Preaching Bondage

Chris L. de Wet

University of California Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the book's findings and assesses their relevance in understanding slavery as a discourse preached by John Chrysostom. It considers what can be deduced from Chrysostom's homilies about the impact of Christianity on slavery in late antiquity and highlights the role played by his homilies in transmitting a Christianized doulology to later Roman society. It also examines Chrysostom's use of metaphors and stereotypes of the slave strategically in his homilies to influence Christian identity and the identity of outsiders. It argues that Chrysostom's homilies exhibit very little empathy toward slaves and that Chrysostom was more concerned about the condition of the human soul than slavery. Finally, it discusses Chrysostom's preaching about slaveholding as part of his rhetoric concerning the management and renunciation of wealth.

Keywords:   slavery, John Chrysostom, homilies, Christianity, doulology, slaves, Christian identity, soul, slaveholding, wealth

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