Preaching Bondage and the Legacy of Christian Doulology
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.
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