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Dayna S. Kalleres

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276475

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276475.001.0001

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The Spectacle of Exorcism

The Spectacle of Exorcism

(p.87) 3 The Spectacle of Exorcism
City of Demons

Dayna S. Kalleres

University of California Press

In the case of John Chrysostom, I provide a reading of the Adversus Judaeos homilies, in which I argue that Chrysostom instructs “stronger” (most likely, baptized) members how to find Judaizers, verbally assault (i.e., exorcize) them, and bring them to the church for additional cleansing. I argue that John is advocating a form of lay exorcism that will serve to perform, in the public arena, a clear divide between holy Christian and demonic Judaizer (and Judaism). He also instructs “stronger” Christians to confront Jews with words that will “silence” them and “stop up their mouths,” performatively projecting the same boundary. Such performative speech practices, I suggest, are ritually analogous to binding spells (katadesmoi) used to silence one’s enemies, which are pervasive in late antiquity—particularly in an urban environment such as Antioch.

Keywords:   exorcism, baptism, John Chrysostom, demons, possession, Antioch, ritual, Jews, anti-Judaism

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