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Preaching Bondage: John Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity

Chris L. de Wet


This book introduces and investigates the novel concept of doulology, the discourse of slavery, in the homilies of John Chrysostom, the late fourth-century priest and bishop. The text examines the dynamics of enslavement in Chrysostom's theology, virtue ethics, and biblical interpretation and shows that human bondage as a metaphorical and theological construct had a profound effect on the lives of institutional slaves. The highly corporeal and gendered discourse associated with slavery was necessarily central in Chrysostom's discussions of the household, property, education, discipline, and se ... More

Keywords: doulology, slavery, John Chrysostom, enslavement, virtue ethics, biblical interpretation, human bondage, Christianity, late antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286214
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris L. de Wet, author