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John Chrysostom
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John Chrysostom (b. 349/50–407 CE) was one of the most prolific Greek authors of the patristic period, and best known as a pulpit orator and expositor of Scripture. His eloquence was renowned even after his death, earning him the nickname “the golden mouthed.”


John was born in Syrian Antioch to a wealthy, albeit not illustrious, family. His father, Secundus, was an influential civil servant in the bureau of the military commander of the Oriens, but died …

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Wet, Chris De, “John Chrysostom”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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