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Genesis: Then and Now
Highlights from 67 Homilies by Saint John Chrysostom on the Book of Genesis
Editor: Johanna Manley
With his golden-mouthed homilies, his thoroughness in sifting through even the smallest of bits of information, and his all-embracing love of God and man, St. John Chrysostom makes the Book of Genesis the archeology of the human spirit.
Developing the theme Then and Now, homilies are followed by relevant Christian commentaries. Included are Church Fathers from late antiquity: Saints Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great, Ephraim the Syrian, later fathers such as Saints John of Damascus, Gregory Palamas and others. Drawn from more modern times, we read excerpts from the writings of Saints Nikolai Velimirovich, Nectarios of Pentapolis, and John of Shanghai. Orthodox hierarchs are quoted, including His All Holiness Bartholomew, Patriarch of Constantinople, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diocleia and many others. Further, we read from the works of Archpriest Georges Florovsky, Protopresbyters Alexander Schmemann, and Thomas Hopko, as well as prominent professors and theologians. Historian Eusebius of Ceasaria and a leading scientist, Andrew Parker, round out the spectrum of Christian commentators. Together, these God-loving men show us the wonderful blessings and inheritance we enjoy in our life in Christ in the present age. An introduction, two Epilogues, Apendices and a Post Script 2011 are added to provide means for lively discussions and further study.