This chapter seeks to outline and challenge some of the assumptions that have underlain scholarship on Chrysostom’s preaching. Using work from modern communication theory on dialogue and mass communication as competing modes of communication, it argues first that too often Chrysostom scholars have made the mistaken assumption that Chrysostom’s preaching must have acted as a form of dialogue with his audience to have been affected. It then goes on to develop the model of mass communication as more fitting to Chrysostom’s preaching using the findings of cognitive science on how people comprehend verbal discourse and of the cognitive science of religion. Finally, it seeks to apply this new model to a small example from Chrysostom’s first two homilies on Matthew. Overall, this chapter hopes to propose not just a new model for thinking about the reception of Chrysostom’s preaching by his audiences, but also a new way for thinking about preaching’s role in the transmission and success of Christianity in late antiquity.
|Title of host publication||ReVisioning John Chrysostom:|
|Subtitle of host publication||New Theories and Approaches|
|Editors||Wendy Mayer, Chris De Wet|
|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||38|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Mar 2019|