|Year of publication||2020|
|Editorial series||Vita nello Spirito|
The translation of the VIII and IX homilies on the Genesis of John Chrysostom contains the commentary on the account of the sixth day of Creation. Boccadoro focuses his homily on the famous verse in which the divine word shapes the entire humanity in being: in our image, in our likeness, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, livestock, all wild beasts and all the reptiles that crawl on the earth (Gn. 1,26). A concise introduction about the preliminary questions on the date and the historical-pastoral context is provided with the work. A note on Chrysostominian exegesis and key to his interpretation, as well as a brief rereading of both doctrinal and spiritual teachings, completes the hermeneutic horizon. A careful reading will permit us to consider the pre-eminent honor conferred by God on man, compared to all other creatures, in order to reflect on his proper condition, as beings made in the image and divine likeness. Although Chrysostom’s typical historical-philological approach lingers on semantics and grammar, he does not fail to place the meaning of the Word at the center of his catechesis, in order to infer the most suitable teachings for the spiritual and social life of the faithful.
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