Theft and robbery in Chrysostom's time

Show simple item record Stander, Hennie (Hendrik Frederik), 1953- 2010-02-17T06:30:37Z 2010-02-17T06:30:37Z 2009-12
dc.description.abstract The aim of this article is to study what Chrysostom said about theft and robbery in his community. His homilies on the New Testament will be scrutinized for information on this negative feature of the ancient world, since homilies are always important sources for information on social issues. It becomes clear that house-breaking was quite common, and that robberies were often associated with violence. Even tombs were robbed and were plundered of valuables. Robbers were severely punished and for a single theft one could spend the rest of one's life in prison. Prisoners were also dependent on their family or on the charity of Christians for food. But Chrysostom also looked at robbery from a theological point of view. He ascribed it to the working of demons. When we are robbed, we are confronted with various choices: we can curse the robber, or we can plot against him, or we can thank God. This study will make a contribution to our knowledge of the social history of the ancient world. en
dc.identifier.citation Stander, HF 2009, 'Theft and robbery in Chrysostom's time', Acta Theologica, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 74-85. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 1015-8758
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Faculty of Theology of the University of the Orange Free State en
dc.rights Faculty of Theology of the University of the Orange Free State en
dc.subject Chrysostom en
dc.subject.lcsh John Chrysostom, Saint, d. 407 -- Sermons en
dc.subject.lcsh Robbery en
dc.subject.lcsh Theft en
dc.subject.lcsh Social history -- To 500 en
dc.title Theft and robbery in Chrysostom's time en
dc.type Article en

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