This article looked at hunger and famine in Chrysostom’s time. It has always been tragic
and ironic that hunger should exist in a world of plenty. This topic has been discussed
from an economic, social, theological, philosophical, medical, humanitarian and exegetical
perspective. Chrysostom’s statements on this issue are studied, but our concern is only
involuntary hunger, whilst voluntary forms of self-denial are being excluded. An attempt is
made to define a social construct of poverty and hunger in Chrysostom’s world.