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Bibil Identifier bibil:220007
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) How to Teach Genesis 1.1-19: John Chrysostom and Basil of Caesarea on the Creation of the World
Author Sandwell, Isabella
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 19, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 539-564 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract John Chrysostom and Basil of Caesarea both preached on Gen 1.1-19 to similar audiences in the last quarter of the fourth century C.E. Both were followers of Nicaea and both claimed to carry out literal forms of exegesis and yet Chrysostom's pastoral and moral concerns and Basil's interest in science and philosophy meant that their preaching on the early books of Genesis was radically different. This article will explore the differences between the two in order to assess which would have been more successful at teaching the newly created world and thus at bringing about audience understanding of the difficult text of Genesis. It will use ideas drawn from cognitive psychology to define what counts as understanding and good teaching in order to provide a new approach for making such assessments of ancient preachers.
DOI 10.1353/earl.2011.0048
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : John Chrysostom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Basil of Cesarea
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Creation
Pericopes Genesis 1,1-1,19
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