Chrysostom’s Homilies on Philippians in a Year

I plan on reading through Chrysostom’s homilies on Philippians in a year. You can join me if you want.

Over the next month, I will be hard at work typing up Migne’s text of these homilies, and dividing them up into manageable weekly readings. The goal is to get through one homily every four weeks.

Along with the text, I will footnote words that appear 20x or less in the New Testament. Footnotes will include the form of the word in the text, the lexical form, a definition for the word, and a frequency statistic (derived from Accordance searches) from the NT and LXX. Multiple occurrences of the same word will not receive multiple footnotes, only the first occurrence in each week’s reading. Some difficult to recognize forms will also receive a footnote containing the lexical form. Finally, I will provide flashcards for the vocabulary for each week’s reading. These cards will be made available in a plaintext file, on quizlet, and on VocabPro. Here is a sample of what this will look like from Chrysostom’s first homily:

Vocabulary Files

Text (Migne Patrologiae Graecae v.62)

Οἱ Φιλιπήσιοι ἀπὸ πόλεώς εἰσι τῆς Μακεδονίας Φιλίππων, οὕτω καλουμένης ἀπὸ τοῦ οἰκιστοῦ[1] πόλεως κολωνίας,[2] καθὼς ὁ Λουκᾶς φησιν· Ἐνταῦθα[3] ἡ πορφυρόπωλις[4] ἐπέστρεψεν, εὐλαβὴς[5] γυνὴ σφόδρα, καὶ προσεκτική·[6] ἐνταῦθα ὁ ἀρχισυνάγωγος[7] ἐπίστευσεν· ἐνταῦθα ἐμαστίχθη[8] ὁ Παῦλος μετὰ τοῦ Σίλα· ἐνταῦθα οἱ στρατηγοὶ[9] ἠξίωσαν αὐτοὺς ἐξελθεῖν, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν αὐτούς· καὶ λαμπρὰν[10] ἔσχε τὸ κήρυγμα[11] τὴν ἀρχήν. Μαρτυρεῖ δὲ αὐτοῖς καὶ αὐτὸς πολλὰ καὶ μεγάλα, στέφανον αὐτοῦ καλῶν αὐτοὺς, καὶ πολλὰ πεπονθέναι[12] λέγων· Ὑμῖν γὰρ ἐχαρίσθη, φησὶν, ἀπὸ θεοῦ οὐ μόνον τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν πιστεύειν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ πάσχειν. Ὅτε δὲ ἔγραφε πρὸς αὐτούς, συνέβη[13] αὐτὸν δεδέσθαι. Διὰ τοῦτό φησιν, Ὥστε τοὺς δεσμούς[14] μου φανεροὺς,[15] ἐν Χριστῷ γενέσθαι ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ πραιτωρίῳ· πραιτώριον τὰ βασίλεια τοῦ Νέρωνος καλῶν.


[1] οἰκιστοῦ from οἰκίσκος “small room, chamber, hut, cottage, house” [Used 0x in NT; 0x in LXX]

[2] κολωνίας from κολωνία “colony” [Used 1x in NT; 0x in LXX]

[3] ἐνταῦθα from ἐνταῦθα “here, hither, at the very time, then” [Used 0x in NT; 32x in LXX]

[4] πορφυρόπωλις from πορφυρόπωλις “merchant of purple cloth” [Used 1x in NT; 0x in LXX]

[5] εὐλαβής from εὐλαβής “reverent, cautious” [Used 4x in NT; 2x in LXX]

[6] προσεκτική from προσεκτικός “careful, cautious, prudent, malicious” [Used 0x in NT; 0x in LXX]

[7] ἀρχισυνάγωγος from ἀρχισυνάγωγος “leader of the synagogue” [Used 9x in NT; 0x in LXX]

[8] ἐμαστίχθη from μαστιγόω “to whip, beat with a whip” [Used 7x in NT; 31x in LXX]

[9] στρατηγοὶ from στρατηγός “soldier” [Used 10x in NT; 53x in LXX]

[10] λαμπρὰν from λαμπρός “bright, illustrious” [Used 2x in NT; 6x in LXX]

[11] κήρυγμα from κήρυγμα “preaching, proclamation” [Used 9x in NT; 4x in LXX]

[12] This word is from πάσχω.

[13] συνέβη from συμβαίνω “to happen, befall” [Used 8x in NT; 47x in LXX]

[14] δεσμούς from δεσμός “chain, bond, imprisonment” [18x in NT; 48 in LXX]

[15] φανεροὺς from φανερός “known, plain” [Used 18x in NT; 19x in LXX]

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3 Responses to Chrysostom’s Homilies on Philippians in a Year

  1. GeoffSmith says:

    Sounds like the fun. I’d like to try to hang with you on this.

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