Comparison Between a King and a Monk / Against the Opponents of the Monastic Life. Two Treatises

Author: Hunter, David
Chrysostom, John
The introduction and notes provide information on Chrysostom's life before his ordination and represent the first major study of these early ascetical treatises in English.


"The first English translation of these two treatises. . . . They are apologies for monasticism written by someone who tried the life, damaged his health, and decided that active ministry in the church was more suitable." - Encounter

"Not only does it provide the first English translation of two of John Chrysostom's early treatises which are crucial for an understanding of his view of the monastic life, but it also offers in the introductory chapters a contextualization of Chrysostom's early life, illuminating in particular the extent to which classical culture was deeply interwoven into the Christianity of late fourth century Antioch. . . . Both these translations adhere closely to the Greek text yet remain very readable. . . . it is elucidating and helpful.. . . In all this is a splendid book. It is essential and rewarding reading for any student of Chrysostom, of monasticism, or indeed of late antique Antioch. " - Patristics

". . . Hunter offers a capable, nuanced, and cautious but ultimately persuasive argument that Chrysostom received his schooling under Libanus and reacted vigorously against his teacher in several of his treatises - including the two that appear here, for the first time, in English translation. . . . Hunter has managed to retain the eloquence that originally earned this early church father the epithet, "Chrysostom' (i.e., "golden-tongued') by which he has ever since been known. . . . Those interested in the patristic contributions to preaching, apologetics, and pastoral counsel should consider obtaining a copy of this volume. It should certainly be in the libraries of seminaries and of undergraduate departments of religion." - Calvin Theological Journal