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dc.contributor.authorStander, H. F.
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-20T09:53:40Z
dc.date.available2017-09-20T09:53:40Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationStander, H. F. (2009). Theft and robbery in Chrysostom's time. Acta Theologica, 29(2), 74-85.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1015-8758 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2309-9089 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/6967
dc.description.abstractEnglish: 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_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectChrysostomen_ZA
dc.subjectHomiliesen_ZA
dc.subjectRobberyen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial historyen_ZA
dc.titleTheft and robbery in Chrysostom's timeen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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dc.rights.holderFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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