Apostolic authority and the ‘incident at Antioch’: Chrysostom on Galatians 2:11-14

Susan B Griffith

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Paul’s confrontation of Peter in Antioch, as related in Galatians 2:11-14, caused much consternation for the exegetes of the early church. Controversy over how these two foundational apostles could clash produced multiple divergent theories, and even provided fodder for pagan critics. Chrysostom’s interpretation of the passage is often incorrectly lumped with that of other fathers. This paper looks closely at Chrysostom’s elaborate explanation in his occasional homily on the pericope (In illud: In faciem ei restiti), and compares this to the exegesis found in his better-known sermon series on Galatians (In epistulam ad Galatas commentarius). Close analysis reveals the former as a highly-structured and Christianized encomium to the city of Antioch. Chrysostom’s interpretations are placed in the context of other patristic and pagan uses of the Pauline text, as well as the context of perceptions of authority in the early church.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudia Patristica
Subtitle of host publicationPapers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015
Place of PublicationLeuven, Belgium
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-90-429-3592-1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2017
EventSeventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies - University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015

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NameStudia Patristica


ConferenceSeventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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