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A few remarks on the Inedita Pseudo-Chrysostomic Homily De transfiguratione et eleemosyna (CPG 5009; BHGn 1996t)

Radu Gârbacea
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6686 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6686 | © 2021 Radu Gârbacea | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 April 2021 | Published: 27 August 2021

About the author(s)

Radu Gârbacea, Department of Orthodox Theology, Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania; Department of Systematic and Historical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


The article presents the preliminary results of the author’s study of the unedited homily De transfiguratione et eleemosyna (CPG 5009; BHGn 1996t), ascribed to John Chrysostom. The question of the manuscript tradition is first discussed. The article shows that Maurice Sachot is right when he indicates only the manuscript Romanus Angelicus gr. 125 (T.1.7) as a manuscript witness of this homily and that the other two witnesses indicated by Pinakes are erroneous. Then, the descriptions of the folios that preserve the homily are analysed in the light of a new examination of them. This re-examination shows that hitherto several sources that inspired the compiler have gone unnoticed. This is followed by a brief summary of the contents of the homily and an analysis of the passages in which almsgiving is mentioned.

Contribution: The article offers a re-examination of the folios 353v–361 from the manuscript Romanus Angelicus gr. 125 (T.1.7), the first presentation of the content of the homily De transfiguratione et eleemosyna, and tries to shed light on the association of the theme of the Transfiguration with almsgiving.


Pseudo-John Chrysostom; John Chrysostom; De transfiguratione et eleemosyna; CPG 5009; BHGn 1996t; codex Romanus Angelicus gr. 125 (T.1.7); Transfiguration; almsgiving


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1. The Inedita Homily In transfigurationem Domini (BHGn 1980a): A compilation using Proclus of Constantinople
Radu Gârbacea
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies  vol: 78  issue: 4  year: 2022  
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