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Eva Catafygiotu Topping

Patriarchal Prejudice and Pride in Greek Christianity

23See the remarkable collection Παροιμιαι δημωδεις collected and edited by I. Venizelos, 2nd ed. (Hermoupolis: Syra, 1867), passim.
24Quoted from A Treasurey of Russian Sprituality, ed. G.P. Fedotov (New York, 1965),430.
25Les Homelies festalies d' Hesychius de Jerusalem I, ed. M. Aubineau (Brussels, 1978), 26.
26Genesis 3:16
27I Timothy 1:14
28Theophilos of Antioch, PG 6. 1096 A; St. Athanasius of Alexandria, PG 27. 240 D.
29PG 54. 594.
30Ephesians 5:24
31Colossians 3:18; I Peter 3:1; I Timothy 2:11; Ephesians 5:24.
32I Corinthians 11:1-3
33PG 46.332 C.
34Homily 20.1 In Ephsios (II 144 A).
35PG 62. 543-545. Chrysostom represents patristic consensus on the subject.
36Repeated in I Timothy 2:12-14.
37PG 79. 249 D.
38PG 39. 989 A.
40Canticum 51 On Fasting, ι' 4. P. Maas and C. A. Trypanis, Sancti Romani Meoldi Cantica: Cantica Genuina (Oxford, 1963), 445.
41Canticum 19 Mary at the Cross, L' 4. ibid., 146.
42Genesis 3:20, I Timothy 2:13; II Corinthians 11:3.
43Since this vocabulary is so generously distributed in the hymns I shall not give references
44PG 97. 1332 A. In a Lenten sermon St. Basil instructs his congregation not to imitate Eve (PG 31, 168 B).
45Especially the sinful woman whose story is recorded in Luke 7:36-50. Another reformed harlot, St. Mary of Egypt, is celebrated on the fifth Sunday of Lent.
46Genesis 3:20.

Three Hierarchs

The Three Hierarchs:
St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Gregory the Theologian
Jan. 30