Chrysostom on preaching

For we ought to unlock the passage by first giving a clear interpretation of the words. What then does the saying mean? . . . we must not attend to the words merely, but turn our attention to the sense, and learn the aim of the speaker, and the cause and the occasion, and by putting all these things together turn out the hidden meaning.

from Against Marcionists and Manichaens, Sec. 1.

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