Symbolic language in the works of Saint John Chrysostom

Through this study we aim to highlight the importance of metaphor in theological discourse and how St. John Chrysostom knew how to turn this rhetorical strategy into an art of expressing the word in the Church. His theological work always starts from the revealed text of the Holy Scriptures, so that, anchored in the teaching of the Church expressed through prayer, he leads the reader towards the moral dimension of the homiletic message. The multitude of metaphors in the homiletic speeches of St. John Chrysostom reveal to us a special way of talking about God. These theological ideas are borrowed from the daily life activities of that period and reflects a special experience of the Christians of the first centuries, for which the theological symbols works as keys to understanding how God works in the history of our salvation.