I have just read St. John Chrysostom's "Homilies on Genesis" (in a Russian translation). It took me quite a while to get used to St. John style; at first, I was irritated because it seemed to me that he is too verbose and not really focused, that his thought jumps from subject to subject. But then, eventually, I did get used to his peculiar style. After all, we are talking about someone who lived in the late 4th century A.D. (when they definitely had different idea about what's good analytical writing), and someone who was famous for being a "rhetor," a public speaker-propagandist rather than a scholar-logocian. I think I benefited a lot from reading this book. Many interesting, deep thoughts, especially about the nature of God's so-called "punishments" (which are always, as St. John emphasizes, "therapeutic" rather than vindictive). Also, I was pretty surprised that there is almost no Platonism in this work. Chrysostom does not, for example, speak about "coats of skins" as the indication that the pre-lapsarian human body was "ethereal, light," but became "stout" after the Fall. In his mind, it seems, the consequence of the Fall was not a physical, but a psychological change in the humans, the emergence of certain wild, un-quenchable desires.