By Saint Augustine;James J. O’Donnell (ann.)

ISBN-10: 0198143788

ISBN-13: 9780198143789

The Confessions of Augustine have lengthy either demanded and eluded the sustained and severe realization to element scholarly remark supplies. This new paintings in 3 volumes is a tremendous new reference in Augustine scholarship. A revised Latin textual content of the Confessions in quantity I types the foundation for a close line-by-line observation (Volumes II and III) designed to explain the various layers of that means within the paintings. large citation and plentiful quotation of Augustine's personal writings, of the scriptural texts that have been by no means faraway from his brain, and of the works of his highbrow forebears (chief between them Cicero, Plotinus, and Ambrose) are supposed to supply one crucial context for studying the Confessions. putting the emphasis totally on exegesis, O'Donnell opens up new strains of interpretation, and provides a wealth of clean aspect to a couple extra regularly occurring issues. where of the Confessions in Augustine's personal lifestyles and within the historical past of Christian literature is additionally mentioned and illuminated.

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42 Cf. esp. 11. 29. 39-30. 40 (note 11. 27. 34, for the thematic echo of Ps. 99: 3, 'ipse fecit nos') and t3- 13- «443 The ascent is from corporal to spiritual to intellectual vision. See on 7. 9. 16 for details. 44 There is a marked drop-off in the frequency and intensity of Plotinian (or Porphyrian) language in Augustine's works from the time ofwriting the Confessions. It would be odd for him to have thought highly enough ofthe system to use it to shape so personal a testament offaith, then let it largely drop away almost at once.

Augustine's views appear so neo-Platonic as to be Christian in name only. Was Christianity for Augustine only a convenient dress in which to present HEARING CONFESSIONS xxvii ideas that were in origin non-Christian? To make that case (as Alfaric did) was to subvert the self-consciousness of the Latin Catholic tradition: if Augustine is not a Christian, then who is? If Augustine's version ofChristianity is tainted, then whose is not? It is no wonder that the attempt raised heated defence. Boyer's orthodox book in response was sober, well-considered, and soundly argued, but it was not at its strongest when it came to awkward historical facts.

2 books, but only part of what he had to say on that subject), J. dom. m. (2 books), and doctr. chr. (broken off in the middle ofthe third book). By length, mus. ran to about 40,000 words, lib. , s. dom. , and the torso of doctr. chr. each to about 30,000 words, and a few others approached 20,000 words. By contrast, the Confessions run to 13 books and are about twice as long (c. 80,000 words) as anything he had previously written. All his other large works were written later (longer than the Confessions: civ.

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