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

The Confessions of Augustine have lengthy either demanded and eluded the sustained and severe consciousness to element scholarly observation provides. 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 root for a close line-by-line statement (Volumes II and III) designed to explain the numerous layers of that means within the paintings. large citation and ample 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 examining the Confessions. putting the emphasis totally on exegesis, O'Donnell opens up new strains of interpretation, and provides a wealth of clean element to a couple extra generic issues. where of the Confessions in Augustine's personal existence and within the background of Christian literature is usually mentioned and illuminated.

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There is clear evidence that A. could see triads that reflect the trinity matched with triads of temptation and sin: civ. 12. , see du Roy, 343-63 (343: 'Chacune de ces con cupiscences etant l'inversion de notre dependance a l'egard de chacune des trois personnes divines, le redressement consistera a retrouver notre authentique relation a chacune et a toute la Trinite'). A. could elsewhere apply the triadic pattern oftemptations to assist in the interpretation of another narrative: s. 112. 6. 6-8.

75 That suspicion is more or less the gravamen of the charge against the mature Augustine by du Roy (see du Roy, 455): a less sympathetic student than du Roy would claim that A. had sacrificed his intellectual freedom to become an orthodox defender of static verbal formulae. The clash here is perhaps that between the private Augustine and the public man who was fated to become 'Saint Augustine' and to become himself not merely a questioner but a voice of authority. See further on 7. 1. 1. 76 I disagree with the thesis, but admire the insight, of U.

38, c. ep. pel. 1. 2. 4, haer. 82, c. Iul. imp. 1. 97-8; see R. A. 's face repeatedly by Julian, A. aligned himself firmly with Ambrose, trying for a middle ground between extremes. 's works against Julian, including most of the surviv ing fragments of the de sacramento regenerations sive de philosophia. (The tactic was brushed off by Julian: c. Iul. imp. 4. 1 10-13, esp. 4. ') A. is rarely given credit for his moderation. On the background and issues involved see best A. Rousselle, Porneia (Paris, 1983; trans.

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