By Hugh Houghton
What kind of Bible did Augustine have? How did he quote from it -- and was once he exact? Do Augustine's biblical citations transmit readings no longer present in any surviving manuscripts? This ebook is a part of an incredible undertaking at the outdated Latin types of the Gospel based on John, and makes use of Augustine as a test-case to envision the significance of the proof supplied via the Church Fathers for the textual content of the Gospels. The early background of the Latin Bible is reconstructed from Augustine's reviews in his treatise De doctrina christiana (On Christian teaching). info are assembled from sermons, letters, and different writings to teach how Augustine and his contemporaries used the Bible within the liturgy of the Church, public debates, and in composing their very own works. Augustine's personal tools of mentioning the Bible are analysed, and contours are pointed out that are attribute of citations made from reminiscence instead of learn from a gospel codex. the second one a part of the ebook is a chronological survey of the biblical textual content in Augustine's works, exhibiting how he switched from utilizing the older models of the Gospel to the revised textual content of Jerome, which later turned often called the Vulgate. ultimately, a verse-by-verse statement is equipped on all of the major readings in Augustine's textual content of John, assessing their importance for the background of the Latin Bible, and every now and then the Greek culture in addition. info also are given of Augustine's exegesis of specific verses of the Gospel, making this an essential instruction manual for biblical students and church historians alike.
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At the end of his public discussions with Felix (Contra Felicem) and Maximinus (Collatio cum Maximino), both parties signed the minutes as an accurate record. 15 At Collatio cum Maximino 10, when Augustine queries the exact words of his opponent, the stenographer notes that 12 On these concerns in and immediately after the lifetime of Augustine, see Vessey 1996 and 1998. 13 Text and French translation in Lancel 1972–5. g. Deferrari 1922:106–7). For the diVerence between exceptores and notarii compare Conf.
Ego enim, fratres, ab adolescentia litteras istas non didici et alia, quod peius est, superXua possum memoriter recitari. ista uero quibus non a pueritia studui, nisi codices inspiciam, pronuntiare non possum. aut forte magis utile est quod non ex ore meo, sed ex diuino libro, auditis quod salubriter noueritis. 19 [Dolbeau 23]) See, I read to you in case anything should, by chance, escape my memory. You see, brothers, I have not studied these writings from my youth, and, what is worse, I can recite other irrelevant texts from memory.
6) What if someone were to say: ‘Christ did not say this’? How do you show him, from where will you prove it? You will open the codex, Wnd the reading, show it to the man, yes, with great conWdence of heart you will force the book on the objector. ‘Hold on, wait, read, you are carrying the Gospel. Why then are you getting worked up over a little matter, I ask you? ’ ‘See, I am carrying the Gospel. ’ ‘Exactly, The Use of the Bible and the Production of Books 35 this very reason,’ he says. ‘I am greatly surprised, then, at how you say Christ lies and the Gospel does not lie.