Translated by Pamela Bright
This is a lively contribution to the contemporary conversation on Augustine and the Bible. Inspired by the acclaimed French volume Saint Augustin et la Bible, editor Pamela Bright honors the beautifully wrought monument to the scholarly research of Anne-Marie la Bonnardiére and her colleagues in Augustine and the Bible.
This volume is the first English language edition of the highly regarded Bible de Tous les Temps, published by Beauchesne Editeur in Paris. It presents the findings of eminent scholars on the Bible in Augustine’s letters, in his preaching, in polemics, in the City of God, and as a source for Christian ethics. It follows the chronological order of Augustine’s works from the mid-eighties of the fourth century to just before his death in 430. Part I examines what can be known of the stages of Augustine’s encounter with the biblical texts and which texts were formative for him before he assumed his ministry of the Word. Part II is devoted to a very different kind of encounter—Augustine’s grappling with the hermeneutical method originating in the province of Africa. Part III describes Augustine’s first foray into the field of biblical polemics when he opposes the Manichees, the very group who first introduced him to a study of the “obscurities” of the biblical text. And in Part IV, the reader encounters the most familiar voice of Augustine—that of the tireless preacher of the Word.
Contributors to this volume form a thorough representation of the scholarship on Augustine, and include Anne-Marie la Bonnardiére, Mark Vessey, Michael Cameron, Pamela Bright, Robert Kugler, Charles Kannengiesser, Roland J. Teske, S.J., Gerald Bonner, Joseph Wolinski, Michel Albaric, O.P., Constance E. McLeese, and Albert Verwilghen.
Augustine and the Bible is a substantial contribution to the current retrieval of ancient Christian traditions and therefore an indispensable text for every biblical scholar, historian, and theologian.
“The Notre Dame Press has rendered a real service in making available this fine state-of-the-art collection of essays, which is at the same time accessible to the non-specialist and the beginning student.” — Journal of Early Christian Studies