Augustines Text of John: Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts

Hardcover | October 25, 2008

byHugh Houghton

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What sort of Bible did Augustine have? How did he quote from it - and was he accurate? Do Augustine's biblical citations transmit readings not found in any surviving manuscripts? This book is part of a major project on the Old Latin versions of the Gospel according to John, and uses Augustineas a test-case to examine the importance of the evidence provided by the Church Fathers for the text of the Gospels. The early history of the Latin Bible is reconstructed from Augustine's comments in his treatise De doctrina christiana (On Christian teaching). Details are assembled from sermons,letters, and other writings to show how Augustine and his contemporaries used the Bible in the liturgy of the Church, public debates, and in composing their own works. Augustine's own methods of citing the Bible are analysed, and features are identified which are characteristic of citations producedfrom memory rather than read from a gospel codex. The second part of the book is a chronological survey of the biblical text in Augustine's works, showing how he switched from using the older versions of the Gospel to the revised text of Jerome, which later became known as the Vulgate. Finally, averse by verse commentary is provided on all the significant readings in Augustine's text of John, assessing their significance for the history of the Latin Bible, and in some cases the Greek tradition as well. Details are also given of Augustine's exegesis of particular verses of the Gospel, makingthis an indispensable handbook for biblical scholars and church historians alike.

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What sort of Bible did Augustine have? How did he quote from it - and was he accurate? Do Augustine's biblical citations transmit readings not found in any surviving manuscripts? This book is part of a major project on the Old Latin versions of the Gospel according to John, and uses Augustineas a test-case to examine the importance of ...

Hugh Houghton is currently working as a research fellow in Theology at the University of Birmingham on the Vetus Latina Iohannes project, producing a new edition of the surviving evidence for the Old Latin versions of the Gospel according to John. He is a member of the International Greek New Testament Project committee and a Fellow o...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:October 25, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199545928

ISBN - 13:9780199545926

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Table of Contents

I: Augustine and the GospelsIntroduction1. Augustine and the history of the biblical text2. The use of the Bible and the production of books in the time of Augustine3. Augustine's biblical exposition and citation technique4. Augustine as a witness for the text of the New TestamentII: Augustine's Citations of John: Analysis of Selected WorksIntroduction: Sources and Dates5. Tractatus in Iohannis euangelium6. Other sermons7. Early works (before 403)8. Middle period (403-419)9. Later works (after 419)III: The Gospel according to John in Augustine: A Textual CommentaryIntroductionCommentaryReferencesIndex of biblical citationsIndex of ancient authorsSubject index

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`'Houghton demonstrates to the twenty first century reader, accustomed to printed texts, copyright and immediate access to almost any text anywhere in the world, the impact which oral culture had upon Christian exegesis and use of Scripture. The first four chapters constitute a wonderfully lucid, step by step initiation into the discipline, art and practice of textual criticism, which enable the reader (whatever their previous knowledge or experience) to follow the author with enthusiasm and interest into the serious work of textual criticism which takes place in the remaining two-thirds of the book. The chapter on Augustine's exegesis deserves special mention: it is an outstanding treatment of a somewhat neglected area in Augustine studies.' 'Carol Harrison