Academic journal article Theological Studies

Augustinus: Studien Zu Werk Und Wirkgeschichte

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Augustinus: Studien Zu Werk Und Wirkgeschichte

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Augustinus: Studien zu Werk und Wirkgeschichte. By Hermann Josef Sieben. Frankfurter Theologische Studien 69. Munster: Aschendorff, 2013. Pp. viii + 496. 66 [euro].

The volume gathers 13 studies on the work and reception of Augustine, of which twelve were previously published as articles or book chapters between 1971 and 2012. "Augustinus als 'Orakel': Briefliche Anfragen an den Bischof von Hippo" (43-92) appears here for the first time. After a careful analysis of the correspondence between Augustine and his questioners, Sieben identifies the literary form of epistulae responsivae, which was already implicitly present in the questions and responses of letters from classical antiquity. His presentation of Augustine as "a living oracle" is careful and compelling. The twelve previously published studies have not been revised (except for the uniform adoption of the new Rechtschreibung), nor have their footnotes been updated. Contemporary scholarship has surpassed some of the older studies, making them less useful.

Two articles treat traditional Augustinian literary themes regarding the Confessions and De doctrina Christiana. Four others deal with theological themes in Augustine's works, namely, the relationship between faith and reason in Augustine and Origen, the resurrection of the body, the terms quies and requies that frequently appear in Augustine's corpus, and Arianism. …

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