Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 2

By John W. Rettig; Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo | Go to book overview

TRACTATE 13

On John 3.22-29

THE ORDER OF THE READINGS from the Gospel According to John, as you who show concern for your progress can recall,1 so continues that this [passage] which has just been read is set before us for our discussion today. The discussions [of this gospel], which have been presented earlier, from its very beginning right up to today's reading, have, you recall, already been rendered. And if perhaps you have forgotten many things from them, surely at least the fulfillment of our obligation remains in your memory.

(2) Those things which you heard from here about the baptism of John, even if you do not retain all of them, still I believe that you heard what you may retain. The things which were said also about why the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a dove, and how that very knotty problem was resolved, namely that there was something which John did not know that he came to know in the Lord by means of the dove, although he already knew him when he said to him, as he was coming to be baptized, "I ought to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" [And he already knew him] when the Lord answered him, "Let it be so now, that all justice may be fulfilled."2

2. Now then the order of the reading compels us to return to the same John. He it is who was prophesied by Isaia, "The

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1
The ten Tractates on the First Epistle of John were given between Tractates 12 and 13. See Augustine, prologue of In Epistolam Ioannis ad Parthos Tractatus X, ed. P. Agaësse, SC 75.9-10 and 105; Le Bonnardière, 51 and 55; Le Landais, 34.
2
Cf. Mt 3.14-15 and Tractates 4 and 5.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Bibliography ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Tractate 11 9
  • Tractate 12 28
  • Tractate 13 44
  • Tractate 14 63
  • Tractate 15 78
  • Tractate 16 100
  • Tractate 17 108
  • Tractate 18 124
  • Tractate 19 139
  • Tractate 20 163
  • Tractate 21 178
  • Tractate 22 197
  • Tractate 23 212
  • Tractate 24 231
  • Tractate 25 239
  • Tractate 26 259
  • Tractate 27 277
  • Indices 289
  • Index of Holy Scripture 301
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