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A Reader's Companion To Augustine's Confessions / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is a tool for teaching and studying the great Christian classic, Augustine's Confessions. It is a unique venture in which thirteen different scholars look at each of the thirteen books in the Confessions and interpret their chapters in light of that book and in light of the rest of Augustine's work. The result is that the richness and ambiguity of Augustine's work shines through as well as the richness and ambiguity of different readings of the Confessions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664226190
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 835,031
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Kim Paffenroth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He is the author of The Story of Jesus according to L and the coeditor of Augustine and Liberal Education.

Robert P. Kennedy is Associate Professor in Catholic Studies and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Book One: The Presumptuousness of Autobiography and the Paradoxes of Beginning 7
2 Book Two: Augustine's Book of Shadows 25
3 Book Three: "No Changing Nor Shadow" 35
4 Book Four: The Trappings of Woe and Confession of Grief 53
5 Book Five: The Disclosure of Hidden Providence 71
6 Book Six: Major Characters and Memorable Incidents 89
7 Book Seven: Inner Vision as the Goal of Augustine's Life 107
8 Book Eight: Science and the Fictional Conversion Scene 127
9 Book Nine: The Emotional Heart of the Confessions 137
10 Book Ten: The Self Seeking the God Who Creates and Heals 155
11 Book Eleven: The Confessions as Eschatological Narrative 167
12 Book Twelve: Exegesis and Confessio 185
13 Book Thirteen: The Creation of the Church as the Paradigm for the Confessions 207
Notes 225
For Further Reading 261
Contributors 263
Scripture Index 267
Subject Index 269
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