The Confessions: Saint Augustine of Hippo

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The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little ...
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Overview


The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of transpositions.

This acclaimed new translation by Sister Maria Boulding, O.S.B., masterfully captures his experience, and is written in an elegant and flowing style. Her beautiful contemporary translation of the ancient Confessions makes the classic work more accessible to modern readers. Her translation combines the linguistic accuracy demanded by 4th-century Latin with the poetic power aimed at by Augustine, not as discernable in previous translations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586176839
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 522
  • Sales rank: 151,554
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review, is a professor of patristic theology at St. Louis University where he teaches courses on Trinitarian theology, Christology and soteriology in the early Church, with a special interest in the life and thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. He is also the co-editor of the Cambridge University Companion to Augustine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction David Vincent Meconi vii

Textual Note xxi

Saint Augustine Chronology xxiii

The Text of The Confessions 1

Contemporary Criticism: The Confessions: Augustine's First Treatise on Grace Joseph T. Lienhard 463

Creation in the Confessions Jared Ortiz 475

Confession, Prayer, Transformation Allan Fitzgerald 491

Augustine's Confessions and the Source of Christian Character Christopher J. Thompson 505

Contributors 521

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