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The City of God, Books VIII-XVI (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

The City of God, Books VIII-XVI (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813215587
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
  • Release Date: Aug 26, 2008
  • Pages: 578 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.29 x 8.50 x 5.51 inches


This volume continues the translation of St. Augustine's monumental work The City of God,a product of his vast erudition. Three books in particular, viz. 8, 9, and 10, reveal Augustine's grasp of the tenets of the Platonists, Peripatetics and Cynics. The greater part of this continuation, however, is concerned with Augustine's treatment of theological and scriptural topics. There is no strictly logical sequence, however, and numerous digressions intervene. In the course of books 11 and 16, he finds occasion to discuss, among many other topics, the creation of angels and their nature, demons and evils, the age of the earth and of the human race, death and dying, and the purpose of marriage. From the discussion of such topics, he passes easily to comments on the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible, the accuracy of the Septuagint and Latin translations, the discrepancies among various texts. As a product of his times, Augustine shares the opinion that Hebrew may be the oldest, and perhaps most common, language before the Tower of Babel incident recorded in Scripture. Most of Augustine's treatment of scriptural passages is concerned with allegorical interpretation. In book 14, however, the former professor of rhetoric at milan comes through again in his discussion of the semantics of the words caritas, amor, dilago, and amo.

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