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Saint Augustine and R. P. H. Green

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198263341.001.0001

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Liber Quartus

Liber Quartus

(p.196) Liber Quartus
De Doctrina Christiana
R. P. H. Green
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Here, Augustine takes up his promise to deal with the question of how to present one's Biblical knowledge. This involves rhetoric to which Augustine, in a ground‐breaking departure, gives a firm though qualified welcome. In this book, there is extensive discussion, to a great extent conducted in terms of Ciceronian rhetorical theory, of the aims and styles appropriate to the Christian orator. But the book is also remarkable for its defence of the often inscrutable wisdom of scripture, and detailed analyses of its style according to classical criteria.

Keywords:   Cicero, curriculum, education, love, rhetoric, scripture, signs, Tyconius, discovery, ethics, love, presentation, signs, teaching, canon, curriculum, disciplines, knowledge, languages, signs, figures of speech, hermeneutic, manuscripts, metaphor, punctuation, signs, Tyconius, Cicero, presentation, rhetoric, style, theory, wisdom

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