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Disciplining Christians: Correction and Community in Augustine’s Letters

Jennifer V. Ebbeler


This book reconsiders several of Augustine's most well-known letter exchanges, including his famously controversial correspondence with Jerome and his efforts to engage his Donatist rivals in a letter exchange. It reads these letters with close attention to conventional epistolary norms and practices, in an effort to identify innovative features of Augustine's epistolary practice. In particular, it notes and analyzes Augustine's adaptation of the traditionally friendly letter exchange to the correction of perceived error in the Christian community. In transforming the practice of letter exchan ... More

Keywords: Augustine, Jerome, letter, epistolary practice, letter exchange, error, Christian caritas, corrective correspondence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer V. Ebbeler, author
University of Texas at Austin