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Augustine's Text of JohnPatristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts$
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Hugh Houghton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545926.001.0001

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Augustine's Biblical Exposition and Citation Technique

Augustine's Biblical Exposition and Citation Technique

(p.44) 3 Augustine's Biblical Exposition and Citation Technique
Augustine's Text of John

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Augustine's negative first impressions of the Bible were replaced by reverence for the authority of Scripture. He made a clear distinction, however, between divine inspiration and the writers of biblical books. The role of scriptural citations in his argument is described alongside an assessment of his citation technique. ‘Primary citations’, more likely to be made directly from a codex, are contrasted with ‘secondary citations’, the bulk of which were probably made from memory. Certain types of alteration such as ‘flattening’ and ‘conflation’ are shown to be characteristic of Augustine's ‘mental text’.

Keywords:   citation, Scripture, authority, biblical inspiration, codex, technique, flattening, conflation, mental text

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