The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine Three Volume Set

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  • Copyright: 2013-10-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (OGHRA) is a ground-breaking international and interdisciplinary enterprise on the impact of the thought and work of Augustine of Hippo (AD 354 - 430). Arguably the most influential early Christian thinker in the Western part of the Roman Empire, Augustine's impact has reached further than the religious domain and he has become a veritable icon of western culture.

The OGHRA maps this influence not just in theology, his traditional area of prominence, but far beyond, taking into account fields such as political theory, ethics, music, education, semiotics, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, and popular culture. A detailed introduction offers chapter-length discussions and syntheses of the general characteristics of Augustine's reception in various periods, as well as of specific themes as wide-ranging as Islam and gender. The OGHRA then surveys the material transmission and intellectual reception of almost all of Augustine's extant works, documented in the light of recent research. The largest part of the volumes comprises around 600 entries which describe, analyse, and evaluate Augustine's influence on a broad variety of key figures and themes through the ages, including material that has never been taken into scholarly consideration before.

Edited by Karla Pollmann (Editor-in-Chief), in collaboration with Willemien Otten (Editor) and twenty co-editors, the OGHRA contains high quality scholarship from over 400 international experts. Offering precise information, with references to both primary and secondary sources, this solid reference work is unique in the breadth of material covered. It aims to survey the legacy of Augustine and make it available both to specialists and readers from other fields who may be unfamiliar with the scope of his impact.

Author Biography

Karla Pollmann is Professor of Classics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of Arhus, Denmark, and Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has published monographs on late antique poetry, Augustine's hermeneutics, and most recently a commentary, with introduction and text, on Statius, Thebaid 12 (Ferdinand Schoningh, 2004).

Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgements
Table of Contents
The Works of Augustine (Abbreviations, Dates)
List of General Abbreviations
General Introduction
1. The Proteanism of Authority, Karla Pollmann
2. The Making of Authority
Patterns of Augustine's Reception, 430-700: a Synthesis, David Lambert
The Reception of Augustine in the Early Middle Ages (700-1200): Presence, Absence, Reverence, and Other Modes of Appropriation, Willemien Otten
Augustine and his Late Medieval Appropriations (1200-1500), Eric Saak
3. Philology and Doctrinal Debate
The Medieval Manuscript Tradition of Augustine's works: An Overview from 400-1200, Jeremy Thompson
The Augustinian Renaissance: Textual Scholarship and Religious Identity in the Later Middle Ages (1200-1500), Eric Saak
Augustine in Renaissance Humanism, Arnoud Visser
The 'Confessionalization' of Augustine in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, Irena Backus
4. Augustine Beyond Theology and Back
Augustine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Jean-Louis Quantin & Scott Mandelbrote
Augustines in the Long Nineteenth Century's Theology, Mark Elliott
The First Modern Person? Twentieth-Century Theological Reception of Augustine, Maarten Wisse
5. Other Augustine
'Late have I loved you': Augustine and Modern Literature, Peter Liebregts
Augustine in Black and African Theology, David Wilhite
Challenging Augustine in Feminist Theology and Gender Studies, Kari Borresen
Augustine and Islam, Daniel Konig
The Works of Augustine
Individuals and Themes
List of Contributors

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