Augustine of Hippo’s Doctrine of Scripture: Christian Exegesis in Late Antiquity

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Robert Ziegler


Apprehensive of the apparent presence of contradictions within the Christian Scriptures, Augustine of Hippo developed a unique approach to early Christian interpretive challenges by arguing that apparent difficulties could be demonstrated to be actually supportive of “orthodox” Christian teachings. Augustine’s dynamic approaches to canonical texts provide readers with a clear insight into how early Christian leaders creatively appropriated Christian texts to promote unity among the expanding and often fractious Christian communities of the Late Roman Empire.


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