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For the love of God: An analysis of the hermeneutical principles, and practices, and their development, in Augustine's On Christian Teaching, The Spirit and the Letter, The Literal Meaning of Genesis and The Enchiridion

Ford, Matthew J. (2010) For the love of God: An analysis of the hermeneutical principles, and practices, and their development, in Augustine's On Christian Teaching, The Spirit and the Letter, The Literal Meaning of Genesis and The Enchiridion. MTh(R) thesis, Free Church College.

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Abstract

In the history of western thought, few people are more influential than Augustine. His thought continues to impact theology, philosophy and politics, amongst other subjects, some sixteen hundred years after his death. It has been said that all western theology is a footnote to Augustine, and this is difficult to argue with. He is a man of great intellect and influence, who spoke of Scripture as the “supreme authority” (The Literal Meaning of Genesis, 4.14.25). That is why it is of interest to study how this great thinker interpreted Scripture. Augustine was not a biblical specialist like his contemporaries, Jerome or Origen. But the theological concern in his exegesis has made him a popular resource for recent biblical theologians. When asking any question of hermeneutics, the appeal of Augustine is that he reads Scripture primarily as a theologian, raising important theological questions.

Item Type: Thesis (MTh(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: augustine, hermeneutics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Supervisor's Name: Macleod, Prof. Donald
Date of Award: 2010
Depositing User: Mr Matthew J Ford
Unique ID: glathesis:2010-1653
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:44
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1653

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