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Christ Meets Me EverywhereAugustine’s Early Figurative Exegesis$
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Michael Cameron

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751297.001.0001

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Christ the Glue of Scriptural Unity

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Christ Meets Me Everywhere
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Michael Cameron

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751297.003.0004

Augustine's views on Scripture paralleled his views on Christ, who is the hub of salvation's “temporal arrangement.” Though he never devoted a separate work to Christology, Augustine's thought on Christ permeated everything he wrote. The figure of Christ haunted his youth and his Manichean years, even though his conceptions about the authenticity of the Lord's humanity remained in flux. For Manichees Christ's birth from a human mother was unthinkable since it would have defiled his divinity; thus they believed his human appearance was a cloak. Augustine became an ex-Manichee the moment he confessed Christ's true human birth. But that allowed him to link Christ to real history and the whole human experience. However, at this time Augustine still viewed Christ's death as an aspect of his work as a divine teacher. Like the images of Scripture, Christ's humanity offered a stairstep into the spiritual realm.

Keywords:   incarnation, flesh, Mani, Jesus the Splendor, light, human birth, two natures, likeness, example

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