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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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The Astounding Exchange

The Astounding Exchange

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(p.283) Epilogue The Astounding Exchange
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Christ Meets Me Everywhere
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Michael Cameron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751297.003.0009

After writing Against Faustus, Augustine's view of Scripture's figurative unity moves in several directions. Christ's model of loving humility affects his strategies for reading. For Augustine Christ has retraced Scripture's Hebrew lettering with the ink of his grace and the stylus of his cross. Christians now read “the Old Testament,” a text at once both the same as and different from the Scriptures of ancient Israel. They read it as a “transfigured” text from the vantage point of the Spirit. Members of Christ's body therefore not only read about Christ in Scripture, they read Scripture as Christ. Augustine adopts this Christological model for reading in Confessions as he becomes the biblical characters that come forth to tell his story. Furthermore he invites his audience to read Scripture through his eyes in the soul-sympathy of Christian caritas. So they look together in the figurative mirror of Scripture and “Christ meets them everywhere”.

Keywords:   history, humility, exchange, transfiguration, transposition, allegory, typology, person, reading as Christ

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