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Saint Augustine and R. P. H. Green

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198263341.001.0001

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Liber Tertius

Liber Tertius

Chapter:
(p.132) Liber Tertius
Source:
De Doctrina Christiana
Author(s):
R. P. H. Green
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198263341.003.0004

Augustine turns from unknown signs to ambiguous signs. How can the Christian reader resolve uncertainty? This may be due to difficulties of punctuation, difficult words, unclear manuscript readings, or figures of speech. An even greater problem, especially in the Old Testament, is that of distinguishing between literal and metaphorical expressions. The book finishes with an attempt to approach such matters systematically using the hermeneutic rules of the Donatist Tyconius.

Keywords:   Cicero, curriculum, education, love, rhetoric, scripture, signs, Tyconius, discovery, ethics, love, presentation, signs, teaching, canon, curriculum, disciplines, knowledge, languages, signs, figures of speech, hermeneutic, manuscripts, metaphor, punctuation, signs, Tyconius, Cicero, presentation, rhetoric, style, theory, wisdom

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