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De bono coniugali and De sancta virginitate

St Augustine and P. G. Walsh


The Good of Marriage and On Holy Virginity are separate treatises but closely interconnected as comparing these modes of Christian commitment. They were composed in the same year, a.d. 401. Augustine had personal experience of both states, having had two concubines (he fathered a son by the first) and having lived a celibate life following his conversion in a.d. 386. His treatment of marriage and consecrated virginity is rooted in the New Testament, above all in Paul's I Cor. 7, and is indebted to earlier Christian discussions, especially those of Ambrose. The two works are direct ... More

Keywords: Ambrose on marriage and virginity, Jerome on marriage and virginity, Jovinian on marriage and virginity, Manichaeism, marriage, Paul on marriage and virginity, virginity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0198269951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

St Augustine, author

P. G. Walsh, editor
University of Glasgow