This chapter considers the relationship between the spoken and the written word in the Confessions, a work in which the importance of books and reading is widely acknowledged. Alongside the familiar Platonic unease about the use of books, Augustine inherits also a long prehistory of ambivalence in Jewish and Christian sources. Books are rehabilitated through an elision of the difference between the hermeneutic processes of reading and hearing; by the end of the work, God himself can be visualized as a Christian codex.
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