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Liber Quartus

Edited by R. P. H. Green

in De Doctrina Christiana

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780198263340
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601125 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263341.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Texts

Liber Quartus

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Here, Augustine takes up his promise to deal with the question of how to present one's Biblical knowledge. This involves rhetoric to which Augustine, in a ground‐breaking departure, gives a firm though qualified welcome. In this book, there is extensive discussion, to a great extent conducted in terms of Ciceronian rhetorical theory, of the aims and styles appropriate to the Christian orator. But the book is also remarkable for its defence of the often inscrutable wisdom of scripture, and detailed analyses of its style according to classical criteria.

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

Chapter.  34092 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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