Eric Plumer

in Augustine's Commentary on Galatians

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199244393
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601194 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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Consistent with his dual role as parish priest and spiritual director of a monastic community, Augustine chose to write a commentary on Galatians that is essentially pastoral, intended not only to merely inform his audience but also to form them spiritually in the faith. In it, Augustine teaches that Christian correction plays an indispensable role in spiritual formation and should always be given and received in humility and love. The Letter to the Galatians provides Augustine with a model of Christian correction, not only because Paul corrected the Galatians and told how he once corrected Peter but also because he taught the Galatians how they ought to correct one another. The list of Christian authors that Augustine used as sources for his Commentary coincides closely with the list given in a famous passage of De Doctrina Christiana. This and numerous other links between these two works demonstrate that the Commentary is a practical example of the theory of interpretation set forth in De Doctrina Christiana and indeed paved the way for that theory.

Keywords: correction; De Doctrina Christiana; humility; love; Paul; Peter

Chapter.  2066 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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