Chapter

Eight Legislative Texts and a Letter

George Lawless

in Augustine of Hippo and his Monastic Rule

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267416
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267416.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Eight Legislative Texts and a Letter

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This chapter observes how unraveling the entanglements of the textual labyrinth become more difficult because identification of Augustine as author of a monastic rule occurs for the first time in the Rule of Eugippius about one hundred years after Augustine's death. There are nine pieces (eight legislative documents and one letter) which comprise the portfolio for the Augustinian Rule. Of these nine pieces, four are addressed to men, while the remaining five pieces are addressed to women. The texts at hand become all the more difficult because Augustine seldom divorced feeling from thought. Virtually all Augustine's writings were, in fact, dictated. For an author to set his thoughts directly in writing was considered a somewhat pedestrian occupation.

Keywords: textual labyrinth; Augustine; Rule; monastic rule; legislative documents; letter

Chapter.  2125 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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