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Ask, Seek, Knock

Michael Cameron

in Christ Meets Me Everywhere

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199751297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751297.003.0000

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Ask, Seek, Knock

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The Introduction sets the study into context by examining a richly suggestive passage from Augustine's Letter 138. Though Scripture makes its basic teaching on salvation easy to find, he wrote, it also hides many deep mysteries that can engage readers for a lifetime. Its sublime truths clothed in earthly images provide easy access to simple believers while challenging the proud to lower themselves to its “humble discourse”. The Introduction then turns to describe the substance of each chapter and to outline the book's approach. Brief discussions follow that cover scholarship on Augustine and Scripture and major issues of the book, including a critique of the conventional but inadequate contrast between allegory and typology. The aim of the book is to “map” the early development of Augustine's mind on figurative Scripture reading.

Keywords: Volusianus; humble discourse; development; mediator; principle of coherence; figura, typology; allegory; above-below; open-closed

Chapter.  7334 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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