On Christian Teaching // Augustine (trans. by R.P.H. Green).


In this short work (though Augustine admits it was longer than he hoped), Augustine sketches his theological hermeneutics–how to interpret scriptures. The centrality of the twofold love command (‘love God, love neighbor’) has full rein over Augustine’s hermeneutical lens. With whimsical tact, Augustine tackles troublesome and ambiguous passages, relishing and defending allegorical interpretations. His explanation of ‘signs’ (sigma) and ‘things’ (res) is worth pouring over.

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