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Augustine's Text of John Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts by Hugh (Research Fellow in Theology, University of Birmingham) Houghton

Augustine's Text of John Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts


Part of the Oxford Early Christian Studies Series


Augustine's Text of John Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts by Hugh (Research Fellow in Theology, University of Birmingham) Houghton

What sort of Bible did Augustine have? How did he quote from it - and was he accurate? Do Augustine's biblical citations transmit readings not found in any surviving manuscripts? This book is part of a major project on the Old Latin versions of the Gospel according to John, and uses Augustine as a test-case to examine the importance of the evidence provided by the Church Fathers for the text of the Gospels. The early history of the Latin Bible is reconstructed from Augustine's comments in his treatise De doctrina christiana (On Christian teaching). Details are assembled from sermons, letters, and other writings to show how Augustine and his contemporaries used the Bible in the liturgy of the Church, public debates, and in composing their own works. Augustine's own methods of citing the Bible are analysed, and features are identified which are characteristic of citations produced from memory rather than read from a gospel codex. The second part of the book is a chronological survey of the biblical text in Augustine's works, showing how he switched from using the older versions of the Gospel to the revised text of Jerome, which later became known as the Vulgate. Finally, a verse by verse commentary is provided on all the significant readings in Augustine's text of John, assessing their significance for the history of the Latin Bible, and in some cases the Greek tradition as well. Details are also given of Augustine's exegesis of particular verses of the Gospel, making this an indispensable handbook for biblical scholars and church historians alike.


This impressive study and research tool should find a place on the bookshelf of every Augustine scholar and of every historian of exegesis. * A. Dupont, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses * Houghton's study is a substantial achievement and will prove to be a standard reference in a number of fields... Houghton deftly blends his own research agenda with a keen attention to numerous adjoining questions, making this study a necessary tool not only for those concerned with reception history of the Old Latin text type but for anyone concerned with cognate fields. * Evan F. Kuehn, Wheaton College. * a firm and longstanding contribution to Augustinian scholarship and to the history of the Latin Bible. * Pierre-Maurice Bogaert, Journal of Ecclesiastical History * Houghton's very learned study is skillfully executed, highly enlightening, and extremely valuable for anyone working with the biblical text of Augustine. * Roland J. Teske, Journal of Early Christian Studies. * An invaluable and groundbreaking work...This is a superb piece of scholarship which has significantly enriched and advanced multiple fields of study. * Paul Foster. The Journal of Theological Studies *

About the Author

Hugh Houghton is currently working as a research fellow in Theology at the University of Birmingham on the Vetus Latina Iohannes project, producing a new edition of the surviving evidence for the Old Latin versions of the Gospel according to John. He is a member of the International Greek New Testament Project committee and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Publication date

1st September 2008


Hugh (Research Fellow in Theology, University of Birmingham) Houghton

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Oxford University Press


420 pages


Christian theology
Biblical studies & exegesis



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