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Augustine's citations and text of the Gospel according to John

Houghton, H.A.G. (2006)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This study assesses Augustine's worth as a witness to the text of the Bible and evaluates his evidence for the Gospel according to John. The full collection of citations is presented in the Appendix. In the analysis a distinction is proposed between primary citations, which Augustine makes with reference to a scriptural codex, for example when preaching, and secondary citations, for which this cannot be demonstrated. The latter constitute the majority and often correspond to his mental text , a consistent form of a verse showing characteristic alterations attributable to memory. In polemical works, Augustine displays a different form of text which he has normally adopted from his opponents. Such variations in the biblical text suggest that the citations have been transmitted accurately, without interference by copyists. Augustine's text of John demonstrates the continuity in the Latin Bible between Old Latin versions and Jerome's Vulgate. Most of the non- Vulgate renderings in Augustine's citations are paralleled in one or more Old Latin witnesses, which suggests that the Old Latin texts known today are a representative selection. Nonetheless, his primary affiliation is with the Vulgate, which even comes to permeate citations made from memory in later works.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Parker, D. C. (David Charles) (1953-) and Burton, Philip
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Historical Studies
Department:Department of Theology and Religion
Additional Information:

A corrected and enlarged version has been published as: H.A.G. Houghton, Augustine's Text of John. Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts. (Oxford Early Christian Studies) Oxford: OUP, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-954592-6. Also published as an e-book at:

Subjects:BR Christianity
BS The Bible
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:249
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