18. Augustine as a Reader of His Christian Contemporaries

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Michael Stuart Williams

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch18

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Williams, M. S. (2012) Augustine as a Reader of His Christian Contemporaries, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch18

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine, as a reader of his Christian contemporaries;
  • authority of the Scripture, works on the Trinity;
  • Augustine's encounter with Jerome, and the ill will;
  • Augustine and Jerome, undermining argument from authority;
  • the Retractationes, masterpiece of critical reading;
  • Augustine's episcopal career, lesser rhetorical flights;
  • Augustine's, claim of not being much of a reader;
  • Augustine's plea, for his works, to be critically read


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Authors and Authorities

  • Critical Readings

  • Textual Communities

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading