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The Confessions

Saint Augustine of Hippo

ISBN13: 9781586176839

ISBN10: 1586176838

Publisher: Ignatius Press (17 Aug 2012)

Extent: 554 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20 cm

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  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim Gods goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of transpositions.


    This acclaimed new translation by Sister Maria Boulding, O.S.B., masterfully captures his experience, and is written in an elegant and flowing style. Her beautiful contemporary translation of the ancient Confessions makes the classic work more accessible to modern readers. Her translation combines the linguistic accuracy demanded by 4th-century Latin with the poetic power aimed at by Augustine, not as discernable in previous translations.


    Table of Contents:



    David Vincent Meconi vii
    Textual Note xxi
    Saint Augustine Chronology xxiii
    The Text of The Confessions 1
    Contemporary Criticism: The Confessions: Augustines First Treatise on Grace

    Joseph T. Lienhard 463
    Creation in the Confessions Jared Ortiz 475
    Confession, Prayer, Transformation

    Allan Fitzgerald 491
    Augustines Confessions and the Source of Christian Character

    Christopher J. Thompson 505
    Contributors 521

  • David Meconi

    Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., is editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review. He is a professor of patristic theology at St. Louis University where he teaches courses on Trinitarian theology, Christology and soteriology in the early Church, with a special interest in the life and thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. He is also the co-editor of the Cambridge University Companion to Augustine.

    Sr. Maria Boulding

    Translator Sr. Maria Boulding, O.S.B. (1929 - 2009), born in Liverpool, was linguistically gifted and theologically astute. Turning down a full scholarship to Oxford, she joined the cloistered Benedictine Nuns at Stanbrook Abbey in September of 1947 where she unceasingly labored for 62 years. She spent much of her later life translating the writings of St. Augustine.

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