By Paula Fredriksen

EPUB eISBN: 9780300172508
Original e-book (Hardcover w/ Doubleday): 2008
Electronic ebook (Along w/ Updated/Paperback edition): 2010

Now in paperback with a brand new postscript, this up-to-date variation of Paula Fredriksen's severely acclaimed Augustine and the Jews strains the social and highbrow forces that resulted in the improvement of Christian anti-Judaism and exhibits how and why Augustine challenged this tradition.

Drawing us into the lifestyles, instances, and considered Augustine of Hippo (396–430), Fredriksen makes a speciality of the interval of miraculous creativity that ended in his new realizing of Paul and to his nice vintage, The Confessions. She exhibits how Augustine's fight to learn the Bible led him to a brand new theological imaginative and prescient, person who countered the anti-Judaism not just of his Manichaean rivals but additionally of his personal church. The Christian Empire, Augustine held, was once correct to prohibit paganism and to coerce heretics. however the resource of historic Jewish scripture and present Jewish perform, he argued, was once the exact same as that of the hot testomony and of the church—namely, God himself. hence, he recommended, Jews have been to be left on my own. Conceived as a vividly unique option to shield Christian rules approximately Jesus and concerning the previous testomony, Augustine's theological innovation survived the cave in of the Western Roman Empire, and it finally served to guard Jewish lives opposed to the brutality of medieval crusades.

Augustine and the Jews sheds new gentle at the origins of Christian anti-Semitism and, via Augustine, opens a direction towards greater figuring out among of the world's nice religions.

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The attacks on Piso’s Epicureansim in In Pisonem. In both cases the criticism was directed at the limitations of these schools as well as these adherents, but it is still significant in light of Cicero’s unified presentation of philosophy in the majority of the prefaces. 12 de Orat. 156, where Antonius endorses Neoptolemus’ position, and Rep. 30, where Laelius attributes the quotation to Sextus Aelius Paetus’ argument for moderate learning. Zetzel 1995 ad loc. discusses the similarity between the roles of Antonius and Laelius brought out by Cicero’s use of the Ennian line.

4) For I have often heard that Quintus Maximus, Publius Scipio, and, in addition, other famous men of our state were accustomed to saying that when they looked upon the busts of their ancestors, their spirit was enflamed most powerfully with desire for excellence. And certainly it was not the wax or the shape that had in it such great power, but through the memory of the ancestors’ deeds that flame grew in the hearts of these outstanding men; nor was it checked until their excellence equaled the reputation and glory of those earlier men.

143–65. 57 It is surprising that Sallust here unites cultivating the fields and hunting into one category. Although the two activities do have a natural connection, since both are linked to the countryside, the differences between them, especially in the context of a discussion of otium, are more striking than their similarities. 59 It is thus rather striking when Sallust goes on to label both activities as servilia officia, duties appropriate for slaves.  T. 61 The second is that the moralizing disdain of the passage has to do with the association of these country pursuits with the luxury 56 Cf.

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