The present study discusses the symbiotic relationship between Augustine's hermeneutical insights and Christology. It focuses on the first three books of De doctrina Christiana in their given sequence. Since Augustine's hermeneutics implies a Christological epistemology, the author approaches De doctrina Christiana through Augustine's early epistemological treatises Contra Academicos and De Magistro. The former defends the possibility of certain kwledge, and the latter explains how this kwledge is gained through the illuminative activity of the Inner Teacher. The work also integrates linguistic signification in ancient philosophy which prepares the ground for understanding Augustine's 'science of signs' and the fundamental Christological analogy in doc. Chr. 1.13. This study exemplifies that Augustine's whole semiotic system is constructed around the fundamental Sign, the humanity of Christ, which in its hypostatic union with the divine nature enables one to kw God through Christ the human being.
The Author: Tarmo Toom is a native of Estonia. After a career as a musician in an early music group ( Hortus Musicus ) he studied theology in Baptist seminaries in Rueschlikon, Switzerland and in Richmond, Virginia. He obtained his doctorate in Historical Theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Falls Church, Virginia.
Verlag Peter Lang
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Encyclopedias & General Reference
International Theological studies/Contributions of Baptist Scholars