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Confessions
By Augustine and Henry Chadwick (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date February 15, 2009
Pages 311
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780199537822
ISBN-10 0199537828
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $7.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood.

Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of Augustine's conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint's fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine's beloved mother, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine's concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references and allusions that are easily understood only with background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make The Confessions accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish the context.

The religious and philosophical value of The Confessions is unquestionable--now modern readers will have easier access to St. Augustine's deeply personal meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and helpful introduction clear the way for a new experience of this classic.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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from Echo Library (August 1, 2011)
9781448017003 | details & prices | 188 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $9.99
This edition also contains Confessions, Confessions, The Confessions
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Reprint edition from Hendrickson Pub (February 1, 2011)
9781598566390 | details & prices | 334 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.26 lbs | List price $14.95
This edition also contains Confessions, Confessions, The Confessions
About: Saint Augustine wasn't always a saint.
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from Oxford Univ Pr (February 15, 2009)
9780199537822 | details & prices | 311 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $7.95
About: In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature.
from New City Pr (November 1, 1996); titled "The Confessions"
9789996518362 | details & prices | List price $19.95
This edition also contains Confessions, Confessions, The Confessions
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