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Title: Language and Scripture as Structuring Principles of Augustine's sermones 186 and 187
Author(s): VAN NEER, Joost
Journal: Augustiniana
Volume: 63    Issue: 1-4   Date: 2013   
Pages: 189-229
DOI: 10.2143/AUG.63.1.3013252

Abstract :
The dispositio or arrangement which Augustine himself uses as a frame of reference in De doctrina christiana is not always immediately obvious in his sermons. Several authors of older publications have detected little or no structure in the sermons. More recent publications show that others suspect that there is some kind of structure. Nonetheless uncertainty about the organisation of the sermons is still widespread. This article presents an examination of the structure of sermons 186 and 187. It argues that the internal division of these sermons can be determined on the basis of linguistic signals. Moreover, the use of scriptural quotations or references also points to the existence of separate sections. The results of this study show that Augustine also implemented the division into four parts which he presented in De doctrina christiana in his sermons.

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