Category Archives: City of God

Solomon, or Jesus?

In City of God 17.8, Augustine makes an interesting observation: on the face of the biblical narrative, Solomon appears not to be the heir referred to in the LORD’s covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7. Notice that the LORD specifies … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Angels’ Creation

In City of God 11.9, Augustine considers the creation of the angels, or rather, Scripture’s relative lack of attention to it. Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of the angels explicitly, but since Genesis purports to be comprehensive (“created the heavens and the earth,” “rested … Continue reading

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“City of God,” Bks. 1-2: Points of Interest

Book One of De civitate Dei opens with the charge that prompted Augustine to write it, namely, that Christianity was responsible for the sack of Rome. As Augustine notes in the Retractationes, the first five books of City aim to … Continue reading

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Burial and Resurrection

In City of God I.12-13, Augustine offers a mini-treatise on the relation between burial and the resurrection. He begins from the fact that some Christians killed during the sack of 410 were left without burial. No matter, he insists – even if devoured … Continue reading

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City of God: Who’s guarding whom?

Augustine’s De civitate Dei was occasioned by pagans’ claiming that Christians had caused the downfall of Rome by leading the empire to abandon the old gods who had protected it (cf. CD 1.1). In response, Augustine hoists them on their own petard, namely, the Aeneid, … Continue reading

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De Civitate Dei: The Plan of the Work

In a cover letter to his friend Firmus which accompanied the completed manuscript of his monumental De Civitate Dei, Augustine describes the plan of the work. If it needs to be published in two codices, he notes, the first ten books belong … Continue reading

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