To Behold And Inhabit The Blessed Country: Revelation, Inspiration, Scripture And Infallibility“.” An Introductory Guide To Reflections Upon Augustine, 1945-1980 -- By: Rodney L. Petersen

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 04:2 (Fall 1983)
Article: To Behold And Inhabit The Blessed Country: Revelation, Inspiration, Scripture And Infallibility“.” An Introductory Guide To Reflections Upon Augustine, 1945-1980
Author: Rodney L. Petersen


To Behold And Inhabit The Blessed Country:
Revelation, Inspiration, Scripture
And Infallibility“.”
An Introductory Guide To Reflections
Upon Augustine, 1945-19801

Rodney L. Petersen

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The purpose of this essay is to provide an introductory guide to reflections between the years 1945–80 upon Augustine’s thought as it pertains to the areas of revelation, inspiration, scripture and infallibility. No apology is needed for the value of this study upon the work of the church’s chief theologian with respect to the sources of its theological reflection. Not only is Augustine’s own work the subject of a great deal of debate as to its systematic formulation and development.2 but there has been a veritable explosion of Augustinian studies in the years since the Second World War. This essay cannot begin to survey all of the literature in the areas outlined above, but perhaps it can provide a guide to some of its chief elements.

In addition to the many fine studies which will be noted throughout the context of this article, this paper is guided by the following bibliographic sources and journals. First, a useful and easily accessible introduction to work on Augustine may be found in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 2nd edition, ed. by F. L Cross and E. A. Livingstone (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974). Four of the more complete guides to work on Augustine are: (1) “Bibliographia Augustiniana,” by Carl Andersen, published as a supplement to the book he entitled, Augustinus-Gespräch der Gegenwart (Köln: Wienand Verlag, 1962) 459-583, and later separately; (2) Repertoire Bibliographique de Saint Augustin 1950–1960,

by T. Van Bavel (The Hague: lnstrumenta Patristica, iii, 1963); (3) Augustine Bibliography (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1972), produced by the Institut des Êtudes Augustiniennes, Paris, which publishes special Augustinian studies, the Revue des etudes augustiniennes with its annual Bulletin Augustinien; and (4) Terry L. Miethe, ed., Augustinian Bibliography, 1970–1980. With Essays on the Fundamentals of Augustinian Scholarship (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982).

Of the several journals dedicated in whole or in part to studies in Augustine, the following should be cited: Augustiana, Revue des etudes augustiniennes, Zeitschrift A ugustinus, A ugustinum (since 1961), Augustinian Studies (since 1970), Recherches augustiniennes (since 1958), as well as the various publications of the Oxford Patristics Cong...

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