Augustine by James J. O'Donnell

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Saint Augustine -- the celebrated theologian who served as Bishop of Hippo from 396 C.E. until his death in 430 C.E. -- is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the Western world. His autobiography, Confessions, remains among the most important religious writings in the Christian tradition. In this eye-opening and eminently readable biography, renowned historical scholar James J. O’Donnell picks up where Augustine himself left off to offer a fascinating, in-depth portrait of an unparalleled politician, writer, and churchman in a time of uncertainty and religious turmoil.

Augustine is a triumphant chronicle of an extraordinary life that is certain to surprise and enlighten even those who believed they knew the complex and remarkable man of God.

 

About James J. O'Donnell

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James J. O'Donnell is a distinguished classicist and has published widely on the history and culture of the late antiquities. A longtime professor of classics at the University of Pennsylvania, he has been provost of Georgetown University since 2002, is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and served as president of the American Philological Association. He is a graduate of Princeton and received his Ph.D. from Yale. He hails from New Mexico and travels the world in search of traces of the ancient past—and fine dark chocolate.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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James J. O'Donnell's jaunty style is meant to affirm the great Bishop of Hippo's reputation while giving it a jolt.

Jul 31 2005 | Read Full Review of Augustine

The New York Times

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James J. O'Donnell's jaunty style is meant to affirm the great Bishop of Hippo's reputation while giving it a jolt.

Jul 31 2005 | Read Full Review of Augustine

The New York Review of Books

It is customary to say that Augustine wrote ten chapters of autobiography and appended to them three chapters of very different sorts: one of philosophy (Chapter 11, on time and memory), one of Scripture study (Chapter 12, on Genesis), and one of theology (Chapter 13, on the Trinity).

May 06 1999 | Read Full Review of Augustine

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