«Christus Sacerdos» in the Preaching of St. Augustine

Christ and Christian Identity

by Daniel Jones (Author)
©2004 Thesis 494 Pages


This study examines how St. Augustine uses the motif Christus Sacerdos to synthesize the entire mystery of Christ, to define Christian identity, and to oppose counter-identities and doctrines, especially those symbolized by pagan priesthoods. The bishop of Hippo continually joins these three elements – Christology, Christian identity, and polemic – so that the doctrine of Christ is always related to its implications for life «on the ground». Augustine shows how the doctrine of Christ entails an identity and an ideal for Christians, defining who they are and what they are to become. He reinforces his teaching about Christ and the Christian with polemic against opposing doctrines, demonstrating the truth of the Christian religion in opposition to pagan cult, and portraying Christian identity in contrast to pagan counter-identity. The study is notable for its attention to how Augustine’s Christology functions in his broader thought, especially his pastoral care.


ISBN (Softcover)
Jesus Christus Metapher Augustinus, Aurelius Christologie Augustine (of Hippo) Jesus Christ Patristics Christology Early Church Preaching Paganism Priester
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 493 pp.

Biographical notes

Daniel Jones (Author)

The Author: Daniel J. Jones is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Assistant Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. Born in 1953, he holds an M.A. in English and in Education (Eastern Michigan University), and an S.T.D. in Theology and Patristic Sciences (Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome).


Title: «Christus Sacerdos» in the Preaching of St. Augustine