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The Life of Augustine of Hippo

Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)

Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren

The seventeenth century was the century of Saint Augustine. In 1695, Louis Sébastien, Le Nain de Tillemont, finished volume 13 of his Mémoires ecclésiastique, entitled La vie de saint Augustin. The volume consisted of approximately 1200 pages wherein Louis Sébastien gathered from the works of Augustine and elsewhere all extant passages relevant to the biography of Augustine of Hippo. Completed in 1695, the biography was published posthumously in 1700. The work lies in the tradition of Jansenism from Port-Royal and the Leuven. Though an ascetic recluse on the family estate for the last twenty years of his life, he was in touch with important French scholars and the ecclesiastical movements of his time. Louis’ work is the first modern biography of Augustine and the most comprehensive of all Augustinian biographies, even today. Modern authors consult him and frequently adopt his theories without citation. His method exercises influence on contemporary Parisian scholarship on Augustine. This English translation has been divided into three volumes covering three time periods: part 1: birth to episcopal consecration (354–396); part 2: the Donatist controversy (396–411); part 3: the Pelagian controversy (411–430).
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Contemporary Select Bibliography


The contemporary bibliography on Augustine, Pelagius, and Pelagianism is far too extensive to allow for a complete listing of authors and their writings here. Presentation of such a bibliography would take us too far afield from the purpose of the present volume. Attempts at such a listing have already been partially addressed in other works and are noted below.

Bibliothèque augustinienne. Vols 21–24. (Most of Augustine’s anti-Pelagian works are presented with the Latin text on one page and a French translation opposite. The Notes complèmentaires in the rear of these volumes, much in the manner of Louis Sebastian, by eminent French scholars of the time, present sound background and interpretation of Augustine’s texts. An extensive, although somewhat dated, French bibliography can be found on the several question concerning Augustine, Pelagius, and Pelagianism.)

Drecol, V. (ed.) Augustin Handbuch. “Der Pelagianische Streit,” (179–201); “Anti-Pelagianische Werke” (323–346) Tübingen. 2007. (This work is the most recent attempt at exposition of Augustine’s entire life and works. Various contributors present partial contemporary bibliographies on Augustine, Pelagius, and Pelagianism in the pages cited. German bibliography is emphasized throughout the work)

Fitzgerald, A. et alii (eds.). Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia. Grand Rapids. 1999. (Throughout this work various articles and bibliographies by several authors on topics and works pertinent to Pelagius, Pelagianism, Augustine’s response, and related topics are to be found. French and German works are often cited, but the preponderance are in...

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