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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Book X$
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Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688492

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688492.001.0001

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Text & Translation

Text & Translation

Text & Translation
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Book X
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the text and translation of Book X of St. Augustine's The City of God. It discusses how Christ offers himself as both celebrant and sacrifice and how the holy angels of Christianity demand worship not for themselves but for the one true God. It also mentions the miracles enacted by the angels to liberate the Israelites from the tyranny of the Egyptian Pharaoh and to safeguard their journey to the promised land, which is proof of God's design for the emergence of his chosen race. The chapter introduces the fraudulent practices of the theurgists, which was described by Porphyry, who is considered the spokesman for Platonism. It records Augustine's disgust at the theurgists' claim to persuade their deities to grant the purification of human souls, or on occasion even to obstruct it.

Keywords:   Book X, St. Augustine, The City of God, Christianity, Israelites, Egyptian Pharaoh

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