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St. Augustine

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St. Augustine, of all the interpreters encountered thus far, is the most engaged in the question of the despoliation of Egypt; he treats the topic repeatedly and uniquely. Only the two most piquant and exegetically unique passages-questions 53 of Eighty-Three Different Questions and Christian Instruction 2.40- are treated in detail. Because of the length of these two primary texts, this chapter summarizes the portions less directly related to the topic. Portions of greater interpretive importance in relation to the despoliation of Egypt will appear in Latin and in English translation. The chapter comments throughout on the similarities of his argument to the case he presents in Against Faustus the Manichean. Augustine lays out the general principle which guides his whole interpretation: God operates according to differing economies in the Old and New Testaments. These administrations vary in accordance with the development of the human race.

Keywords:Christian theology; Egypt; human race; Manichean; St. Augustine



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