The present study discusses the symbiotic relationship between
Augustine's hermeneutical insights and Christology. It focuses on
the first three books of De doctrina Christiana in their given
sequence. Since Augustine's hermeneutics implies a Christological
epistemology, the author approaches De doctrina Christiana through
Augustine's early epistemological treatises Contra Academicos and
De Magistro. The former defends the possibility of certain
knowledge, and the latter explains how this knowledge is gained
through the illuminative activity of the Inner Teacher. The work
also integrates linguistic signification in ancient philosophy
which prepares the ground for understanding Augustine's 'science of
signs' and the fundamental Christological analogy in doc. Chr.
1.13. This study exemplifies that Augustine's whole semiotic system
is constructed around the fundamental Sign, the humanity of Christ,
which in its hypostatic union with the divine nature enables one to
know God through Christ the human being. Contents: patristic
exegesis--Christology and exegesis--Augustine on
interpretation--History of biblical interpretation--Thought and
language--Linguistic signification--Ancient philosophy and
theology--Augustine and the ancient philosophical
tradition--Literal and figurative interpretation--Regula fidei and
biblical interpretation--Ancient epistemology and
hermeneutics--Augustine on understanding the bible--The scriptural
words and Christ the Word--The analogy between incarnation and the
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