St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa

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St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa. / Borgehammar, Stephan.

Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life. ed. / Johan Cilliers; Len Hansen. African SUNMedia, 2018. p. 273-281 31 (Studia Homiletica; Vol. 11).

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Harvard

Borgehammar, S 2018, St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa. in J Cilliers & L Hansen (eds), Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life., 31, Studia Homiletica, vol. 11, African SUNMedia, pp. 273-281, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2016/03/11. https://doi.org/10.18820.9781928314486

APA

Borgehammar, S. (2018). St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa. In J. Cilliers, & L. Hansen (Eds.), Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life (pp. 273-281). [31] (Studia Homiletica; Vol. 11). African SUNMedia. https://doi.org/10.18820.9781928314486

CBE

Borgehammar S. 2018. St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa. Cilliers J, Hansen L, editors. In Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life. African SUNMedia. pp. 273-281. (Studia Homiletica). https://doi.org/10.18820.9781928314486

MLA

Borgehammar, Stephan "St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa". and Cilliers, Johan Hansen, Len (editors). Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life. Studia Homiletica. African SUNMedia. 2018, 273-281. https://doi.org/10.18820.9781928314486

Vancouver

Borgehammar S. St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa. In Cilliers J, Hansen L, editors, Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life. African SUNMedia. 2018. p. 273-281. 31. (Studia Homiletica). https://doi.org/10.18820.9781928314486

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Borgehammar, Stephan. / St. Augustine, Preacher of Paradox and Promise in Early Fifth-Century North Africa. Preaching Promise within the Paradoxes of Life. editor / Johan Cilliers ; Len Hansen. African SUNMedia, 2018. pp. 273-281 (Studia Homiletica).

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N2 - Augustine mainly addressed men of the upper and middle classes. Their wives are assumed to be present (and, frequently, to be more pious than their husbands), but are seldom directly addressed. Servants and beggars are not addressed either, but stood to benefit from admonitions to the men in the audience, e.g. that they should give alms regularly and not sexually abuse their subordinates. All this must be understood in terms of the social structure of Roman North Africa.God is depicted as a parent who through the preacher admonishes his children for the sake of their well-being, in this life and in the next. Key factors in their well-being are that they take part in the life of the Church and that they learn to love virtue more than transitory pleasures.Focusing on Sermon 9, "On the then strings of the harp", the paper identifies two paradoxes and one ultimate promise. The paradox of sin depends on the paradox of God being both just and merciful. To love God is to strive for justice and plead for mercy, at the same time. The paradox of salvation entails that the dead are alive to Christ, and that it is possible to store up treasure in heaven by giving away money on earth.The ultimate promise in the sermon is that God's image can be renewed in every human being, with the concomitant promise of an eternal sabbath to be enjoyed in the hereafter.

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