Cover

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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-14

Just over a hundred years ago, the English scholar F.C. Burkitt was looking for a pre-Augustinian African writer whose citation from the Prophets might shed light on the Old Latin versions of the Bible. He found such a writer in the fourth century Donatist theologian and exegete, Tyconius. The Liber Regularum (LR)l of Tyconius, a treatise on the inter-...

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THE BOOK OF RULES - A NEGLECTED CLASSIC

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pp. 15-34

In tracing the manuscript tradition of the Book of Rules, B urkitt came across a memoria technica of the seven rules of Tyconius in a thirteenth century Laon manuscript, first published in the French Departmental Catalogue 5/1 849. ...

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THE IMMENSE FOREST OF PROPHECY

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pp. 35-52

Little is known of Tyconius. From Gennadius' account in De Viris Inlustribus, we learn that Tyconius was an African, a Donatist, well-educated, an ecclesiastical writer, and a scriptural commentator. From Augustine we learn of Tyconiu s' conflicts w ith the Donatist bishop of Carthage, Parmenian, in the late seventies. After ...

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THE LOGIC OF THE MYSTICAL RULES

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pp. 53-88

In the preamble (LR 1 : 1-9) to the Book of Rules. Tyconius claims that in writing a book of rules libe llum regularem scribere. he is in effect making "keys or windows for the secrets of the Law" secretorum legis veluti claves et luminaria fabricare. Tyconius lays...

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THE LOGICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK OF RULES

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pp. 89-118

The careful reading of the Book of Rules makes one increasingly aware of Tyconius' craft as a writer. On the one hand, his is a terse, no-nonsense prose with little attention to the elegance of style and the vivid touches one finds in Ambrose and Augustine....

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THE HERMENEUTICAL THEORY

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pp. 119-158

To come to a better understanding of the hermeneutical theory of the Book of Rules one must first ask what is the Tyconian notion of "rule," what does he mean by the " logic of the rules," and even more importantly, in what sense are the rules "mystical." ...

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TYCONIUS AND HIS LATIN CONTEMPORARIES

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pp. 159-184

At the end of the fifth century, at least a hundred years after the Book of Rules was written, Gennadiu s included an account of Tyconius in his Lives of Illustrious Men.1 Gennadius places this account immediately after that of Rufinus whom he ...

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CONCLUSION

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pp. 185-192

The aim o f the study h as been to understand the purpose and the inner logic of the Book of Rules. It has been argued that a lack of recognition of the thematic and systematic character of the work has made its theory of exegesis as enigmatic to subsequent ...

Index of Contemporary Authors

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pp. 193-194

Index of Ancient Authors

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pp. 195-196

Index of Biblical References

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pp. 197-200