The Book of Rules of Tyconius
Its Purpose and Inner Logic
Publication Year: 1988
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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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-...
THE BOOK OF RULES - A NEGLECTED CLASSIC
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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. ...
THE IMMENSE FOREST OF PROPHECY
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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 ...
THE LOGIC OF THE MYSTICAL RULES
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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...
THE LOGICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK OF RULES
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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....
THE HERMENEUTICAL THEORY
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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." ...
TYCONIUS AND HIS LATIN CONTEMPORARIES
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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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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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Index of Ancient Authors
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Index of Biblical References
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 1988
Series Title: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
Series Editor Byline: Gregory Sterling