Saint Augustine of Hippo, arithmology, and the numerical structure of the Confessions : an honors thesis ([HONRS 499)]

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Authors
Neukam, Scott M.
Advisor
Gilman, Donald
Issue Date
2005
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Thesis (B.?)
Department
Honors College
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Abstract

Arithmology, in the form of Scriptural exegesis and mathematical metaphor, appears quite frequently in the texts of Saint Augustine. Although the Confessions appears to be mostly exempt from this claim, the structure of the work strongly suggests an arithmetical completeness and return to beginning. As this idea can only be understood in light of the arithmology developed in Augustine's other works, its discussion is preceded by a survey of the great saint's other volumes.