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« Quaerite, et inuenietis ». Recherches sur l’exégèse augustinienne de Matth. 7, 7

Abstract : Augustine of Hippo’s allusions to Matth. 7, 7 are countless. The malleability of this verse, in which transitive verbs have no object, has led to a wide variety of interpretation, specialized according to literary genres, historical contexts and opponents. With this verse Augustine demonstrates the need for intellectual research in the tradition inaugurated by Clement of Alexandria and Origen. He reminds the Manicheans of the necessity of humility in scriptural exegesis; the Donatists of the need to interpret the Scripture in calm and peace; the Pelagians of the duty to pray in order to obtain grace, including the grace of initium fidei. In his sermons, involving his listeners in his own quest he urges them to pray and act in accordance with their faith, particularly in order to be able to understand the Scripture. Only the Inner Master gives enlightenment: this is the reason, within the Augustinian gnoseology, why assiduous research is inseparable from prayer.
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Marie Pauliat. « Quaerite, et inuenietis ». Recherches sur l’exégèse augustinienne de Matth. 7, 7. Nihil veritas erubescit: Mélanges offerts à Paul Mattei par ses élèves, collègues et amis, pp.73-87, 2017, 978-2-503-57035-8. ⟨10.1484/M.IPM-EB.5.114509⟩. ⟨halshs-01823204⟩



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