All Coptic Links - Coptic Directory - Orthodox Church Directory The Agbeya - The Coptic Book of Prayers (English Agbiya + Arabic Agpeya) English Bible + Holy Bible in other languages - Arabic, French, Ethiopian Amharic Holy Bible, ArabicBible, Enjeel Saint Takla dot org - Main page - English Photo and Image Gallery: Jesus - Mary - Saints - St. Takla - Church - Priests - Bible - Activities - pictures and Icons.. Download and listen to Hymns - Carols - Midnight Praise (Tasbeha) - Midis - Videos - Liturgies - Masses - Sermons - Online Streaming   Coptic Church Website Logo of Saint Takla Haymanot the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox Website - Alexandria - Egypt - موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت القبطي الأرثوذكسي FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers - Coptic and Christan Q&A - Faith, Creed, Site, Youth, Family, Holy Bible Contact Us - Address - Map - Online Support Send a free Christian and Coptic Greeting Cards to your friends موقع الكنيسة القبطية باللغة العربية - الموقع العربي StTaklaorg Site News and Updates Downloads.. Winamp Skins - Coptic fonts - Agbeya - Software - Freeware - Icons - Gallery - Mp3s Feedback - Submit URL - ideas - Suggestions.. Kids' Corner - Coloring - Songs - Games - Stories Free Coptic Books - Christian Arabic Books, Orthodox English Books  

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. II:
On Christian Doctrine: Introductory Note by the Editor

Early Church Fathers  Index     

p. 515

Introductory Note by the Editor.

The four books of St. Augustin On Christian Doctrine (De Doctrina Christiana, iv libri) are a compend of exegetical theology to guide the reader in the understanding and interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures, according to the analogy of faith.  The first three books were written a.d. 397; the fourth was added 426.

He speaks of it in his Retractations, Bk. ii., chap. 4, as follows:

“Finding that the books on Christian Doctrine were not finished, I thought it better to complete them before passing on to the revision of others.  Accordingly, I completed the third book, which had been written as far as the place where a quotation is made from the Gospel about the woman who took leaven and hid it in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened. 1702   I added also the last book, and finished the whole work in four books [in the year 426]:  the first three affording aids to the interpretation of Scripture, the last giving directions as to the mode of making known our interpretation.  In the second book, 1703 I made a mistake as to the authorship of the book commonly called the Wisdom of Solomon.  For I have since learnt that it is not a well-established fact, as I said it was, that Jesus the son of Sirach, who wrote the book of Ecclesiasticus, wrote this book also:  on the contrary, I have ascertained that it is altogether more probable that he was not the author of this book.  Again, when I said, ‘The authority of the Old Testament is contained within the limits of these forty-four books,’ 1704 I used the phrase ‘Old Testament’ in accordance with ecclesiastical usage.  But the apostle seems to restrict the application of the name ‘Old Testament’ to the law which was given on Mount Sinai. 1705   And in what I said as to St. Ambrose having, by his knowledge of chronology, solved a great difficulty, when he showed that Plato and Jeremiah were contemporaries, 1706 my memory betrayed me.  What that great bishop really did say upon this subject may be seen in the book which he wrote, ‘On Sacraments or Philosophy.’” 1707



Bk. iii. chap. 25.


Chap. 8.


Bk. ii. chap. 8.


Gal. 4.24.


Book. ii. chap. 28.  See p. 547.


This book is among the lost works of Ambrose.

Next: Contents of Christian Doctrine

Send this page to a friend

St. Takla Website - Main IndexNicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. II Index

Like & share

© Saint Takla Haymanout Website: Coptic Orthodox Church - Alexandria, Egypt / URL: / Contact us at