Michael Cameron from the Department of Theology has just published a book-length study of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) that analyzes the ancient Latin Church Father’s patterns of reading and teaching the Bible. Drawing on a quote from Augustine about the Old Testament, the book is titled Christ Meets Me Everywhere: Augustine’s Early Figurative Exegesis, and published by Oxford University Press.
Most readers first encounter Augustine’s love for the words of Scripture in his masterwork, the Confessions. Augustine does not merely quote texts there, but in many ways lets Scripture itself tell his story. As he journeys from darkness to light, Augustine figuratively becomes Adam in the Garden of Eden, or the Prodigal Son of Jesus’ parable, or the Pauline double personality devoted to and rebellious against God’s Law.