De mirabilibus sacrae scripturae‘On the miracles of sacred Scripture’

Augustinus Hibernicus
  • Latin
  • prose
  • Irish religious texts
Latin theological treatise on the nature of miraculous phenomena in Scripture. While sometimes attributed in the manuscripts to Augustine, the text is thought to have been written in the 7th century by an anonymous Irishman who is now often referred to as Augustinus Hibernicus or the Irish Augustine.
Augustinus HibernicusAugustinus Hibernicus / Irish Augustine / Pseudo-Augustine ... Irish (fl. mid–7th c.) – theologian and author of the Hiberno-Latin treatise De mirabilibus sacrae scripturae, sometimes attributed to a certain Augustine, hence the use of the phrase Augustinus Hibernicus (the Irish Augustine) or Pseudo-Augustine.
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The earliest manuscripts include:
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Shorter version
  • Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Aug. perg. 191
Longer version
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson C 153 [s. xii]
    ff. 1r–42r
    Part of the index is missing.
  • Rouen, Bibliothèque publique, MS 665
    ff. 67r–102v
  • Troyes, Bibliothèque publique, MS 280
    part 2
  • Oxford, Balliol College, MS 229
    ff. 57r–79v
  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS 1956
    part 5
In addition, there are numerous manuscripts of later date.(1)n. 1 Mario Esposito, ‘On the Pseudo-Augustinian treatise De mirabilibus sanctae scripturae written in Ireland in the year 655’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 35 C (1918–1920).
  • Avignon, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 228
    ff. 36b–39a
  • Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 10543-10544 (1050) [s. xv]
    ff. 21b–75a
    Comprises index (ff. 21b-22a), Book 1 (ff. 22b-46b), Book 2 with index (ff. 46b-67b) and Book 3 with index (ff. 67b-75a)
  • Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 154
    ff. 196a–218a
  • Cambridge, Emmanuel College, MS 2
    ff. 1a–18a
Manuscripts from Bury St Edmunds:
    • Cambridge, Pembroke College, MS 20
      ff. 28b–42b
      • Cambridge, Pembroke College, MS 34
        ff. 259a–272b
        Probably dependent on the copy in Cambridge, Pembroke College, MS 20
    • Cambridge, Pembroke College, MS 87
      ff. 121a–130b
      Excludes prologue and index.
    • Cambridge, Pembroke College, MS 135
      ff. 123b–130a
      Excludes prologue and index.
  • Cambridge, Peterhouse, MS 113
    ff. 145b–169a
  • Cambridge, St John's College, MS 47
    ff. 99b–116a
  • Cambridge, University Library, MS Ff iv 8
    ff. 231a–240a
  • Cambridge, University Library, MS Kk ii 14
    ff. 132a–147b
  • Cambridge, University Library, MS Kk iv 11
    ff. 66a–89a
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Irish religious texts



Mario Esposito, ‘On the Pseudo-Augustinian treatise De mirabilibus sanctae scripturae written in Ireland in the year 655’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 35 C (1918–1920).

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Migne, Jacques-Paul [gen. ed.], Sancti Aurelii Augustini, Hipponensis episcopi, opera omnia: post Lovaniensium theologorum recensionem, 12 vols, vol. 3:2: Opera exegetica, Patrologia Latina 35, Paris, 1841.
Internet Archive: <link>
2149–2200 Reprint of the 17th-century edition by the Benedictines of St.-Maur.
[ed.] MacGinty, Gerard, “The treatise De mirabilibus sacrae Scripturae: critical edition, with introduction, English translation of the long recension and some notes”, 2 vols, PhD thesis (unpublished): National University of Ireland, 1971.
[tr.] Carey, John, King of Mysteries: early Irish religious writings, 2nd ed. (1998), Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.
51–74 Selections in translation

Secondary sources (select)

MacGinty, Gerard, “The Irish Augustine: De mirabilibus sacrae Scripturae”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Irland und die Christenheit: Bibelstudien und Mission. Ireland and Christendom: the Bible and the missions, Veröffentlichungen des Europa Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1987. 70–83.
Löfstedt, Bengt, “Notes on the Latin of the De mirabilibus sacrae scripturae of Augustinus Hibernicus”, in: O'Loughlin, Thomas (ed.), The Scriptures and early medieval Ireland: proceedings of the 1993 Conference of the Society for Hiberno-Latin Studies on Early Irish Exegesis and Homilectics, Instrumenta Patristica 31, Steenbrugge, Turnhout: In Abbatia S. Petri; Brepols, 1999. 145–150.
Simonetti, Manlio, “De mirabilibus Sacrae Scripturae: un trattato irlandese sui miracoli della Sacra Scrittura”, Romanobarbarica 4 (1979): 225–251.
Gorman, Michael M., “The myth of Hiberno-Latin biblical exegesis”, Revue Bénédictine 110 (2000): 42–85.
Especially 79–84
Kenney, James F., “Chapter III: The Irish church in the ‘Celtic’ period”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 156–287.
275–277 [id. 104.]
Esposito, Mario, “On the Pseudo-Augustinian treatise De mirabilibus sanctae scripturae written in Ireland in the year 655”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 35 C — 1919 (1918–1920): 189–207.
Internet Archive: <link>
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