Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 683
Presbyter Sabinus reads and explains to the monks of Hadrumetum (North Africa) the book of Augustine on the "Grace and Free Will". The letter of Abbot Valentinus (Letter 216 in Augustine`s correspondence), AD 427.
Letter 216
3. [...] Unde et sanctum presbyterum Sabinum ad maiorem auctoritatem rogauimus et ipsius sanctitas librum cum liquidis interpretationibus legit. [...].
(ed. Goldbacher 1911: 398)
Letter 216
3. [...] Therefore we turned to the presbyter Sabinus for better counsel and His Holiness read to us the book with clear explanations. [...]
(trans. S. Adamiak)


The monks of Hadrumetum were disturbed by the teaching of Letter 194 of Augustine, which strongly emphasised the importance of grace. Sabinus was asked by Valentinus to explain to the monks Augustine's teaching, but he did not entirely succeed in it.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hadrumetum

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Hadrumetum (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The letters of Augustine of Hippo cover a wide range of topics: Holy Scripture, dogma and liturgy, philosophy, religious practice and everyday life. They range from full-scale theological treatises to small notes asking someone for a favour. The preserved corpus includes 308 letters, 252 written by Augustine, 49 that others sent to him and seven exchanged between third parties. 29 letters have been discovered only in the 20th century and edited in 1981 by Johannes Divjak; they are distinguished by the asterisk (*) after their number.
The preserved letters of Augustine extend over the period from his stay at Cassiciacum in 386 to his death in Hippo in 430.
A. Goldbacher ed., S. Augustini Hipponiensis Episcopi Epistulae, Pars 4, Ep. 185-270, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 57, Vienna-Leipzig 1911.
 Saint Augustine, Letters 211–270, 1*–29*, trans. R. Teske, New York 2005.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Described by a title - Titles of respect
Reverenced by
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Education - Theological interest
Devotion - Reading the Bible and devotional literature
Pastoral activity - Teaching
Pastoral activity - Spiritual direction
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