In the history of scholarship, Saint Augustine seems at times like the city of Jerusalem, layered with the framework of past and present occupiers, yet symbolic still of some higher, heavenly prize. For his readers today that prize is an understanding of the contour of classical Christianity as it appeared to its greatest expositor. This volume seeks to remove some of the interpretive scaffolding that modern scholars have erected over the last century in their studies of the contemplative texts of the Confessions. Its purpose is the recovery of the theological salience of contemplation in the Confessions. It is an effort to look beneath the long-standing parapets of scholarly interpretation and indeed behind the sophisticated ingenuousness of Augustine’s spiritual autobiography.