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Tertullian and Paul
Still, Todd D. and David E. Wilhite, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. xxiv + 320. $120

Series Information
Pauline and Patristic Scholars in Debate, 1


Description: How might late second/early third century readings of Paul illuminate our understanding of the first century texts? A close comparison of Tertullian and Paul reveals the former to be both a dubious and a profoundly insightful interpreter of the latter. With growing interest in the field of patristic exegesis, there is a need for examination of Tertullian's readings of Paul. Tertullian, the first among the significant Latin writers, shaped generations of Christians by providing both a vocabulary for and an exposition of elemental Christian doctrines, wherein he relied heavily on Pauline texts and appropriated them for his own use.

This new collection of essays presents a collaborative attempt to understand, critique, and appreciate one of the earliest and most influential interpreters of Paul, and thereby better understand and appreciate both the dynamic event of early patristic exegesis and the Pauline texts themselves. Each chapter takes a two pronged approach, beginning with a patristic scholar considering the topic at hand, before a New Testament response. This results in a fast paced and illuminating interdisciplinary volume.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Judith M. Lieu
Published 1/7/2015
Citation: Judith M. Lieu, review of Todd D. Still and David E. Wilhite, eds., Tertullian and Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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