By Geoffrey D. Dunn

© 2004 – Routledge

212 pages

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About the Book

This book is the first accessible introduction in English to Tertullian's works, providing translations of Adversus Iudaeos (Against the Jews), Scorpiace (Antidote for the Scorpion's Sting) and De Verginibus Velandis (On the Veiling of Virgins).

Tertullian (c. AD 160 - 225) was one of the first theologians of the Western Church and ranks among the most prominent of the early Latin fathers. His literary output is wide-ranging, and provides an invaluable insight into the Christian Church in the crucial period when the Roman Empire was in decline.

These crucial works studied, together with Geoffrey D. Dunn's comprehensive commentary, illuminate the early church's reaction to paganism, Judaism, Scripture, and its development of a distinctive Christian ethic.


'Features modern translations of Tertullian's Adversus Iudaeos, Scorpiace and De uirginibus uelandis which are supported by individual introductions and copious notes.' - Reviews in Religion and Theology

'His sound, scholarly approah and wide acquaintance with modern as well as ancient authorities augurs well for the high standing of the remainder of this collection.' - Theology

Table of Contents

1. Life and Works of Tertullian 2. North African Christianity 3. Scripture and Tertullian 4. Rhetoric and Tertullian 5. Philosophy and Tertullian 6. Theology and Tertullian 7. Tertullian and Pagans 8. Tertullian and Jews Tertullian and Christians

About the Author

Rec. Dr. Geoffrey D. Dunn is an Australian Research Council Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University. He is also a presbyter (priest) of the Catholic Diocese of Cairns. In recent years has has published more than a dozen articles on North African Christianity.

About the Series

The Early Church Fathers

The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church are central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the Christian Church as a social entity in the first five centuries AD. Students of theology, religion, late antiquity and the early Middle Ages constantly encounter the names of these writers; yet most of them are dauntingly inaccessible to the student because of the volume of their writings and the relative paucity of available translations.

This series makes available translations of key selected texts by the major Fathers, for the use of all students of the early church. Each volume is the work of a distinguished scholar and theologian, who has selected and translated the most representative texts of the author in question. Each volume contains a long introduction setting the subject in his historical and philosophical context, as well as a brief introduction and notes on the translations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
RELIGION / History