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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. As interest in the field of patristic exegesis grows, 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 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 followed by a New Testament response. This results in a fast-paced and illuminating interdisciplinary volume.
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Todd D. Still is associate professor of Christian Scriptures at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Among other publications, he is the author of Conflict at Thessalonica: A Pauline Church and Its Neighbours and the editor of Jesus and Paul Reconnected: Fresh Pathways into an Old Debate.
David Wilhite is a historical theologian at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He is the author of Tertullian the African: An Anthropological Reading of Tertullian’s Context and Identities.