Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tertullian's Use of Hebrews
Frisius, Mark A. Tertullian's Use of the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude. Studies in Biblical Literature 143. Peter Lang, 2011
"In Tertullian's Use of the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude, Mark A. Frisius establishes that Tertullian (a third-century theologian) only used the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, and 1 Peter, although he at least knew of Jude. It is further demonstrated that he had no knowledge of James or 2 Peter, which has a distinct bearing on the emergence of the New Testament canon. Tertullian interprets these five texts in various ways, but always with an eye toward confrontational discourse. The author assesses Tertullian's varying interpretive principles and also considers the effects of Montanism on his interpretive procedures. In conclusion, Frisius demonstrates that the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, and 1 Peter provided Tertullian with significant material for his theological controversies. This book, in addition to being a resource for scholars, is also useful in senior level and graduate courses on ancient biblical interpretation."
About the author:
Mark A. Frisius received his PhD in church history from the Catholic University of America. He is Assistant Professor of Theology at Olivet Nazarene University. His particular areas of research interest are third-century North African Christian traditions and the development of historical Latin theology.