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Tertullian's Aduersus Iudaeos

A Rhetorical Analysis (NAPS Patristic Monograph Series, Volume 19)

Geoffrey D. Dunn

Publication Year: 2011

Geoffrey D. Dunn is the first scholar to use classical rhetoric as the interpretative tool for analyzing the question of the authorship of Aduersus Iudaeos. He argues that Tertullian structured this work according to the rules of classical rhetoric and employed arguments familiar to anyone with training in oratory

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: Patristic Monograph Series (NAPS)


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-ix

Within the field of Tertullian studies, Aduersus Iudaeos is a much neglected text. In his book Ancient Rhetoric and the Art of Tertullian, Robert Sider omitted any analysis of it because, as he stated elsewhere, the latter part of that work was an addition probably by someone other than Tertullian and taken ...


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pp. xi-xiv

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pp. 1-3

In the index of his 1971 monograph on the influence of classical rhetoric on Tertullian’s writings, Robert Sider lists all of Tertullian’s thirty-one works, with two exceptions: Aduersus Iudaeos and Ad Scapulam.1 Although Tränkle’s commentary on Aduersus Iudaeos is contained within Sider’s bibliography, ...

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1. Controversy Surrounding the Text and the Genre

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pp. 5-30

By way of background, in this opening chapter I wish to survey the debate that has engaged scholars over the past couple of centuries about the integrity and authenticity of Aduersus Iudaeos, before engaging with the text itself and making my own contribution to that debate in the remainder of this ...

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2. Readership

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pp. 31-57

In the first half of this chapter I shall anticipate some findings of the following chapters and argue that Aduersus Iudaeos is an example of controuersia, a forensic rhetorical exercise. Unlike his near contemporaries, including fellow Africans like Apuleius and Fronto, whose emphasis was on achieving ...

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3. Structure

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pp. 58-96

To this point I have outlined the controversy concerning the integrity and authorship of Aduersus Iudaeos by summarizing scholarly opinion. Thus I have demonstrated that the controversy is the reason this text plays such an insignificant part in the debate about the relationship between Christians and ...

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4. Argumentation

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pp. 97-141

Having identified a rhetorical structure for Aduersus Iudaeos in the previous chapter, we may now consider the arguments by which Tertullian put forward his case that the Christians had replaced the Jews as God’s people. I shall begin by outlining in general terms the elements of rhetorical argumentation. They are not only complex but extensive, and although the ...

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5. Style

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pp. 142-171

Matters of style in Tertullian are not the focus of Sider’s monograph. He notes that those who have recognized rhetorical elements in Tertullian’s writing generally have limited their observations to matters of style.1 He does not deny that close attention to issues of style can indeed be very helpful ...

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pp. 173-182

The purpose of these final pages is simple. I would like to summarize my findings from the rhetorical analysis of Aduersus Iudaeos and draw some conclusions about the work and about Christians and Jews in Carthage in the late second century. This is the first time Aduersus Iudaeos, which I prefer to describe ...


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pp. 183-195

General Index

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pp. 197-204

Index of Citations to Tertullian

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pp. 205-208

Index of Citations to Scripture

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pp. 209-210

E-ISBN-13: 9780813218489
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813215266

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Patristic Monograph Series (NAPS)
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OCLC Number: 647932367
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  • Tertullian, ca. 160-ca. 230. Adversus Judaeos.
  • Judaism (Christian theology) -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
  • Rhetoric, Ancient.
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