Abstract

Optatus of Milevis responded to Parmenian, bishop of Carthage’s so-called Donatist party, and scholars long recognized Optatus’s rhetorical tactics as purposeful misrepresentation of Parmenian’s original argument. One motif in Parmenian’s work, however, has not been reread in this critical approach: the church as the Bride of Christ as depicted in the Song of Songs is said to have received six dotes, or “gifts.” Optatus insisted that these only apply to his church, that is, the catholic church. Parmenian, it is argued, originally had his material “church,” or basilica, in mind.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3184
Print ISSN
1067-6341
Pages
pp. 399-436
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-03
Open Access
No
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