In offering a close reading of Tertullian’s Adversus Marcionem 3–4, the present essay contends that Tertullian supports his belief that Christians are the proper continuation of God’s people in history by making a case for Christian separation from the Jews as the fulfillment of scriptural prophecy. Tertullian’s reading of the Creator’s Scriptures is his exegetical basis for forming a logic of separation between Christians and the chosen Jewish nation. This differentiation does not require an ontological bifurcation of the Creator and the God revealed in Jesus. Rather, God the Creator and Father of Jesus reveals this distinction in the operation of his providence in history and in Scripture. It is in this very separation that Christians fulfill the prophecies of the Creator God of the Hebrew Bible and religion.
Tertullian’s Case for the Christiani Creatoris in Adversus Marcionem
Alexander H. Pierce is a PhD candidate in theology (history of Christianity) at the University of Notre Dame, where he studies early and medieval Christianity. He holds an MDiv and MA in systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His research has been published in Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, Pro Ecclesia, Augustinianum, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Augustinian Studies, and Church History.
Alexander H. Pierce; Tertullian’s Case for the Christiani Creatoris in Adversus Marcionem. Journal of Theological Interpretation 1 June 2022; 16 (1): 1–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/jtheointe.16.1.0001
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