341 Modulans.

342 Prov. viii. 28.

343 Plane.

344 Gen. i. 2.

345 In disperso.

346 Ergo: Tertullian's answer.

347 Ch. xxx., towards the end.

348 Ut et aliae.

349 Jam.

350 Otiosa.

351 Generatio: creation in the higest sense of matter issuing from the maker. Another reading has "generosiora essent," for our "generatio sola esset," meaning that, "those things would be nobler which had not been made." which is obviously quite opposed to Terullian's argument.

352 Aeque.

353 Praemiserat.

354 Colores. See our "Anti-Marcion," p. 217, Edin., where the word pretension should stand instead of precedent.

355 Praescribentes.

356 Innatum: see above, note 12.

357 Donec ad Scripturas provocata deficiat exibitio materiae.

358 Etiamsi quid.

359 Orgines.

360 Materias. There is a point in this use of the plural of the controverted term materia.

361 Ceterum.

362 Isa. xxxiv. 4; Matt. xxiv. 29; 2 Pet. iii. 10; Rev. vi. 14.

363 Matt. xxiv. 35.

364 Rev. xxi. 1.

365 Rev. xx. 11.

366 Ps. cii. 25, 26.

367 Acerba sua "grossos suos" (Rigalt.). So our marginal reading.

368 Rev. vi. 13.

369 Ps. xcvii. 5.

370 Isa. ii. 19.

371 Isa. xlii. 15.

372 Isa. xli. 17.

373 Etiam mare hactenus, Rev. xxi. 1.

374 Causam.

375 Etiam.

376 Emortuam.

377 In hoc, ut esset. Contrasted with the "non erat" of the previous sentance, this must be the meaning, as if it were "ut fieret."

378 Ista.

379 Interim.

380 De substantiis duntaxat.

381 Age nunc sit: "But grant that there is this third state."

382 Subicit.

383 Other than "the right reason" above named.

384 Adversus.

385 The original, "Adversus renuntiationem reciprocationis illius," is an obscure expression. Oehler, who gives this reading in his edition, after the editio princeps, renders the term "reciprocationis" by the phrase "negative conversion" of the proposition that Matter is corporeal and incorporeal (q.d. "Matter is neither corporeal nor incorporeal"). Instead, however, of the reading "reciprocationis," Oehler would gladly read "rectae rationin," after most of the editions. He thinks that this allusion to "the right reason," of which Hermogenes boasted, and of which the absurd conclusion is exposed in the context, very well suits the sarcastic style of Tertullian. If this, the general reading, be adopted, we must render the whole clause this: "For it will be corporeal and incorporeal, in spite of the declaration of that right reason (of Hermogenes), which is plainly ehough above giving any reason," etc. etc.

386 Inconditum. See above ch. xviii., in the middle. Notwithstanding the absurdity of Hermogenes idea, it is impossible to translate this word irregular as it has been proposed to do by Genoude.

387 Rectior.

388 Bardior.

389 Actus: being driven.

390 Actus ejus est motus.

391 Sicut tu.

392 Denique.

393 Solius.

394 Res.

395 Officia.

396 Habitum.

397 Quid enim?

398 Si placuisset tibi.

399 See below, ch. xli., p. 500.

400 Compositionem Dei.

401 Non accepisset translationem.

402 Subostendis.

403 Affinem.

404 Matt. iii. 9.

405 Subicis.

406 This is the force of the subjunctive verb.

407 Te confessum.

408 De situ.

409 Oehler here restores the reading "quod et de modo," instead of "de motu," for which Pamelius contends. Oehler has the mss. on his side, and Fr. Junius, who interprets "modo" here to mean "mass or quantity." Pamelius wishes to suit the passage to the preceding context (see ch. xxxvi.); Junius thinks it is meant rather to refer to what follows, by which it is confirmed.

410 In loco.

411 Determinatur.

412 Lineam extremam.

413 Modo corporis: or "bulk."

414 Nec tota fabricatur, sed partes ejus. This perhaps means: "It is not its entirety, but its parts, which are used in creation."

415 Obduceris: here a verb of the middle voice.

416 In reference to the opinion above mentioned, "Matter is not fabricated as whole, but in parts."

417 Ut exemplarium antiquitatis.

418 Rectius.

419 Definitiva.

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