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DR HENRY CHADWICK
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford

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TERTULLIAN

ADVERSUS MARCIONEM


TERTULLIAN

ADVERSUS MARCIONEM

EDITED AND TRANSLATED
BY
ERNEST EVANS

BOOKS 1 TO 3

 

 

OXFORD
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS
1972


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PREFACE

IN his Latin dissertation on Tertullian and his Writings (reprinted in
the third volume of Oehler) John Kaye, Bishop of Lincoln 1827-
1853, observes that Tertullian is of all writers the most harsh and
obscure, and one whom it is impossible to translate into another
language. In a different connection, that accomplished Latinist
George Long, in his edition of the Verrine orations (1862), re-
marked that the Latin language has a mode of dealing with
generalities which the English has not. The Latin, he says, reaches
the understanding, but it often refuses all expression in another
tongue, at least in ours. That being so, one can have nothing but
admiration for the pioneer work of Dr. Peter Holmes, who in 1868
translated these five books into English. 1 My own translation was
almost complete before I was able to obtain a copy of his. I have
since then compared the two versions almost sentence by sentence
throughout: and if it is true that I have found a number of places
where I was bound to think him mistaken, it is also true that there
are some six or more where he has warned me to correct or avoid
a mistake of my own.

        The indexes to the present work were compiled with the
assistance of the very .complete and accurate indexes to the whole
of Tertullian's works provided in the second volume of Corpus
Christianorum
(Turnhout, 1954). The numbering of the sentences
within the chapters is copied from that of Kroymann, but with
occasional adjustments of never more than a line or two in either
direction as required by the improved punctuation of this edition
of the Latin text.

        This work owes much of its accuracy to the acute perception
and retentive memory of the craftsmen and readers of the Press:
to them my thanks are due, and are hereby most gladly offered.

E. E.

Scalby
June 1971

1 The Five Books of Quintus Sept. Flor. Tertullians against Martian, trans-
lated by Peter Holmes, D.D., F.R.A.S., Edinburgh, 1868 [Ante-Nicene Christian
Library],


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

I. Marcion: his Doctrine and Influence

ix

II. Tertullian's Treatise against Marcion

xvii

III. Manuscripts and Editions

xxi

IV. Bibliography

xxii
TEXT AND TRANSLATION 1
APPENDICES

1. Some Technical Terms

642

2. Marcion's Treatment of the New Testament

643
INDEXES

Scripture References

647

Names

657

 


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Ernest Evans(ed), Tertullian: Adversus Marcionem. Oxford University Press. 1972.  Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.

Edited and translated by Canon Ernest Evans, 1972
Transcribed by Roger Pearse, 2001

Greek text is rendered using the Scholars Press
SPIonic font, free from here.


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