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Tertullian's Treatise Against Praxeas
Q. SEPTIMII FLORENTIS TERTULLIANI
DE ORATIONE LIBER
The Latin text with critical notes,
an English translation, an introduction,
and explanatory observations
D.D. Oxford, Hon. D.D. Glasgow
Vicar of Hellifield, and
Canon of Bradford
First published in 1953
Northumberland Avenue, W. C. 2
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Printed in Great Britain at the University Press, Cambridge
(Brooke Crutchley, University Printer)
MANUSCRIPTS AND EDITIONS xix
LATIN TEXT AND ENGLISH VERSION 2
INDEX OF SCRIPTURAL AND OTHER REFERENCES 63
INDEX VERBORUM LATINORUM 66
The Latin text here presented is deliberately conservative. To some
extent in this treatise, but still more elsewhere, Tertullian seems
to have been even too well served by his editors. The great
scholars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, whose immense
learning is the admiration of all time, introduced their own
conjectures (which have now become the standard text) in places
where it seems possible that the manuscripts give not only
a tolerable but a preferable reading. There remain, however,
a few places whose difficulty has not yet been solved, on some of
which I have ventured to make suggestions which I submit to the
judgement of the learned.
Professor G. F. Diercks' grande volumen came into my hands
when my own work was, as I thought, complete. In view of it
I have thoroughly revised all I had written. How much I owe to
this magnificent work is made abundantly clear in my critical
notes. I hope also that my translation will escape the severe
censure passed by Professor Diercks on two previous English
translations of this book.
The Introduction and Notes are not intended to be exhaustive.
They will serve their purpose if they introduce to young students
one of the most brilliant and versatile writers of Christian
antiquity, a master of Latin prose, and suggest to them the
possibility of further studies of the same kind. The general reader
also may find some benefit from this very early example of
a Christian devotional work, along with an insight into the
thought and practice of an ancient Christian community.
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Ernest Evans(ed), Tertullian's Tract on the Prayer. © S.P.C.K. 1953. Reproduced by permission of SPCK.
Edited and translated by Canon Ernest Evans, 1953. Transcribed by Roger Pearse, 2002.
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