Augustinus 18 (1973) pp. 82-3.
Ernest: Tertullian: Adversus Marcionem (Edited and translated by
(OXFORD UNIV. PRESS) 1972, 2 vols., XXIV-658 pp., tela 8 libras.
En esta obra se nos ofrece el texto latino de la
obra de Tertuliano, con un selecto
antoja igualmente demasiado breve (Observamos también que no se
indica el lugar en
Hay que agradecer a Evans el esfuerzo que
representa ofrecer una versión de la obra
In this work the Latin text of the work of Tertullian is offered to us, with a select critical apparatus. On the facing pages are found the English translation with some brief explanatory notes. Two appendices close the book. In the first some technical terms are explained. And in the other the attitude of Marcion to the New Testament is exposed. It does not lack an index of scripture references, and another of names. The work of Tertullian offers a special interest since it exposes in precise terms the theological principles and the exegetical methods that had been accepted previously by Christian exegetes, although not defined consciously. Sometimes it includes the first commentaries on Gospels and the Pauline Epistles, up to the time that constitutes the first attempt in the Latin language to interpret the Old Testament in terms of the New. The introduction puts us in contact with the main problems that the figure of Marcion presents. It is a brief -- perhaps excessively brief -- introduction that serves to know better the text of Tertullian. There are twelve pages in which Evans analyzes the doctrine and the influence of Marcion. It is well known that almost all that we know of Marcion comes from Christian apologists who tried to refute the doctrines of Marcion: Justin, Irenaeus, Hippolytus, etc. Evans also offers a summary of the treatise of Tertullian against Marcion. He also discusses the different editions of that work. He studies the relations of Tertullian with montanism, and the relationship of Adversus Marcionem and Adversus Iudaeos. He also analyzes the sources of Tertullian's treatise. Next care is taken of the manuscripts and editions of the Adversus Marcionem. He does not lack a select bibliography, that also seems too brief to us (We also observed that the place in which these works were published is not indicated).
It is necessary to thank Evans for the effort that it represents to offer a version of the work Adversus Marcionem, whose author is one of most obscure among the Christians, and that it is very difficult and risky to translate into another language. The collection "Oxford Early Christian Texts " little by little is becoming rich with works fundamental to understand the Christian thought of the first times.
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