Tertullian and the Church by David RankinTertullian and the Church by David Rankin

Tertullian and the Church

byDavid Rankin

Paperback | October 15, 2007

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Was Tertullian of Carthage a schismatic? How did he view the church and its bishops? In this study David Rankin sets the writings of Tertullian in the context of the early third-century church and its developments, and discusses Tertullian's own theology of the church, his imagery and his perception of church office and ministry. Tertullian's contribution to the development of the church has often been misunderstood, and this thorough exploration provides a timely reassessment of its nature and importance.
Title:Tertullian and the ChurchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521044006

ISBN - 13:9780521044004


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; A note on chronology of texts; Introduction; Part I. The Historical Questions: 1. The church in North Africa; 2. Tertullian's relationship to the Catholic church; 3. Tertullian's relationship to the New Prophecy movement; Part II. Tertullian's Doctrine of the Church: Introduction; 4. Tertullian's ecclesiological images; 5. The church as 'one, holy, catholic and apostolic'?; Conclusions; Part III. Tertullian's Doctrine of Ministry and Office: Introduction; 6. Ministry as 'service' and as 'office'; 7. The offices of the church; 8. Women in ministry; 9. Other ministries; 10. Appointment to office; Conclusions. Part IV. General Conclusions: Appendix: a note on method; Select bibliography; General index; Index of citations from Tertullian.

Editorial Reviews

"Rankin clearly demonstrates that Tertullian did much to pave the way for the episcopal absolutism of Western Catholicism." Kevin Madigan, Religious Studies Review