Monday, March 23, 2015

ANF V: Cyprian Treatise XII Against the Jews

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5

Cyprian: Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews

Much like the previous "treatise", this isn't so much an extended argument as it is a number of propositions followed by Biblical citations. In this case, the citations are largely Old Testament citations since they are intended, as Cyprian says in his opening, to provide source material for more in-depth reflection by later writers. In these, Cyprian argues that 1) the Jews have abandoned God, so now the Christians are God's people; 2) what we believe as Christians about Christ; and 3) how we are to live as believers ("six-score"--120-- instructions in number, for whatever that's worth). As with the previous treatise, you can probably get away with just reading the heads, which I won't provide this time because there are so many of them. This treatise can be skimmed or skipped as per the reader's preference.

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