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Bibil Identifier bibil:202502
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) "... dem Menschen ratend, dass er sich an Gott hänge"
Title (German, ) Gesetz und Gottesverhältnis bei Tertullian
Author Noormann, Rolf
Journal Theologische Beiträge (Volume: 40, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language German
Pages 273-289 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Law doubtlessly is a core issue in the theology of Tertullian. Challenged by Marcion whose "primary and principal exploit is the separation of Law and Gospel", Tertullian takes pains to show that Law itself is as much an expression of the goodness of God as the Gospel. Receiving the Law of God is not a burden but a distinction of human beings, since the Law aims at creating a relationship between God and man. Unlike irrational beings humans are addressed by God and advised to adhere to Him. Moreover, the Law enables human beings not only to live (vivere) but to live uprightly (recte vivere). Even though Tertullian time and again stresses the goodness of the Law and the usefulness of obedience, he leaves no doubt that man as a creature is in no position to question the Law but simply owes obedience to God, his Creator and Lord. Since the Law is good, the goodness of God according to Tertullian requires a severe response to disobedience, i.e. the judgment of God.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Law
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Tertullian
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Marcion
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