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Bibil Identifier bibil:202574
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Jerusalem and Carthage
Author Hazony, Yoram
Journal Hebraic Political Studies (Volume: 3, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 261-289 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In recent years, Tertullians iconic distinction between Jerusalem and Athens has been frequently cited as a point of departure for discussion of the relationship between the thought of the Bible and the philosophy of ancient Greece. Historically, Tertullians dichotomy launches a discourse based on two familiar premises: that "faith" and "reason" name distinct and opposed aspects of mankind's intellectual endowment; and that the tradition of thought found in the Bible represents and encourages the first of these, whereas Greek philosophy embraces the second. My own view is that both of these premises are almost certainly false. In what follows, I offer preliminary remarks concerning one aspect of this topic, which is the question of whether the Bible can reasonably be seen as representing the position labeled "faith" in the Tertullianic disputation between faith and reason. In my view, the kind of faith that bears the label "Jerusalem" in the discourse inspired by Tertullian cannot be found in the Hebrew Bible at all. To speak intelligently about the thought of the Hebrew Bible and its place in the history of the West, one must learn to think in terms of an unaccustomed and very different opposition, that between Jerusalem and Carthage.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Tertullian
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Carthage
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