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Bibil Identifier bibil:207863
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Ex uno homine tota haec animarum redundantia
Title (German, ) Ursprung, Entstehung und Weitergabe der individuellen Seele nach Tertullian
Author Kitzler, Petr
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 64, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language German
Pages 353-381 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The purpose of this article is to examine Tertullian's opinions on the origin, beginning and transmission of the human soul. These opinions cannot be considered as representing a coherent and systematic doctrine which is evidenced not only by some inner inconsequences and contradictions but also by the fact that Tertullian's reasoning is to a great extent motivated by the efforts to refute the arguments of his opponents. The core of Tertullian's "doctrine"—the distinction between the Spirit of God (spiritus) and his breath (flatus), the latter being the very substance of the human soul, transmitted by the act of procreation and deriving, ultimately, from the original soul of Adam (traducianism)—was intended by him as the main weapon against the alternative concepts of the soul as presented by Hermogenes and Marcion.
DOI 10.1163/004260310X12544604214272
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Tertullian
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Soul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Marcion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism
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