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December 2nd, 2014 by Joel Watts

Tertullian on the why of Matthew 1.1 #advent14ccumwv

tertullian matthew 1.1

Tertullian is the John Wesley of the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


6 Responses to “Tertullian on the why of Matthew 1.1 #advent14ccumwv”
  1. “Tertullian is the John Wesley of the 2nd and 3rd centuries”…?
    “It is not permitted for a woman to speak in the church, nor to offer the Eucharist, nor to claim for herself a share in any masculine function– least of all, in the priestly office” Tertullian.
    Very un-Wesleyian…unless we’re talking about Wesley’s wife…. 🙂

  2. I guess Tertullian admired them too. Even though they had women performing prophecy. Seems as though these leaders all changed their minds depending upon which way the wind blows.

    • yeah, it is interesting. Tertullian had high, high praise for the Montanists… and then went a little nutty. I suspect after he experimented with celibacy

  3. Perhaps Wesley should have stayed with celibacy, though. I was rather shocked at his bitter relationship with his wife. On face value, you and I were more successful than Wesley in relationships. That’s why I have a problem elevating a leader to prophet status.

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