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The Epistles of Cyprian I-LIV Epistle I

Caecilius Cyprianus, aka Thascius, was probably born around 200 AD.  He converted to Christianity around the age of 40.  He was the bishop of Carthage and notable early Christian writer.  During this time, Christian persecution was especially severe at Carthage. Many Christians fell away, and were thereafter referred to as…
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Tertullian – Appendix to Ad Martyras (Tertullian’s address to martyrs)

The following writing dates from around 203 AD. It so closely relates to Tertullian's Ad Martyras, it grew to be known as the "appendix" to Ad Martyras. THE MARTYRDOM OF PERPETUA AND FELICITAS. PREFACE. IF ancient illustrations of faith which both testify to God's grace and tend to man's edification…
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Tertullian – Ad Martyras (An address to the Martyrs)

Tertullian's Ad Martyras may be Tertullian's earliest work.  It was written around 197 AD.  The writing is addressed to imprisoned Christians awaiting their execution. CHAP. I. BLESSED Martyrs Designate, - Along with the provision which our lady mother the Church from her bountiful breasts, and each brother out of his…
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Tertullian – Against the Valentinians

Adversus Valentinianos or Against the Valentinians is a famous refutation of Valentinianism by Tertullian.  Valentinianism was a gnostic movement founded by Valentinus (an early Roman gnostic theologian) around 200 AD.  It began as a Christian movement, morphed into something else entirely (possibly out of frustration when Valentinus failed his bid…
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Origen – Dep Principiis, Books III-IV

Origen was a Greek scholar and early Christian ; He was a prolific writer in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism, biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, philosophical theology, preaching, and spirituality written in ; De principiis (Our First Principles) is considered on of the first philosophical expositions of Christian doctrine.…
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Tertullian – Against Hermogenes

Hermogenes taught that matter is eternal and therefore equal to God.  In this writing, Tertullian, an early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa, disputes Hermogenes' ideas, particularly with regards to creation of mankind.  The granularity of Tertullian's argument makes it apparent that Hermogenes had published work…
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Tertullian – The Five Books against Marcion, Books IV-V

In The Five Books against Marcion, Tertullian, an early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa, disperses an exhaustive repudiation of Marcion's controversial beliefs.  Contrary to Christ's teachings, Marcion (Marcion of Sinope) discounted the Old Testament and parts of the New Testament to form his own brand…
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Tertullian – The Five Books against Marcion, Books I-III

In The Five Books against Marcion, Tertullian, an early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa, disperses an exhaustive repudiation of Marcion's controversial beliefs.  Contrary to Christ's teachings, Marcion (Marcion of Sinope) discounted the Old Testament and parts of the New Testament to form his own brand…
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Tertullian – Ad Nationes (books 1 and 2)

This is likely one of Tertullian's earlier works as it appears as if it has not been polished for publication.  This work was later reworked to produce the Apologeticum.  It consists of two books.  The first book discusses judicial procedures used during the persecution of Christians.  The second book discussed…
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Tertullian – To Scapula (ancient letter to)

This writing, which gives valuable clues to times and circumstances, was written around 215 AD.  It is addressed to Scapula (likely Scapula Tertullus), Proconsul of Africa, who had begun persecuting Christians.  Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus (Tertullian), an early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa, attempts to…
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