People/Characters: Tertullian

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent by Elaine Pagels155/160-220/230
Angelomorphic christology and the exegesis of Psalm 8:5 in Tertullian's Adversus Praxean : an examination of Tertullian's reluctance to attribute angelic properties to the Son of God by Edgar G. Foster155/160-220/230
Ante-Nicene Fathers. Volume 3. Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian. Three Parts: I. Apologetic; II. Anti-Marcion; III. Ethical by Tertullian155/160-220/230
Ante-Nicene Fathers. Volume 4. Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Part Fourth; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen, Parts First and Second. by Alexander Roberts155/160-220/230
Biblical Essays by J. B. Lightfoot155/160-220/230
Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath155/160-220/230
Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) by Peter Gorday
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Michael Hecht
Faith of the Early Fathers by William A. Jurgens
Faith of the Early Fathers, Volume 1 by William A. Jurgens
The Fathers of the Church, Expanded Edition by Mike Aquilina
Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence by Hector Avalos155/160-220/230
Forged: Writing in the Name of God — Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman
From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church by Thomas F. Madden155/160-220/230
A General Survey of the History of the Canon of the New Testament by Brooke Foss Westcott155/160-220/230
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels155/160-220/230
A History of Apologetics by Avery Robert Cardinal Dulles155/160-220/230
A History of the Christian Church by Williston Walker155/160-220/230
History of the Idea of Progress by Robert Nisbet155/160-220/230
How to think about weird things : critical thinking for a new age by Theodore Schick Jr.
The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts by H. A. G. Houghton
The Myth of Catholic Scholarship: the Absurdities, Falsehoods and Distortions of the Catholic Encyclopedia by Joseph McCabe155/160-220/230
Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist by Walter Arnold Kaufmann
Our great heritage, Volume 1 by Lyle W. Lange155/160-220/230
A Short History of the Early Church by Harry R. Boer155/160-220/230
The text of the New Testament in contemporary research : essays on the status quaestionis by Bart D. Ehrman
Vicars of Christ: the Dark Side of the Papacy by Peter De Rosa
Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus by John Dominic Crossan155/160-220/230
The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures by Ben Edward Akerley155/160-220/230

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  1. Fathers Of The Church: A Comprehensive Introduction by Hubertus R. Drobner (1705)
  2. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Volume 04: St. Augustine: The Writings against the Manichaeans and against the Donatists by Philip Schaff (1956)
  3. Faith of the Early Fathers, Volume 2 by William A. Jurgens (1979)
  4. The Fathers by Pope Benedict XVI (2008)
  5. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Volume 05: St. Augustine: Anti-Pelagian Writings by St. Augustine (1872)
  6. The Nag Hammadi Library by James M. Robinson (1977)
  7. A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs by David W. Bercot (1997)
  8. Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels (2003)
  9. Patrology, Vol. 2: The Ante-Nicene Literature After Irenaeus by Johannes Quasten (1950)
  10. Early Latin Theology : Selections from Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose, and Jerome by Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (1956)
  11. The Gnostic Paul by Elaine H. Pagels (1975)
  12. Patrology, Volume 1: The Beginnings of Patristic Literature by Johannes Quasten (1950)
  13. Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity by Elaine Pagels (2006)
  14. Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth by Burton L. Mack (1995)
  15. Early Christian Doctrines by J. N. D. Kelly (1960)

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Tertullian: Early Christian writer and controversialist. Perhaps most famous for the quote "The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church." Born a pagan perhaps around 160 C.E. in North Africa, he was trained as a lawyer, and converted to Christianity while probably in his mid-thirties. He wrote many passionate works exhorting outsiders to become Christian -- and exhorting Christians to become more spiritual. This eventually caused him to break away from the orthodox church and become a Montanist. He perhaps died around 220.

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