Tertullian - Concerning Prayer - Souter version

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Nov 10 2012 7:02 AM

I have been playing with this for a while, but seeing that the CP (http://www.logos.com/product/27365/alexander-souter-studies-in-early-christianity-collection) is about to go though, figured releasing a portion of what I did before the collection was offered could be interesting advertizement for the Logos product.  Included here is Tertullian's Exposition of the Lord's Prayer.

The main source for this is http://www.tertullian.org/articles/souter_orat_bapt/souter_orat_bapt_03prayer.htm with comparison with the version available on internet archive...

There are reasons why Tertullian has been described as the "Church Father we all love to hate" (as someone once described him at a conference I attended) - he was controversial in his day, dying a heretic, but it is hard to imagine western theology without him.  I offer the following brief excerpt to show what to expect, and that much of what he voices is still around our religious world, so to speak...

But when is God’s name not holy and hallowed in itself, seeing that its power makes all others holy? Before His presence the surrounding angels never cease to say: “Holy, holy, holy.” So, therefore, we too, candidates for the position of angel, if we earn it, even in this world can fully learn that heavenly word with which to address God, and the duty pertaining to our future state of glory. So far concerning God’s glory. Again, as regards our petition, when we say: HALLOWED BE THY NAME, we ask that it should be made holy in us, who are in Him, and at the same time in all others, on whom the grace of God is still waiting, that we may obey this precept also, by praying for all, even for our enemies. And therefore, by curtailing our utterance and by refraining from saying “let it be hallowed in us,” we mean “in all.”

Souter, A. (. (1919). Tertullian's Treatieses (22). Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.


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BillS | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 10 2012 10:19 AM

Thank you!

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 10 2012 12:48 PM

Kenneth McGuire:
There are reasons why Tertullian has been described as the "Church Father we all love to hate"

Nice phrase!  Never heard that before!

Peace to you, Ken!                       Please never get tired of our thanking you profusely!   You most certainly have enriched the Logos Community.  I will be sharing this sharing with my Pastor by e-mail later today.  He also appreciates your sharings!          *smile*

                  Switched to Logos5 Portfolio today, so am a bit "pumped"!        Blessings to you and your family;  and I will be continuing  to take the life of you and your loved ones (the Lord knows who they are even if I don't!) to the Lord in prayer.

                           I won't be able to look at your PBB until Monday or Tuesday, but I'm going to download it right now; and then I will build it as convenient!           Thank you!


Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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