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Sources For The Rain Miracle

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The earliest Christian versions of the rain miracle that have come down to us are from Tertullian's two works. The first, the Apologeticum and the other work is the concise Ad Scapulam. In the 5th chapter of the Apologeticum, Tertullian expounds the theory that the benevolent emperors of Rome did not persecute Christians (in contrast to Nero and Domitian); moreover, Marcus Aurelius definitely rose to their defence. In Tertullian's view, the rain miracle could have been a possible incentive for him to defend them. In Tertullian's view, the rain miracle could have been a possible incentive for him to defend them. He writes about Septimius Severus for that reason, connected to a mention of Marcus and the rain miracle. The miracle happened owing to the prayer of Christian soldiers. The question of whether Marcus was a participant in the miracle or not also arises in connection with Tertullian's second passage.

Keywords: Ad Scapulam; Apologeticum; Christian soldiers; Marcus Aurelius; rain miracle; sources; Tertullian

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