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This chapter begins by surveying how Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus manipulates the biblical text- usually by means of addition-to justify the God of the Old Testament. It explores resonances between Tertullian's additions and traditional interpretation possibly known to Tertullian. The chapter examines what is uniquely Tertullian's contribution and exactly how he shapes the various strands of his argument into a cohesive whole. Tertullian drew on two main literary sources in making his case: Philo and the Rabbis. From Philo he drew the fair wage argument and exemplified it by utilizing the haggadah describing the trial before Alexander. His supposition is that if the Hebrew is found to be without guilt, then their God who commanded them is also beyond reproach. From Philo he also learned the rationale that the damage caused by the Hebrews was far less severe than anything they had suffered.

Keywords:Alexander; biblical text; God; haggadah; Old Testament; Philo; Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus; Rabbis



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