By common consent Against Praxeas is one of Tertullian’s most important works. It possesses a positive and historic significance as the earliest surviving formal statement of the doctrine of the Trinity. It is true that the argument, at least so far as it is based on passages from the Greek version of the Old Testament, or on a Latin translation of that Greek, is not so convincing to the modern student of Scripture as it must have been in Tertullian’s own day. Yet the knowledge of the Bible shown is amazing. At the same time the sheer brain power which the work exhibits would render it notable in any age.
Alexander Souter’s translation of Against Praxeas begins with an introduction to Tertullian’s life and works, and then an introduction to the work at hand. The translation is annotated with careful and helpful notes. Souter includes an index of quotations and references for both the Old and New Testaments and an index of Latin words.
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- Provides a clear translation of Tertullian’s most significant works
- Explores the earliest surviving formal statement of the doctrine of the Trinity
- Offers material well suited for students and pastors
- Title: Tertullian against Praxeas
- Author: Alexander Souter
- Publisher: SPCK
- Publication Date: 1920
- Pages: 125
About Alexander Souter
Alexander Souter (1873–1949) was born in Perth, Scotland. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Cambridge. From 1903 to 1910, he served as Yates Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford. From 1911 to 1937 he served as Regius Professor of Humanities at the University of Aberdeen.