ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF AN IMAGE OF CRUEL GOD IN TERT. SCORP. 7, 1–7

In this paper the comparison by Tertullian of martyrdom in the Christianity with human sacrifi ce in pagan cults is considered and a fact is proved, that the Tertullian’s perception of cruel God has been formed without influence of African traditions of the Saturn’s cult, reference to which may be a rhetorical example. The structure of the passage Tert. Scorp. 7, 1–7, apologist’s views on the Saturn’s cult and martyrdom and the interpretation by Hippolytus of Biblical verse (Prov. 9:20), to which Tertullian refers, are considered as arguments of Tertullian’s independence from heathenism.

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