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Prophecy in Carthage : Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian

Author: Cecil M Robeck
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, 1992.
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"Prophecy" is never easily defined. It has meant different things to different people of the church at different times. For some, it is an ancient and finished event from which we can only learn; for others, it is still an ongoing wonder, occurring daily in varying manifestations and calling for widely divergent responses.
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Named Person: Perpetua, Saint; Tertullian; Cyprian, Saint Bishop of Carthage.; Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus; Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus; Perpetua (Sancta)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cecil M Robeck
ISBN: 0829809244 9780829809244
OCLC Number: 26396870
Description: xii, 329 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
pt. 1. Prophetic Visions in The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas. 2. Introduction to The Passion. 3. The Vision of Perpetua's Passion. 4. Perpetua's Dinocrates Visions. 5. The Vision of the Egyptian (10.1-14). 6. The Vision of Saturus. 7. The Redactor's Use of the Diaries --
pt. 2. Prophetic Gifts in the Writings of Tertullian. 8. Introduction to Prophetic Gifts in Tertullian. 9. Tertullian's Use of Recorded Visions and Oracles. 10. Tertullian's Use of Contemporary Visions. 11. The Role of the Paraclete in Continuing Revelation --
pt. 3. Prophetic Gifts in the Writings of Cyprian. 12. Introduction to Prophetic Gifts in Cyprian. 13. Revelations Introducing Ecclesiastical Appointments. 14. Visions Conveying Comfort to Confessors. 15. Revelations Exhorting to Christian Unity. 16. Visions Providing Personal Direction --
17. Conclusions --
Appendix A: The Vision of the Ladder --
Appendix B: Perpetua's Dinocrates Vision --
Appendix C: Perpetua's Vision of the Egyptian. Appendix D: Saturus's Vision --
Appendix E: Prophetic Oracles Recorded in Tertullian's Works --
Appendix F: Visionary Woman and Anonymous Woman --
Appendix G: Prophetic Oracles Recorded in Cyprian's Correspondence --
Appendix H: Celerinus and Numidicus --
Appendix I: Comparison Chart of Vision Forms in Cyprian, Epistle 11 --
Appendix J: Structure of the First Vision Occurring in Epistle 11.3 --
Appendix K: Comparative List of Cyprian's Epistles.
Responsibility: Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.

Abstract:

"Prophecy" is never easily defined. It has meant different things to different people of the church at different times. For some, it is an ancient and finished event from which we can only learn; for others, it is still an ongoing wonder, occurring daily in varying manifestations and calling for widely divergent responses.

Through the writings and legacy of Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian, early Christians of the third century, Cecil Robeck has undertaken a historical examination of the gift of prophecy in the early church. He explores their visions and how those visions served and spoke to the persecuted community of believers who formed the early church.

From the perspectives of a laywoman, a bishop, and a theologian, he looks at connections between prophetic phenomena - on the rise in Carthage at that time and in decline elsewhere - and ecclesiastical expectations.

Placing emphasis on the prophetic function rather than the prophetic person, Robeck probes the interpretation, application, and effect of their visions on the church. Through that lens, he demonstrates that their visions have meaning beyond the personal and immediate for the prophet, that they can provide guidance, enlightenment, and meaning not only for their world and time, but for ours as well.

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