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As Far as My Poor Memory Suggested’: Cyprian’s Compilation of Ad Quirinum

Murphy, Edwina (2014) As Far as My Poor Memory Suggested’: Cyprian’s Compilation of Ad Quirinum. Vigiliae Christianae, 68 (5). pp. 533-550. ISSN 0042-6032

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The question of who compiled Ad Quirinum remains unresolved. The previous consensus that it was indeed Cyprian, based largely on Koch’s work, was challenged by Bobertz over twenty years ago. Since then, the issue has received little attention. Here I refute Bobertz’s main arguments for believing that the collection existed prior to Cyprian’s conversion. I argue that textual variations between Ad Quirinum and Cyprian’s letters and treatises do not rule out Cyprian being the compiler, as similar variations also occur in Cyprian’s uncontested works. I examine the role of tradition and memory in scriptural citation and show how Cyprian’s own catechumenate assisted in his preparation of Ad Quirinum. I also demonstrate that there is no conflict between Test. 3.28 and Cyprian’s practice in the wake of the Decian persecution and consider why Pontius did not include the work in his list of treatises.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: testimonia, tradition, Bobertz, scriptural citation, Ad Quirinum, Cyprian
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 04:40
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 03:47
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2532

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