A JEWISH SOURCE OF MINUCIUS FELIX BY G. QUISPEL The much disputed problem whether the Octavius was written before or after the Apologeticum remains as yet unsolved 1. Our generation, which is more readily impressed by force and tempera- ment than by equilibrium and refinement, will perhaps be inclined to prefer Tertullian, a genius, to Minucius, a compilator 2, but such subjective matters of taste must not prejudice in this question, which should be dealt with more geometrico. The fact that very distin- guished scholars, though using the same material, have come to opposite conclusions, seems to indicate that our present information is too scanty to allow of a final conclusion and that only a new point of view may bring some light 3. 114 Having found an argument in favour of the priority of Minucius which has made some impression upon me I submit the following results of my investigation to the criticism of scholars: 1) in my opinion some passages of the Octavius show that its author knew a Jewish apology, large parts of which are preserved in the so-called pseudo- Clem en tina; 2) when used as a tertium comparationis this Jewish book may reveal
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1949
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