On the Flesh of Christ
On the Flesh of Christ. 1
This was written by our author in confutation of certain heretics who denied the reality of Christ's flesh, or at least its identity with human flesh--fearing that, if they admitted the reality of Christ's flesh, they must also admit his resurrection in the flesh; and, consequently, the resurrection of the human body after death.
[Translated by Dr. Holmes.]
In his work On the Resurrection of the Flesh (chap. ii.), Tertullian refers to this tract, and calls it "De Carne Domini adversus quatuor haereses": the four heresies being those of Marcion, Apelles, Basilides, and Valentinus. Pamelius, indeed, designates the tract by this fuller title instead of the usual one, "De Carne Christi." [This tract contains references to works written while our author was Montanistic, but it contains no positive Montanism. It should not be dated earlier than a.d. 207.] ↩