(c. 3rd century)
   Early Church Father. Tertullian was the author of the first anti-Jewish polemic in Latin, Adversus Judaeos, dated around 200. Like many theologians after him, he maintained that the one true issue was whether the Messiah had already come, and whether he was Jesus. The Jews’ refusal to accept this meant that they were rejected as the Chosen People of God, and their law superseded. Tertullian was the originator of the idea that the separation of Judaism and Christianity had taken place in the days of Cain and Abel. Cain, the older brother, was rejected by God and thus slew Abel, the younger brother, that is, Jesus. This was the beginning of the reinterpretation of the biblical history of the Jews from a Christian angle.

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