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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol III:
Tertullian: Part III: Of Women's Dress.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter XX.—Of Women’s Dress.

So far, however, as regards the dress of women, the variety of observance compels us—men of no consideration whatever—to treat, presumptuously indeed, after the most holy apostle, 8871 except in so far as it will not be presumptuously if we treat the subject in accordance with the apostle. Touching modesty of dress and ornamentation, indeed, the prescription of Peter 8872 likewise is plain, checking as he does with the same mouth, because with the same Spirit, as Paul, the glory of garments, and the pride of gold, and the meretricious elaboration of the hair.


Footnotes

687:8871

See 1 Cor. 11:1, 1 Tim. 2:9, 10.

687:8872

1 Pet. iii. 1-6.


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