What is Tertullian saying?

In my Latin course this morning, there was some discussion over what Tertullian means here in the Apologeticum (XXXIX.2):

Coimus in coetum et congregationem facimus, ut ad Deum quasi manu facta precationibus ambiamus. Haec vis Deo grata est.

Which I took to mean, “We unite in assembly and we surround God with our prayers just as a band of soldiers (manu facta). This violence is pleasing to God.” In other words – the only ‘violence’ done by the Christians is surrounding God with prayers. Am I completely off-base or is this how you would read it?

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One response to “What is Tertullian saying?

  1. Makes good sense of the Latin.

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