*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Marcion was critical in the emergence of the Catholic Church. Harnack presents Marcion’s historical significance. Adolf Harnack () was a German theologian, scholar and historian. on Marcion called Marcion, das Evangelium vom fremden Gott (Marcion and the . The outlines of Harnack’s landmark monograph on Marcion are well known from summaries and discussions of it as well as through the German original. But it is.

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One thing, however, they could not learn from him, and that was how to make Christianity into a philosophic system. So taken by these presuppositions that he The Jesus Seminar folks fascinate me. Sep 23, Jacob O’connor rated it liked it. His Gospel had also been misunderstood nay, his Epistles had been falsified in many passages, 34 in order to make them teach the identity of the god of creation and the God of redemption.

April 6, at The community of exegetes decline his paradigm because it leaves more texts outstanding as “anomalous data” than the paradigm it sought to replace. Because he rejected the allegoric interpretation of the Old Testament, and explained its predictions as referring to a Messiah of the Jews who was yet to come, he seemed to be a Jew Tertull.

And this is due to the fact that Roman orthodoxy prevailed in the great contest of rival Christianities in the early centuries. As the Pauline Epistles and an authentic “evangelion of the Lord” were in existence, it was only necessary to purify these from interpolations, and restore the genuine Paulinism which was just the Gospel itself.

The idea that the Marcionite version of the epistles of Paul pre-dated the conventional version did not fit in well with Harnack’s view of history; he was firmly convinced that the epistles of Polycarp and Ignatius were genuine, and thus believed that Catholic copies of the epistles of Paul pre-dated Marcion.

It will always be the glory of Marcion in the early history of the Church that he, the born heathen, could appreciate the religious criticism of the Old Testament religion as formerly exercised by Paul. Views Read Edit View history.

No trivia or quizzes yet. As regards the prophets, it was the outer sacrificial worship, and the deliverance was the idea of Jehovah’s righteousness. The consciousness of this moved him to a historical criticism of the whole Christian tradition.


Marcion defined his position in theory and practice towards the prevailing form of Christianity, which, on the one hand, showed throughout its connection with the Old Testament, and, on the other, left room for a secular ethical code, by assuming that it had been corrupted by Judaism, and therefore needed a reformation.

It is to be hoped that this fresh look thus provided may bring some of Harnack’s neglected arguments and insights back into the contemporary discussion where mrcion belong. Andrews is director of the Meeter Center at Calvin College. Consequently, Marcion gives important testimony against the historical reliability of the notion that the common Christianity was really based on the tradition of the twelve Apostles.

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Dave Fernandes marked it as to-read Apr 29, Joshua marked it as to-read Apr 21, Perhaps we might be excused for saying that, even in Harnak misunderstood Marcion at this or that point, no one in the history of scholarship has understood Marcion as empathetically as Harnack.

Such a Church the Apostle Paul had in his mind’s eye, but he was not able to realize it. The numerous contradictions which arise as soon as one attempts to reduce Marcion’s propositions to a system, and the fact that his disciples tried all possible conceptions of the doctrine of principles, and defined the relation of the two Gods very differently, are the clearest proof that Marcion was a religious character, that he had in general nothing to do with principles, but with living beings whose power he felt, and that what he ultimately saw in the Gospel was not an explanation of the world, but redemption from the world, 10 –redemption from a world, which even in the best that it can offer, has nothing that can reach the height of the blessing bestowed in Christ.

Hoffmann is clear on this point as well. In Marcion’s estimation, the Jewish Scriptures are true enough in the Jewish frame of reference, a book antithetical to Christianity as he understood it we still have many of the same difficulties and in no way to be Christianized by the hermeneutical ventriloquism of allegory and typology.

Finally, the theories of Gnosticism, the paradoxes of Paul, the recognition of the duty of strictly mortifying the flesh, suggested to Marcion the idea that the good God was the exalted God of the spirit, and the just god the god of the sensuous, of the flesh.


Karl marked it as to-read Sep 14, But in doing so they were unconsciously serving his purpose, for his death was the price by which the God of love purchased men from the creator of the world.

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Aeslin Bard marked it as to-read Aug 09, Here we have the means of accurately indicating what part of this structure of the second century has come down from the Apostolic age and is really based on tradition, and what does not. But the distinction found here is not the decisive one. The Gospel of the Alien God as a translator.

I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Lists with This Book.

Adolf Harnack. Marcion: Das Evangelium vom fremden Gott

The church responded, and it helped to clarify what the actual New Testament was. James is currently reading it Jun 10, It is disturbing to ask oneself whether some things look natural simply because we are used to them, others implausible because they are alien to us.

Finally, because he gained so many adherents, and actually founded a church, he appeared to be the ravening wolf Justin, Rhodonand his church as hagnack spurious church.

The late 2nd-century writer Tertullian stated that Marcion, “expunged [from the Gospel of Luke] all the things that oppose his view Secondly, he was influenced by the contrast in which he saw the ethical powers involved. Not only narcion he himself expressly declare that the creator of the world is a self-contradictory being of limited knowledge and power, but the whole doctrine of redemption shows that he is a power subordinate to the good God.

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Finally, his attempt confirms the experience that a religious community can narnack be founded by a religious spirit who expects nothing from the world. He was absolutely unknown before Christ, 18 and men were in every respect strange to him. T he outlines of Harnack’s landmark monograph on Marcion are well known from summaries and discussions of it as well as through the German original.