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*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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Marcion: The Gospel of the Alien God

Wesley Hill rated it liked it Oct 23, Before him there was no such thing in the sense of a community, firmly united by a fixed conviction, harmoniously organized, and spread over the whole world. We know of no Christian community in the second century which insisted so strictly on renunciation of the world as the Marcionites.

As regards the prophets, it was the outer sacrificial worship, and the deliverance was the idea of Jehovah’s righteousness. The relation in which Marcion placed the two Gods, appears at first sight to be one of equal rank.

Adolf Harnack. Marcion: Das Evangelium vom fremden Gott

But he found in marciin Pauline Epistles hints which explained to him this result of his observations. But would his undertaking have been at all possible, if at that time a reliable tradition of the twelve Apostles and their teaching had existed and been operative in wide circles? All anti-heretical writings of the early Church, but especially Justin, Apol.

So taken by these presuppositions that he The Jesus Seminar folks fascinate me. Steely and Lyle D. Just a moment while we jarcion you in to your Goodreads account.

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.

This book was pretty dense but a lot of fun to read. The situation of Christendom in the middle of the second century was not really more favorable to a historical knowledge of early Christianity, than that of the 18th century, but in many respects more unfavorable.

Nuh marked it as to-read Nov 16, Just finished this one. It is disturbing to ask oneself whether some harnxck look natural simply because we are used to them, others implausible because they are alien to us. The sternest precepts were laid down in the matter of food and drink. When we harnck playing the role of ecumenists we tend to minimize or eliminate any differences, while as theologians we are quick to accentuate or create them, stoutly maintaining that Christian theology defines God “from below” through the Christian encounter with Jesus Christ.


Marcion, in all probability, was the first to conceive and, in great measure, to realize the idea of placing Christendom on the firm foundation of a definite theory of what is Christian- but not of basing it on a theological doctrine-and of establishing this theory by a fixed collection of Christian writings with canonical authority.

Joshua marked it as to-read Apr 21, In this understanding, Marcion saw the attribution of this gospel to Luke the Evangelist as a fabrication, so hanrack began what he saw as a restoration of the original gospel as given to Paul.

The Gospel of the Alien God has been translated into English but with the omission of the valuable appendices containing the notes regarding the text of Marcion.

Marcion: The Gospel of the Alien God by Adolf von Harnack

As the law which governs the world is inflexible, and yet, on the other hand, full of contradictions, just and again brutal, and as the law of the Old Testament exhibits the same features, so the god of creation was to Marcion a being who united in himself the whole gradations of attributes from justice to malevolence, from obstinacy to inconsistency. The Gospel of the Alien God harrnack a translator.

And this is due to the fact that Roman orthodoxy prevailed in the great contest of rival Christianities in the early centuries. Hoffmann has shown how unjust it is to count Marcion as an anti-Semite.

The innovations of Marcion are unmistakable. University of South Carolina Press. More recent scholarship generally disagrees with Von Harnack’s opinion here about the Gnostic nature of Marcion. Just now scholars are rethinking their theories on the origins of Gnosticism, whether it evolved from within Judaism or from Christianity, how much Platonic or Iranian influence there might have been.

I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. His work challenged many traditional Christian views, for example he argued that the Gospel of John contained no authentic information about the life of the historical Jesus. But if we look more closely we shall see that in Marcion’s mind there can be no thought of equality.

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Lists with This Book. But in hadnack case the god of creation also disappeared, and the harnaxk that Marcion could make this sacrifice proves that this religious spirit, with all his energy, was not able to rise to the height of the religious faith which we find in the preaching of Jesus. The departure for the Apostolic Council: We need not stop to enquire about the details, but it is certain that the creator of the world formerly knew nothing of the existence of the good God, that he is in the end completely powerless against him, that harnadk is overcome by marcio, and that history in its issue with regard to man, matcion determined solely by its relation to the good God.

Online resources by Harnack: Marcion was the first, and for a long time the only Gentile Christian who took his stand on Paul. The church responded, and it helped to clarify what the actual New Testament was.

Should Jews take exception to such a posture? James is currently reading it Jun 10, Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Harnack’s presentation of Marcion’s case was his seconding of his ancient counterpart’s motion that Christians cut loose the Jewish Scriptures as a non-Christian book. He appeared already to Justin as the most wicked enemy. Marcion proves this sentiment is as old as the Gospels themselves.

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Epiphanius [ PanarionBook I, part 42, verse An Essay in the Early History of the Canon. In some ways von Harnack was a critic of Christian traditions; he argued that all aspects of Christian history should be subjected to academic scrutiny.

While it remains a minority hypothesis, Biblical scholars as varied as Johann Salomo Semler[6] Johann Gottfried Eichhorn[7] Albrecht Ritschl[8] John Knox not to be confused[9] [10] and Joseph B Tyson [11] have posited that the Gospel of Luke was a later redaction of the Gospel of Marcion, rather than the other way around.