*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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Secondly, he was influenced by the contrast in which he saw the ethical powers involved.

He appeared already to Justin as the most wicked enemy. The Jesus Seminar folks fascinate me. Online resources by Harnack: So far as he himself ventured on such a speculation he seems to have been influenced by the Syrian Cerdo. Marcion did not accept it in principle, 14 but touched it lightly and adopted certain inferences.

Adolf Von Harnack: Marcion

Marcion, an extract from the History of Dogma Part 1 Part 2 The English translation of Marcion and the Gospel of the Alien God is still under copyright, however the German text which includes Harnack’s reconstruction of the Marcionite Bible has risen harnaci the public domain, and is avalible at Archive.

As regards the prophets, it was the outer sacrificial worship, and the deliverance was the idea of Jehovah’s righteousness. This inference may certainly be drawn with little trouble, as the result of various considerations, but it is forbidden by reliable testimony.

Jerome, Commentary on Galatians: 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. Then the analogy between Paul’s uneasy reception by the Jerusalem Pillars and subsequent bitterness toward them, and Marcion’s less-than-successful bid for recognition at Rome might seem no mere analogy.

Perhaps it is the roots only of these Gnostic reinterpretations of established mythemes that we ought to be tracing, not the whole mythos.


His acute sorting out of the similarities and differences between Marcionism and Gnosticism show that Marcion was by no means a Gnostic, nor even an heir of Gnosticism. But it is an event worthy of note for the work to appear in English, where the complexities and nuances of Harnck presentation are now opened up to a wider readership.

Harnack on Marcion

The law which rules nature and man appeared to him to accord with the characteristics of this god and the kind of law revealed by him, and therefore it seemed credible to him that this god is the creator and lord of the world kosmokratos. Marcion felt himself entrusted with this commission, and the church which he gathered recognized this vocation of his to be the reformer.

Harnack traced the influence of Hellenistic philosophy on early Christian writing and called on Christians to question the authenticity of doctrines that arose in the early Christian church.

And, come to think of it, that strange business about the Law being the gift of the angels rather than the true deity would take on new meaning. Church Fathers wrote, and the majority of modern scholars agree, [2] [3] that Marcion edited Luke harback fit his own theologyMarcionism.

Review – Adolf von Harnack, Marcion: The Gospel of the Alien God reviewed by Robert M. Price

Finally, his attempt confirms the experience that a religious community can only be founded by a religious mrcion who expects nothing from the world.

For this reason his reconstruction of the Marcionite bible was partly based on the view that Marcion removed from the documents many statements matcion contradicted Marcionite beliefs. The Man and His Faith. The theoretic contradictions are explained by the different interests which here cross each other in Marcion. In this jarnack, Marcion saw the attribution of this gospel to Luke the Evangelist as a fabrication, so he began what he saw as a restoration of the original gospel as given to Paul.

Jennifer Chou marked it as to-read Dec 14, Yet he assumed with Paul that violent attacks were yet in store for the Church of the good God on the part of the Jewish Christ of the future, the Antichrist.


But the strict asceticism which Marciln demanded as a Christian, could have had no motive, without the Greek assumption of a metaphysical contrast of flesh and Spirit, which in fact was also apparently the doctrine of Paul. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Fields is theological librarian and curator of the Meeter Center at Calvin College.

Harnack notes the similarity between Marcion’s repudiation of the writing Prophets and the neglect of the same figures in the Qur’an on this see also Tor Andrae’s Muahammad: Greg rated it really liked it Jul 14, A new reformation was therefore necessary. He does not amrcion to have taught a visible return of Christ, but, in spite of the omnipotence and goodness of God, he did teach a twofold issue of history. Even at that time, as attested by the enterprise of Marcion, its results, and the character of the polemic against him, there were besides the Pauline Epistles, no reliable documents from which the teaching of the twelve Apostles could have been gathered.

For the bold Anti-judaist was the disciple of a Jewish thinker, Paul, and the origin of Marcion’s antinomianism may be ultimately found in the prophets.

The thing to do was to eject them harnxck the stadium before the game could begin. Some see the work of Harnack as a reaction to this development; Harnack embraced the historical-critical method for interpreting the bible, and was very willing to challenge the authenticity of some biblical texts, whilst at the same time he defended key aspects of the traditional interpretation of Christian history, for example by arguing the the book of Acts was composed at an early date.