Recommended: Marcion and the Making of a Heretic

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Denise | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, May 18 2020 7:06 AM 

Quite a hefty tome, and written by Judith Lieu (Cambridge). Logos has several of her volumes: 

She tends to concentrate in the 2nd century, and the church's development.

This book is recent (2015) .... I don't know how I missed it. Maybe the price came down.

Marcion is sort of an oddity. First, he was a PK (technically BK) ... he began on the inside. Second, he didn't propose to have spectacular authority (the Spirit, a bishop, prophesy). Basically, his arguments were his 'success' and indeed, he became a major player. So, much so, that his writings are preserved by his critics ... and surprisingly quite a few. 

But the other curiousity, is that the early 'fathers' made their apologetic arguments using the OT ... not Jesus (a little Paul thrown in). And this, after Jerusalem/Israel had been destroyed by the most hated of enemies. 

Marcion reversed course, denying the OT/YHWH and re-building on Paul, complete with an authorized canon. And a sizable portion of the church agreed.

So.  An excellent (and affordable) book on this whole 2nd century shift.  Recommended.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 18 2020 8:28 AM

You piqued my interest Denise. I'd love to see this in Logos.

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