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Luke 9:57–62: Ὁδός to Marcion’s God?

Authors
  • Walters, Patricia
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Nov 27, 2023
Volume
27
Issue
3
Pages
371–390
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/zac-2023-0023
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
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Abstract

The first few centuries of the Common Era saw great theological fluidity in emerging Christian doctrine. A figure looming large in many early controversies is Marcion of Pontus. Not considered truly gnostic by modern scholars, Marcion fueled the ire of early Church Fathers—Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, and others—by spreading his apparently biblically-based, ditheistic theology of a superior Unknown Good God and an inferior Just Creator God. Additionally, Marcion’s gospel, generally considered a version of canonical Luke, witnesses the three Jesus sayings in Luke 9:57–62 (cf. Tertullian, Adversus Marcionem 4,23,9–11; Clement of Alexandria, Stromata 3,4,25). This article examines these sayings—in light of both ancient and modern commentary—as representing a collective theological way or ὁδός to ideate Marcion’s Unknown Good God. Today Marcion’s voice is faint, but in ancient Christianity it was exceedingly strong. This article attempts to find a hint of its former strength.

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