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Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity

Ed. by Brennecke, Hanns Christof / Drecoll, Volker Henning / Heil, Uta / Markschies, Christoph

Together with Elm, Susanna / Gemeinhardt, Peter / Meier, Mischa / Perrone, Lorenzo / Pollmann, Karla / Riedweg, Christoph / Schöllgen, Georg / Williams, Rowan / Wischmeyer, Wolfgang

CiteScore 2018: 0.21

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.130
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.563

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Volume 21, Issue 1


Marcion’s Gospel and the History of Early Christianity: The Devil is in the (Reconstructed) Details

Dieter T. Roth
Published Online: 2017-05-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zac-2017-0002


The significance of Marcion’s Gospel in understanding the history of early Christianity has often been noted; however, a major challenge in research on Marcion’s Gospel as it relates to numerous issues (e. g., the gospel genre itself, the textual history of Luke, the relationship between Marcion’s Gospel and Luke, the Synoptic Problem, etc.) is that since no copies of Marcion’s Gospel are extant, the text must be reconstructed. This article offers a critical appraisal of specific issues related to the reconstruction of Marcion’s Gospel in recent scholarship on Marcion and his texts by Jason BeDuhn, Markus Vinzent, Matthias Klinghardt, and Judith Lieu. Particular attention is given to the variety of challenges confronting the academic study of this text, the manner in which potentially problematic reconstructions contribute to the place one ascribes to Marcion’s Gospel in the history of early Christianity, and the variety of points that must be discussed and debated further in order to advance research on Marcion’s Gospel. Only then is it possible to gain a better understanding of the Gospels, including Marcion’s Gospel, in the second century and in the history of early Christianity.

Keywords: Marcion’s Gospel; Jason BeDuhn; Markus Vinzent; Matthias Klinghardt; Judith Lieu

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Published Online: 2017-05-25

Published in Print: 2017-06-27

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity, Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 25–40, ISSN (Online) 1612-961X, ISSN (Print) 0949-9571, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zac-2017-0002.

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