Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Sebastian Moll - Marcion's Christ

“If Christ was not the one sent by the God of Israel, why did he come to exactly this people and to this sacred land, and did not go to other people or other kingdoms?” This question, posed in the 3rd century work “Carmen adversus Marcionitas”, is without a doubt legitimate. The answer comes to light once we rid ourselves of the idea – established by the Harnack legacy - that Marcion’s good God is completely unrelated to the Old Testament, for nothing would be farer from the truth.

In this presentation – in the context of the Marcion workshop – I intend to demonstrate that Marcion imagined ‘his’ Christ above all as a warrior engaged in an adamant battle with the Old Testament God.

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