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Marcion and the Making of a Heretic
God and Scripture in the Second Century

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  • Date Published: October 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108434041

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  • A comprehensive and authoritative account of the 'heretic' Marcion, this volume traces the development of the concept and language of heresy in the setting of an exploration of second-century Christian intellectual debate. Judith M. Lieu analyses accounts of Marcion by the major early Christian polemicists who shaped the idea of heresy, including Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Epiphanius of Salamis, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Ephraem Syrus. She examines Marcion's 'Gospel', 'Apostolikon', and 'Antitheses' in detail and compares his principles with those of contemporary Christian and non-Christian thinkers, covering a wide range of controversial issues: the nature of God, the relation of the divine to creation, the person of Jesus, the interpretation of Scripture, the nature of salvation, and the appropriate lifestyle of adherents. In this innovative study, Marcion emerges as a distinctive, creative figure who addressed widespread concerns within second-century Christian diversity.

    • The first major study of Marcion in English based on all the primary sources in Greek, Latin, and Syriac
    • Combines rigorous historical analysis with sensitivity to rhetoric and the challenges of constructing the past
    • Offers a lens for the study of heresy and of controversial issues in second-century Christianity
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108434041
    • length: 518 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.756kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Polemical Making of Marcion the Heretic:
    2. The beginnings of the construction of a heretic: Justin Martyr
    3. Irenaeus and the shaping of a heretic
    4. Marcion through Tertullian's eyes
    5. The heresiological tradition
    6. Theology and exegesis against Marcion
    7. Marcion in Syriac dress
    Part II. Marcion through his Scriptures:
    8. Marcion as editor and interpreter I: Marcion's Gospel
    9. Marcion as editor and interpreter II: Marcion's Apostolikon
    10. Marcion's other writings
    Part III. The Second-Century Shaping of Marcion:
    11. Marcion in his second-century context
    12. Principles of Marcion's thought and their context I: God
    13. Principles of Marcion's thought II: the Gospel
    14. Principles of Marcion's thought III: life and practice
    15. Principles of Marcion's thought IV: the contradictions of the Gospel
    16. Afterword: Marcion and the making of a heretic.

  • Author

    Judith M. Lieu, University of Cambridge
    Judith M. Lieu is Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. She has written numerous books, including I, II, and III John: A Commentary (2008), Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World (2004), and Neither Jew nor Greek: Constructing Early Christianity (2002).

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