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Von Harnack, Marcion en die Ou Testament

J H le Roux
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 24, No 1 | a317 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v24i1.317 | © 2003 J H le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2003 | Published: 15 October 2003

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J H le Roux, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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This article focusses on Adolf Von Harnack’s profound study of Marcion, a theologian of the second century. He was amongst other things fascinated by Marcion’s view of the Old Testament.  Marcion rejected  the  Old Testament because it depicted the creator-god as a mean figure who humiliated human beings. Jesus was in no way related to  this  god. He  came from the good God who is described in the New Testament. Marcion compiled his own Bible which had no Old Testa-ment and only a few books from the New Testament which he  purged from all Jewish or Old Testament influence. According to Marcion the newness of the Christ event made the Old Testament superflous. 


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