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Marcion Of Sinope
Wrote The First Canon Of The New Testament
Hippolytus records that Marcion was the son of the bishop of
Sinope, in Pontus. His near-contemporaries Rhodo and Tertullian
described him as a wealthy ship owner and he is said to have
made a donation of 200,000 sesterces to the church. Marcion
probably was consecrated a bishop, likely an assistant or
suffragan of his father at Sinope
Marcion of Sinope was a bishop in early Christianity. His theology,
which rejected the deity described in the Holy Scriptures (The Old
Testament) as inferior or subjugated to the god proclaimed in the
Christian gospel, was denounced by the Church Fathers and he
was excommunicated. He is often considered to have held a pivotal
role in the development of the New Testament canon.
Conflicts with the bishops of Rome arose and he was eventually excommunicated by the Church of
Rome, his donation being returned to him. After his excommunication, he returned to Asia Minor
where he continued to lead his many church congregations and teach the Christian gospel in its
Marcion wrote a work that he entitled Antithesis. This was essentially a list of irreconcilable
differences that Marcion saw between the two Testaments. Harnack says that even if the
opponents of Marcion had captured every word of Marcion in some form there would still be no
way to restore Antithesis because no one knows how the work was arranged. The other work that
Marcion accomplished, and possibly the one he is most noted for, is the formation of the first
This canon was made up of two parts, one named the Euaggelion and the other named
Apostolikon. The Apostolikon is essentially edited versions of ten of Paul’s letters. Irenaeus said
Marcion had, “mutilated the Epistles of the Apostle Paul.” Missing from the Apostolikon was Paul’s
three Pastoral Epistles. Marcion did not accept these. The other part of Marcion’s canon is the
This was Marcion’s gospel, although Tertullian did not believe it was an original work of Marcion,
only an edited version on an existing gospel. This gospel that Marcion edited was the Gospel of
Luke. In this revised edition of Luke, Marcion does not begin the story of Jesus in Bethlehem but
in the sanctuary in Capernium. In Marcion’s gospel, Jesus suddenly appears at around the age of
12 or 13 when he astounds the teachers at the temple.
These two writings are important in studying Marcion even if they do not exist by
themselves. This is because they reveal the most about what he believed. His Antithesis
essentially outlines his doctrine and theology. His canon discloses his feelings toward the
When Marcion was in Rome, he heard the parable of the new wine and the wineskins taught by
the priests. He believed it was a parable that taught the worthlessness of the Old Testament
and its God and the value of the New Testament and its god. This was the beginning of the
church excommunicating him. It was from here that Marcion’s heresy began. Three of Marcion’s
major doctrinal differences with Christianity is his belief in Dualism, Doceticism and his
exaggerated Paulinism. Dualism is a belief that there are two equal forces in this world: good
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Marcion saw this tension between the Old Testament and the New Testament. It seemed to
Marcion that the Old Testament’s God was a vengeful, jealous God who would tell His people to
destroy an entire race, demanded a bloody sacrificial system and severely punished those who
were disobedient to Him.
The New Testament God, on the other hand, was about grace, love and forgiveness. Because
of this seemingly striking difference Marcion concluded that there were two Gods. One God was
an inferior God, called a Demiurge. This was the Old Testament God who created this world but
could not control man’s desire to sin. This God allowed evil to reign. This God was in fact an
inferior God in Marcion’s eyes
The other god was the Supreme god. This god brought Christ to man. This was a god who
taught to “love your neighbor” rather than “an eye for an eye.” In Marcion’s eyes, this god was
the only one that could be god. As stated earlier, this dualism affected the shape of Marcion’s
canon. The main emphasis of his canon was twofold. First, it completely did away with the
Old Testament. Second it emphasized Paul.
Because of his dualistic theology many have thought Marcion to be a Gnostic. However there
are at least three differences that Marcion had with Gnostics.
First, Marcion did not teach of a “secret knowledge” as the Gnostics did. In fact, Marcion taught
straight from Scripture. Unfortunately, the Scripture he taught was his own edited canon.
Second, Marcion did not dabble in “the speculative interest that is characteristic of Gnostic
systems [such as] Numerology and astrology.” The final difference that truly set Marcion apart
from Gnosticism was that he founded a church. The offices within the church organization were
similar to that of the church in his day. When people came into his church, they could not tell
the difference between the true church and this heretical church.
Finally, “A Marcionite innovation was the permission given to women to hold office in a church.”
Each of these areas sheds a little light into Marcion’s theology.
In addition to Dualism, Marcion believed in Doceticism. This is the view that Jesus was not man
but just appeared to be. Marcion explained this theory by saying that Jesus’ body was like the
bodies of the angels that ate with Abraham. This type of explaination is necessary because
when one believes in Dualism, then one needs to explain Jesus’ humanity. Marcion could not
believe that the Supreme god would defile himself as man in the flesh and so he
explained away the virgin birth of Jesus and said Jesus only seemed to suffer on the cross.
Finally, Marcion is explained as having exaggerated Paulinism. This meant that he believed
that Paul was the only person who truly understood Jesus and the other twelve apostles were
Judiaizers attempting to destroy the church. But as Marcion read Paul, he would edit the
sections he felt were influenced by Judiaism and therefore had an inaccurate understanding
of Paul. These three, Dualism, Doceticism and Exaggerated Paulinism, were the main
emphasis of his theology.
Lasting Consequences of Marcion
Marcion’s atrocious handling of the Old Testament “impelled Christians to study the
relationship between the Old and the New Testament” The patristics were forced to find the
connection between the Old and New Testaments to refute Marcion. The church would do
well to do the same today. Finally, Marcion’s folly has taught theologians how not to study
the Old Testament. Marcion greatly influenced his world and those influences still have an
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