Discussion about the New Testament, apocrypha, gnostics, church fathers, Christian origins, historical Jesus or otherwise, etc.
- Posts: 4998
- Joined: Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:37 am
- Location: Italy
https://sites.google.com/site/mattsopus ... scriptures
In his recent book Disarming Scripture
, Derek Flood claims that the issue of divine violence – violence either perpetrated or commanded by God – was at the core of Marcion’s agenda and formed the basis of his rejection of the OT. He further claims that other church leaders shared Marcion’s concern but resolved it by interpreting the imputation of violence to God allegorically. Motivated by Flood’s comments, this essay seeks to clarify the role played by OT attribution of violence to God in the conflict between Marcion and his detractors.
I think it is likely that Marcion was concerned about the attribution of violence to God in the OT and that concern was a significant reason for his rejection of the OT.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.