In this regard, most recently, Matthias Klinghardt of Dresden University has presented astounding evidence that the Marcionite text of the Gospel of Luke more than likely preceded the canonical Gospel of Luke. It would then follow that the composers of the canonical Gospel of Luke more than likely edited Marcion's Gospel. Indeed Klinghardt asserts that the Gospel Marcion had in hand influenced the formation of both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. (Klinghardt 2010, 1–27) Without knowing of Klinghardt's work, David Williams's analysis of quotes of Marcion's adversaries show that Marcion did not throw out other Gospels as Tertullian and others said, but actually utilized sections from what we now know as the Gospel of Matthew and Mark (Williams q989, 431). Hahneman agrees. He states that Marcion probably did not reject other gospel traditions, but he adds that Marcion simply did not know other versions. He states that written Gospels, as we quoted above, must have circulated individually in isolation from one another, with only one Gospel being valued and used in any one community (Hahneman 1992, 95). Klinghardt argues that Marcion did know Mark and did utilize Mark, but that texts of Matthew were found in the Gospel Marcion had in hand, not in another existing Gospel (Klinghardt 2010, 11–27)". [Richard Cragun Christianity p. 159]
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