Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12. Tertullian 'knew as a fact' that Marcion was familiar with all four gospels

Look merely at one passage: 'Marcion Lucam videtur elegisse quem caederet' (' Marcion seems to have chosen Luke as the one he would cut'). From this, and from the whole method of proof in this chapter, it appears plainly that Marcion knew our four gospels ('apostolorurn' and 'apostolicorum' of apostles and apostles's followers). So the matter may rest in Weizsacker' decision: ' Tertullian did not merely guess that Marcion knew and put aside the other gospels; he knew it as a fact.[C.E. Luthardt John p. 108]

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