Thursday, November 20, 2014

32. 'Marcion cut Matthew 15:24'

Tertullian's second objection (after Mt 5:17) is that Marcion removed the following from the Gospel: I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). This passage too is only in Matthew, and nowhere in St Luke. This could suggest that both of Tertullian's objections are about Marcion's Gospel in general, Tertullian evidently assuming Marcion had no reason for accepting one Gospel in preference to another; but in that case he was producing no specific evidence against his adversary. It is possible that Tertullian's Gospel text was not accurate and contained a mixture of readings from several Gospels. [Richard Simon Critical History of the New Testament p. 24 - 25] 
Detrahe voces Christi mei : res loquentur. Ecce venit in synagogam, certe ad oves perditas Israelis. Ibid, p. 408. 7. This text also is not in Luke, but in Matt xv. 24. [Lardner p. 434] 
Marcion removed thefollowing from the Gospel: I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). [Richard Simon Critical History of the Bible p. 434]

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