Thursday, November 20, 2014

83. the gospel of Marcion had Matthew 19:16 - 19

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul (anima), and with all thy strength " (Anti-Mar., iv. 25). Tertullian pronounced Marcion's text as “heretical” and “mutilated.” If Tertullian would have checked, he would have found Marcion's verses in Matthew (19:16-19)! By accepting the texts of Matthew without any alteration, there is now no need to view Marcion's Gospel as an extravagant mutilation of Luke. Among the earliest churches, Matthew's was held to be the earliest Gospel.[Ray Embry, the Enigma p. 103]

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