19. Marcion

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Heikki Räisänen

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch19

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Räisänen, H. (2011) Marcion, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch19

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Helsinki, Finland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • readers of Paul - and Marcion;
  • Marcion of Sinope, a Greek port on the Black Sea - information about his life, being sparse;
  • Marcion's literary work, though only at second hand - hostile sources, no genuine fragments of Marcion's writings surviving;
  • Marcion, legitimating his attack on Scripture - by a forceful appeal to Paul's letters;
  • two foci of Marcion's work, then, being criticism - of Scripture and interpretation of Paul's letters;
  • outline of Marcion's thought world - neither a philosopher nor a systematic theologian, an expositor of texts;
  • Marcion pointing out one contrast after another - between the two Gods, Creator being “a judge, fierce and warlike”;
  • Marcion, discovered in Paul's letters two crucial contrasts - a church, political or “pragmatic” antithesis;
  • nature of biblical law in the famous chapter Romans 7 - Paul, introducing “I” who is “sold into slavery under sin”;
  • Marcion's treatment of the Text of Paul's Letters - Marcion, as being thought to have omitted from the texts of Paul (and Luke), much that did not suit his views


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An Outline of Marcion's Thought World

  • Marcion and Paul

  • Marcion's Treatment of the Text of Paul's Letters

  • Some Effects

  • Conclusion

  • References