Monday, 27 February 2012

Marcion revived? Markus Vinzent and Christ's Resurrection in Early Christianity ... Review in Theology (Vol 115 No.2)

In late 2010 I attended the Patristics Seminar in Cambridge when Markus Vincent, Professor of the History of Theology from Kings College, delivered a paper entitled Christ's Resurrection in Early Christianity and the Making of the New Testament. Since then his book with the same title was published. I just did a review of it for Theology journal, edited by Dr Stephen J. Plant here in Cambridge. Copyright applies for twelve months, so get the journal, or go to your nearest university if you would like to read my review. It is in Volume 115, No 2 on pages 123-124.
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In my short report after Vincent's paper I summarised his main thesis like this: In short, if I understood Vinzent correctly, he wants to argue that belief in the resurrection of Jesus was of no significance after Paul died, until the likes of Irenaeus and Tertullian challenged Marcion's interpretation of the resurrection. Marcion is key to understanding the early church. The so-called orthodox faith in the resurrection of Jesus was a later heretical reaction against Marcion - particularly the empty tomb narratives in Matthew, Mark and John. Apparently, the incarnation and death of Jesus was significant in the early phases of the Church, but not the resurrection of Jesus.

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