Marcion and Luke-Acts: A Defining Struggle

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2006 - Religion - 192 pages
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Building on recent scholarship that argues for a second-century date for the book of Acts, Marcion and Luke-Acts explores the probable context for the authorship not only of Acts but also of the canonical Gospel of Luke. Tyson proposes that both Acts and the final version of Luke were published at the time when Marcion of Pontus was beginning to proclaim his version of the Christian gospel, in the years 120-125 C.E. He suggests that although the author was subject to various influences, a prominent motivation was the need to provide the church with writings that would serve in its fight against Marcionite Christianity. Tyson positions the controversy with Marcion as a defining struggle over the very meaning of the Christian message and the author of Luke-Acts as a major participant in that contest. Tyson concludes that the author of Acts made use of an earlier version of the Gospel of Luke and produced canonical Luke by adding, among other things, birth accounts and postresurrection narratives of Jesus.

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The Date of Acts
The Challenge ofMarcion andMarcionite Christianity
CHAPTER y A Context for the Composition of Acts
The Composition of Canonical Luke

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Joseph B. Tyson is professor emeritus of religious studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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