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The present realization of eschatological salvation in the thought of marcion of sinope

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In view of the importance of Syrian Christianity for the substructure of Marcion's thought, together with the more apparent influences of Paul and Gnosticism, it would be very appropriate to ask how (if at all) Marcion of Sinope related the present and future aspect of eschatological salvation. The point of departure for Marcion's soteriology was the distinction between the cruelly just creator God of the Old Testament and the God of grace and love revealed for the first time and in a totally unexpected manner through Jesus Christ. The primary objective of redemption in the soteriology of Marcion, therefore, was the liberation of man from the regnum creatoris. The historical and genetic link between Marcion and early Syrian Christianity is not only to be found through the common influence of Jewish Christianity, but specifically through the personal influence of Cerdo the Syrian Gnostic.

Keywords: early Syrian Christianity; eschatological salvation; Jesus Christ; Jewish Christianity; Marcion of Sinope



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