What Did Marcion Believe? [video bibliography]

Researching for my Marcion video was actually pretty tough. Not because of the scarcity of sources, but because of the huge glut of scholarship on the topic. Marcion is pretty popular among scholars, and I needed to distill all of their research into a 10 minute video.

Coincidentally, I had just read a recent monograph on the topic: Dieter Roth’s The Text of Marcion’s Gospel. Roth’s book is so interesting because he tries to reconstruct Marcion’s version of the Gospel of Luke. If you remember from the video, Marcion is famous for “corrupting” the Gospel of Luke (or some other text that his detractors called a corruption of Luke). By mining the writings of authors like Epiphanius and Tertullian, Roth offers a plausible reconstruction of that Gospel. The book is quite technical and really requires an understanding of Latin and Greek, but I highly recommend it if you’re interested in the so-called “Marcionite Canon.”


Lieu, Judith. Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture in the 2nd Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Roth, Dieter. The Text of Marcion’s Gospel, Leiden: Brill, 2015.


Andrew Henry is a PhD student in early Christianity at Boston University. His research focuses on the popular and domestic religion of the eastern Mediterranean, particularly the magico-religious rituals deployed to harness and direct ritual power.

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