Having completed a detailed analysis (Beginning with the question: Who Was Marcion?) of the most likely content of Marcion's Gospel of the Lord (Mcg), including a verse-by-verse discussion (Marcion’s Gospel, Compared Verse by Verse With Luke), it is necessary to summarize the overall picture this gives us, not only as to the content of Mcg, but also the likely content of the copies of Lk on which both Tertullian and Epiphanius depended. However, it is worth beginning by putting this whole analysis in context, and it is important to examine the editorial changes in detail. This website has so far examined these changes on an individual verse-by-verse basis, but it still remains to see the picture that appears when taking an overall view. However, because Epiphanius summarizes the differences between Mcg and Lk 1:1 – 5:13 in a manner very different to the way he deals with Lk 5:14ff, it is convenient to split this ‘overall’ view of Mcg at the same boundary:
Mcg up to Lk 5:13: What do Tertullian and Epiphanius tell us was in the early chapters of Mcg?
Epiphanius: Omissions After v. 5:13: The 25 places where Mcg did not contain text that Epiphanius saw in Lk.Epiphanius: Differences After v. 5:13: The 12 places where Mcg contained text different to that seen in Lk by Epiphanius.
Tertullian: Omissions and Differences: The 7 other places where Mcg contained text different to that expected by Tertullian.
Other Differences: 17 places where Tertullian quotes text in Mcg that he does not note as a difference, but is different to what we see in Lk.
Tertullian vs. Epiphanius: How much of Lk was not present in Mcg? The differences between what Tertullian and Epiphanius report.
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