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Summary of the novel : Marcion …
Or the foundations of the Christian antiJudaism
1st part : Athens, be 135
The bases of the system
Marcion, the fashionable shipowner, exposes to his main assistant, Sibélius, to his nephew Hertius, to a violently antiJewish friend, Marcellina, and in some the others, than he has just been named a bishop, as was him his father, it against part of the gift of his golden weight for the good works of the Fathers of the Church in Rome.
His diocese will be all the ports where it possesses a counter on all the Roman Empire and will be a personal prélature of the pope Télesphore. Churches must be created, as well as an infrastructure to meet the needs of the poorest of the new converts.
He will also have to create a publishing house to make copy and spread widely Christian texts as Paul's epistles and Luc's gospel at first. He names this corpus, New Will, by opposition to the Hebraic Bible that he calls Old Testament, and that he considers as a set of Jewish fantasies and a diversion of the world inheritance of the mythologies. He considers this work as an excellent philosophic document but on no account as a theological base.
His public was advisable to accompany him in this adventure, then he dashes into an attack in rule of the Jews of which he wants that the Christians are far held, as he wants that the church never refers to the Jewish texts. We point out to him that, for the Roman, the Christians are a Jewish obedience, thus for it considered as a licit religion. In case of break with the Jews, they would become a sect with the consequences which it implies. He pays attention to it.
His plan to reach its objective is the following one: it will be necessary to infiltrate the universities where they recruit their executives. Admit in politics Sibélius in Rome. Distribute the texts of the NT and remove the copies which circulate and which are not under control. Make distribute drawings representing the crucifixion to convince the illiterates by striking their spirit. Christianize the servicemen of return of Palestine and who have a wild hatred for the Jews who made in their rows of numerous handicapped persons that it will be necessary to subsidize against their actions proselytes. Naturally form clergymen's troop to convert a crowd of paganistes which the weak contribution of sense, in a hard and rough world, makes particularly moldable.
His nephew decides to create a secret brotherhood which he names Corpus-Christ, to protect the hierarchy and the believers of the actions of the police, a system of forming of staff of big houses to make it spies of the faith, school of errant preachers' forming which will be accommodated in a vast discreet house during their time of transit between two operations. These clergymen will be Soldiers of the Faith ready for everything to convert.
All these preparations, around the appointment from Marcion to Rome as bishop, pull a chain of actions and new developments between the protagonists.
Sibélius Aponios is the main administrator of the company of the shipowner Marcus Marcion. He is the lover of the woman of Hertius, the nephew of Marcion, who ignores it but who dedicates him a wild hatred because of the admiration which carries him his uncle for his perfect management of the domestic company. Hertius maintains a crowd of gangsters who are of use to him for covering the bad debts of the company of his uncle.
Marcion in surpayant all its world and by playing on the rivalries of some against the others, wants to create a structure capable of installing the Christianity on the Roman empire by taking in lapel the Fathers of the church in Rome, and by establishing what considers him as the only gospel of Jesus Christ, that of Luc. Without the Jews nor the Judaism. Closely or by far.
2nd part : Rome, July 144
The lawsuit and its consequences
Ten years passed. Marcion receives a Jewish friend, Amos. He explains him that tomorrow he walks past a Christian council which wants to exclude him from the Big Church, because they find inconvenient his idea to part from Jews, from their sacred books, and their culture. He explains him that he is not antiJewish as far as both obediences part, with each the sacred texts, his culture, its rites and traditions. He insists on this subject. He wishes to hear him on Jewish subjects as the Alliance with God and the Election of the Jewish people who in follow-up, to understand indeed and be able to argue with full knowledge of the facts.
Amos admits that effectively, by wanting to divert in their profit the Jewish crowned texts without their rites and traditions, the Christians want to make a light Judaism and without the Jews, what all the same is paradoxical.
Then to light Marcion he tells the Genesis, Adam and Eve, Caïn and Abel, the Noah's Ark, Abraham and Sarah, the earth promised to Canaan, Moses, Egypt, the flight, the circumcision and ten commands which form the Alliance with God. In case of neglect in the Law of Moses, God will be terrible with his protégés.
Then he deals with the question of the Election. It is a shape of holiness. Of search for the perfection. That of God's chosen people swamped by a crowd of more delicate missions to lead the some that the others it against part of the divine protection. It is for it that the Jewish rites are so complex and that we think of the Jews as complicated people. And in more the Jews have the mission to be priests and witnesses. They thus have to write all that they observe.
Finally Marcion approaches the question of the status of the Jews to the Roman. He explains that the infringements which are granted to them to assume their Faith strike the Roman. That the fear of the impurity by the contact with goy exceed the people. That their fear of eating impure prevent them from communicating with the others because they are in the obligation to refuse everything, to participate never in the common festivities. We throw back them by the fact that they are excluded. They lock themselves not to be soiled.
They leave definitively irritated.
The next day Marcion walks past the court which has to decide on its lot within the Big Church. There are there ten bishops representatives the main Christian regions of Italy, Carolin Berthus, prefect of the congregation of the faith and guard of the orthodoxy, Fabius de la Palaré who will act as devil's advocate for Marcion. And the bishop of Rome considered as the leader of the church, Pie 1st, pickets Lorenzo Rufinus and two brothers scribes allocated to the council to note scrupulously all which says itself.
After the procedures of custom we read the bill of indictment.
Refusal to accept the Jewish works as Sacred Books of theology.
Refusal to accept Jesus as son of the Man, but " as pure spirit. "
Refusal to accept the Holy Trinity, the too heathen concept to its opinion.
Refusal to accept a unique God, to prefer a duelle divinity.
Marcion explains. He approaches the Jewish question by the Diaspora. He explains why according to him, God does not love the Jews, these Elected members of God, and always forces them to leave towards the wandering. Thus the Diaspora, the dispersal, is a Divine punishment.
He approaches then the questions of the history confronted with the religion, and explains, in passing in review all the events of this period of hundred years, in 35 and 135, why he thinks that of the death of Jesus until this summer day of 135, everything is against the Jews.
He speaks about Paul and about his epistles, about Luc and about his Good Short story. Here are the only men inspired by the check-God who find thanks to the eyes. All other texts, every these be disants gospel should be removed from the traffic. Moreover he is used to it. Only count the New Will, this Sacred Book which speaks only about Jesus, about no Jews who are the East when the Christians are the West, and when they have nothing common with these Oriental. Neither in the reasoning, nor in the rites. Moreover, all which symbolizes the Jews was thrown back by Paul. The circumcision, the food prohibitions, the obsession of these binding and coercive rites. The Sabbath to prefer Sunday, Sunday. Nothing more stays of them. Why to get entangled in their culture, their traditions. It is necessary to part from them.
He details his conception of the religion : a God Creator, bad, that of the Jews who generated the Hebraic Bible of which it is necessary to part, and a supreme, good God, revealed by the Christ, that of the Christians. Furthermore he thinks that he cannot have of resurrection of the flesh there because it would imply the continuance of the evil which is contained in the material life.
He ends by saying that the Christian world does not need the Hebraic world to bloom. That he refuses to divert the Jewish texts for the benefit of the Christians because of this fact will be born one day a perverse ambiguity which will damage the Jews and the Christians.
The session is raised, everything is said. He goes out and lets the council deliberate.
After a long stormy and contradictory debate, the assembly votes for its eviction of the church and the refund of its gifts to cut court with him and what there is no dispute between them and him. We admit him and we announce him the verdict. We offer him the last word.
Marcion regrets that they do not know how to leave their name in the history by deciding to part from Jews and from their books. They qualify them as dreamers, who dream about a utopia, and who will wake up with a nightmare. Finally he reminds that if Jesus is revolutionary it is because he upsets the understanding of a motionless Jewish world and an upholder of the law, for a world of love and redemption. That Christ lauded the Faith in his Father against the Law of Moses.
Finally he explains that from tomorrow he will go to explain to the authorities that the Christianity has to see nothing more with the Judaism. From then on the vindication of the Roman judge will be merciless for the sectarians. He will so force them to be true Jewish Christians, no forgery. He leaves the assembly.
Pie resumes the word and announces that he is going to need quickly to remove of the Christian corpus the antiJewish thought Paulinienne by purifying texts, and resume in hand the studios of Parchos so that the produced texts are from now on as they owe be.
Marcion explains in front of his friends and co-workers that he wants to build his obedience as an effective machine of war, with a structured and oiled methodology. He wants to resume in hand his network of churches before Pie takes charge of it. It will be necessary to explain that the marcionisme is interested only in Jesus, without any track of Judaism. Closely or by far. In any more it will be necessary to disgust to all never the believers of the idea of the Judaism. That this notion joins in the heart of their brain and never fades.
Marcion clarifies that this situation will be favorable to the " Children of Jesus " because so will be generated the martyrs and the martyrs are the best dynamiseurs. He asks Hertius to form him future martyrs, men, women and children who like Jesus, who have an immovable Faith, and who are ready to sacrifice their life in front of lions in the arena without jibbing. We suggest building sales leaflets of the Total Faith and making them publish.
Then he asks Hertius to get in touch with its friend Apelle. A young talented speaker, an antiJewish one maniac, and keen on theater. He knows everybody in the profession and suggests making establish scenes of the life of Jesus to play them on the trestles of fairs and markets. Hertius is packed by the idea. He suggests in succession making play the passion of the Christ with Jews who throw stones in straw balls to Jesus. To incite the good people against the Jews, we shall distribute balls to the spectators and we shall urge them to throw them on these Jews made up as Jews of caricature. A good trick to shape the consciousnesses.
Then Marcion approached the question of ten commands. He knew that the believers liked it but he wanted another approach. Not Jewish. And it is Gratios who had the idea, who knew how to formalize the concept. He explained to be struck by the negative side of commands. Do not make çi, do not make that! We are then in the juridisme, the criminal law, the common law, the ban, the confinement. Thus nothing to do with the Jews, who once again, we knew how to monopolize a daily legal reality to make an alliance with God. Then Jesus arrives, and he expresses the eleventh command: love your fellow man as yourself. We pass brutally of the negative in the positive. Of the juridisme in the emotion. This eleventh command is a revolution. Jesus is revolutionary and, by the verb to love, push aside the structure of a Judaism in degeneracy. They all remained quiet. love. Of the bottom of their tripes, they understood that it was that the foundation.
We celebrate in a grand way the election of Sibélius to the Senate. All the cheese-topped dish of Rome is there. After the holiday, Sibélius joins his young mistress, Antonia, the girl of Hertius, who surprises them in the bed. His men maintain Sibélius while Hertius destroys him the face and castrates it wildly in front of his daughter. Then he takes him in the yard of the villa and he crucifies him with stone-cutter's burins. In front of the insults of Sibélius, Hertius finishes him by nailing him a burin in every eye, what in to say presents, made for him a funny speed.
The epilogue takes place in the Coffee of the business, the day before Christmas 2005. A grandfather and his grandson discuss in front of a glass. The grandson asks the grandfather if this history is true. The grandfather answers that she is true as are it all the histories. Then he continues to tell the history of Marcion to the young person, who credibly wants to make a thesis on the subject. He explains that Marcion in 144 leaves the Big Church and melts Marcionisme. A fundamentalist and fanatical Christian sect. During twenty years which follow, up to his death, he spreads with his clergymen, a wild zeal to spread on all the Empire his hatred of the Judaism. He is going to succeed beyond his expectations because towards 200, his pernicious thought of the dualism, the fight of the Christian good against the bad Jew " filled the universe. "
He explains that although put in the index, his works make florae. Then the Christianity wins on the paganism and the Roman Empire becomes Christian. Marcionistes is pursued, but their thought survives. In 500 we decide to eradicate them, but it is too late. The antiJudaism is firmly anchored in mind of the Christians. In 1096, for the first crusade, the last followers will make a massacre of Jews between Metz and the Danube, pleading that the big fear of the millennium is due to the ghost of the Jews on the Christians. Marcion reappears in 1921, in Germany, in full ascent of the Nazism and the anti-Semitism with the edition of a book on the subject.
The grandpa explains then the Christian crime, the shoah, this absolute horror. The Christians in sign of repentance give to the Jews a part of Palestine under English control in the time, to build itself a country. The Palestinians refuse and the war non-stop makes victims until today. But seen the curses of Iran to Israel, we can be sure that the spirit of Marcion remains long-lived in the Christian world which seems to be well moved few these statements. Wait and see. Quickly probably.
Copyright: Xavier Ponte-Corto of September, 2006