After 2,000 years of political editing, additions, deletions, theological focus groups and sloppy translations, the modern bible has more in common with modern art than it does with the very first Christian bible as it was originally transcribed.
Now you can read the original gospel and scriptures in their pure unadulterated form as they were after being gathered by Marcion of Sinope in 144 A.D. But it's what's NOT in The Very First Bible that will surprise you - did you know it didn't contain the Old Testament or stories of its god?
The Marcionite Church, which at one point had millions of adherents and was larger than the Catholic Church, was founded on the The Very First Bible and the belief that the Old Testament was incompatible with the teachings of Christ.
This special first edition includes illustrations along with a Study and Reference Guide where you'll learn about the key people and events surrounding The Very First Bible and the Marcionite Church - and the suppression of both for 2,000 years. http://www.theveryfirstbible.org
Marcion of Sinope (c. 85 – c. 160) was an early Christian theologian, an evangelist, and an important figure in early Christianity. Marcion preached that the benevolent God of the Gospel who sent Jesus Christ into the world as the savior was the true Supreme Being, different from and opposed to the malevolent demiurge or creator god, identified with the Hebrew God of the Old Testament. He considered himself a follower of Paul the Apostle, whom he believed to have been the only true apostle of Jesus Christ, a doctrine called Marcionism. Marcion published the earliest extant fixed collection of New Testament books.
Early Church Fathers such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Tertullian denounced Marcion as a heretic, and he was excommunicated by the church of Rome around 144. He published the first known canon of Christian sacred scriptures, which contained ten Pauline epistles (the Pastoral epistles were not included) and a shorter version of the Gospel of Luke (the Gospel of Marcion). This made him a catalyst in the process of the development of the New Testament canon by forcing the proto-orthodox Church to respond to his canon.
I read every translation of the Bible I come across in hopes of gaining new insights. The difference in this Bible is basically what is not included in the later Bibles that were gathered during the Constantine Era Bible. I really enjoyed reading it.
The Marcionite Christian Church The Marcionite Christian Church spanned the known world, grew larger than even the Catholic Church and for centuries its bedrock of the Very First Bible dominated Christian culture and tradition with millions of adherents. The Marcionites recognized the god of the Old Testament as being in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christ and this belief garnered them many rich and powerful enemies.
Purportedly, this is Marcion's list of what he considered were the inspired texts of Scripture. Needless to say that Marcion was a heretic who taught that the violent God of the Hebrew Bible is not in any way associated with the compassionate God of the New Testament and, of course, that Jesus is not God.
Marcion excluded those portions of Scripture he believed were not inspired; therefore his "Bible" contained only one Gospel and ten letters of Paul the apostle. Each of all these writings are very much shortened with much removed when compared to the Protestant (as well as Catholic) compilation of what is believed ti be the inspired texts; and, of course, due to it's brevity, the verse numbering system will not coincide with a regular Bible.
It is a good and interesting read, which is why I gave it three stars, but, of course, it falls short of what the Bible teaches and assumes what it cannot really defend.