- a member of a Gnostic ascetic sect that flourished from the 2nd to 7th century a.d. and that rejected the Old Testament and denied the incarnation of God in Christ.
- of or relating to the Marcionites or their doctrines.
Origin of Marcionite
Examples from the Web for marcionite
Metrodorus, a Marcionite priest, underwent the same punishment with him.The Lives of the Saints, Volume II (of 16): February
The golden age of the Marcionite churches falls between the years 150 and 250.
The Marcionite Antitheses were probably spread among other Gnostic sects.
Tertullian has frequently pointed to the contradictions in the Marcionite conception of the god of creation.
Still more logical indeed was the dilemma: either Jewish, or Marcionite Christian.
Word Origin and History for marcionite
1540, early Christian sect, named for Gnostic Marcion of Sinope (c.140), who denied any connection between the Old Testament and the New. They contrasted the barbaric and incompetent creator in the Old Testament, who favored bandits and killers, with the "higher god" of Christ. They also emphasized virginity and rejection of marriage. They flourished, especially in the East, until late 4c.