A lack of Harnack

Adolf Harnack died in 1930.  That means his works all came out of copyright, even in Germany, in 2000.  Yet very few of them seem to be online.

I was looking for his Marcion: the gospel of the alien god, in which he openly avows his support for the idea of dropping the Old Testament.  But it isn’t online.  The German text is here, but only part of it.  The English text is merely the introductory material — the detailed quotations of the sources, present in the German, were not included (!).

Another thing that I was looking for was a collection of all the primary sources about Marcion.  This does not seem to be online, or at least not in one place. 

In’t it curious how many people talk about Marcion online, yet have not troubled to make available the raw materials?

The volume Marcion: Das Evangelium vom fremden Gott is Texte und Untersuchungen 45, it seems, in its 1924 2nd edition.  A search that way gave me this at Google Books, but only snippet view, from 1921.

Anyone able to find it online?


9 thoughts on “A lack of Harnack

  1. That’s not the same volume, tho – that’s vol 5, not 45. There are quite a few volumes of TU on Google and Archive.org, but not the one I wanted as far as I can see.

  2. I’m the new web-mistress of the Marcionite Research Library; I’m trying to make as much stuff about Marcion available to online as possible, but I’ve had problems getting access to that book. The English translations are practically worthless because they don’t contain the appendices; I think they’re also still in copyright. Copies of the German original typically sell for hundreds of pounds, and I believe even the German re-prints did not include all of the appendices of the original.

    If anyone can give me advice on how to make it avalibe I’d love to hear it: Melissa [at] Marcionite [dash] Scripture [dot] info

  3. I’ve only looked at this one book. The English is in copyright, because it was done ca. 1990 or something like that. The German is out of copyright.

    I’ve got the German on order from a library. That’s the best way to get hold of them. Then scan the page images using a scanner, create a PDF, and upload it to Archive.org. Job done!

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