EVIDENCE OF MARCION'S PRIORITY ON MARK ABOUT A PRECISE POINT: THE TESTING OF JESUS IN SHEOL
From Book I, chap. 27,Against Heresies)
Do you see what both the episodes, despite of the great difference of context, have in common ?
The sin of the interlocutors of Jesus is not take position abous his identity.
- The souls don't know how to decide if he comes from YHWH or from the Alien God.
- The pharisees don't know how to decide if John the Baptist was an usurper or a divine Revealer.
The goal of "Mark" (editor) is to refer to John on the earth an ambiguous testing originally about Jesus and happened in Sheol.
Evidently because the original episode in Marcion, with OT prophets being the sinners and not the pharisees, was too much embarrassing for the Judaizer named "Mark".
But especially because in the original episode, among the sinners in Sheol, there was the prophet John also, as last of the OT prophets (as author of anti-pauline Revelation).
By placing himself on the side of John the Baptist and joining the Messianic Secret with the difficulty to recognize the John's identity, the message of the Mark's Jesus is: John is a prophet of YHWH just as I am the Messiah of YHWH, he is not an evil agent of the demiurge YHWH. Nor I am the Son of the Unknown Father ("Bar-Abbas")