In Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity, Nicola Denzey Lewis dismisses Hans Jonas' mischaracterization of second-century Gnosticism as a philosophically-oriented religious movement built on the perception of the cosmos as negative or enslaving. A focused study on the concept of astrological fate in “Gnostic” writings including the Apocryphon of John, the recently-discovered Gospel of Judas, Trimorphic Protennoia, and the Pistis Sophia, this book reexamines their language of “enslavement to fate (Gk: heimarmene)” from its origins in Greek Stoicism, its deployment by the apostle Paul, to its later use by a variety of second-century intellectuals (both Christian and non-Christian). Denzey Lewis thus offers an informed and revisionist conceptual map of the ancient cosmos, its influence, and all those who claimed to be free of its potentially pernicious effects.
Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity
Edited by April D. DeConick, Gregory Shaw, and John D. Turner
The essays in Practicing Gnosis demonstrate that the Gnostics were not necessarily trendy intellectuals seeking epistomological certainities. Instead, this book explores how Gnostics were seeking religious experiences that relied on practices including ritual, magic, liturgy, and theurgy. This ...
Stephen J. Patterson, Willamette University
Ten seminal essays on the Gospel of Thomas from a scholar whose work has been at the center of the Thomas debate for more than two decades.
Edited by Johannes van Oort, University of Nijmegen / University of Pretoria
Augustine and Manichaean Christianity offers groundbreaking discussions of Augustine’s enduring relation with Manichaeism, disclosing the essential background of writings such as Confessiones, De ordine and De vera religione and powerful concepts like his theories of memory and vision of God.
Herausgegeben von Peter Nagel und Siegfried G. Richter
This volume contains the until-now unpublished dissertation "Die Bibel bei den Manichäern" and three related articles of Alexander Böhlig (*1912 † 1996), who was one of the leading scholars in Manichaean studies. Der Band enthält die bis dato unpublizierte Dissertation „Die Bibel bei den ...
Epiphanius of Salamis. Translated by F. Williams
This volume is a revised edition of the only modern translation of the whole of Epiphanius' description and refutation of heresies. It deals with the Trinity, the Person of Christ, monasticism and other vital fourth century concerns, and is a participant's account of the period.
Herausgegeben von Gesine Schenke Robinson, Gesa Schenke und Uwe-Karsten Plisch
The collected essays provide a cross section of Hans-Martin Schenkes immense work in the field of New Testament, Gosticism, and Coptology that span a lifetime of scholaship in which he produced highly valued Coptic text editions as well as theological writings.
Anna Van den Kerchove
This book explores the ritual practices and their place on the way to salvation as they are proposed by authors from Greek, Latin and Coptic Hermetic literature, who belong to Egyptian wisdom, the Hermetic tradition. À partir de la littérature hermétique grecque, copte et latine, cet ouvrage ...
Edited by Christian H. Bull, University of Bergen, Liv Ingeborg Lied MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, and John D. Turner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Drawing on a wide array of sources, this anthology sets out to analyze the concepts of mystery and secrecy that occur in the ritual and rhetoric of antique Mediterranean religion, with an emphasis on Gnosticism, Christianity, and Paganism.
Jaan Lahe, Tallinn University
The book analyses different theories concerning the origin of Gnosticism and the use of lore from the Old Testament and Judaism in Gnostic literature and searches for an answer to the following question – could the use of lore from the Old Testament and Judaism in Gnostic literature validate the ...
Edited by Jacob van den Berg, Annemaré Kotzé, Tobias Nicklas and Madeleine Scopello
This volume in honour of Prof. Dr. Johannes van Oort offers a rich variety of in-depth studies on Augustine, Manichaeism, and other Gnostic currents, thus reflecting the rich variety of the honorand’s research interests.
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