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By Roelof van den Broek

Gnostic faith is the expression of a spiritual worldview that is ruled via the idea that of Gnosis, an esoteric wisdom of God and the man or woman which offers salvation to those that own it. Roelof van den Broek offers the following a clean method of the gnostic present of past due Antiquity inside its old and spiritual context, in accordance with resources in Greek, Latin and Coptic, together with discussions of the person works of preserved gnostic literature. Van den Broek explores many of the gnostic interpretations of the Christian religion that have been present within the moment and 3rd centuries, when exhibiting that regardless of its effect on early Christianity, gnostic faith used to be now not a in most cases Christian phenomenon. This booklet could be of curiosity to theologians, historians of faith, scholars and students of the heritage of overdue Antiquity and early Christianity, in addition to experts in old gnostic and airtight traditions.

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There are some veiled allusions to passages in the gospels, but the historical Jesus is absent, there is only a divine, healing power operative in the soul. 17 Like the Treatise on the Soul, the Authoritative Teaching does not have typically gnostic features, though gnostics may certainly have seen it as a description of the fate of their own soul or inner self. Secret Book of James The gnostic or non-gnostic character of some Nag Hammadi writings is far from evident. A clear instance of this is the 15 For a study of the female images in this tractate, see Lundhaug, Images of Rebirth, pp.

The other two were already known: the Prayer of Thanksgiving (vi, 63, 33–65, 7) and an Excerpt from the Perfect Discourse (vi, 65, 15–78, 43). Between the last two we find a note by the copyist, moreover, in which he reports that he possesses many more hermetic texts (vi, 65, 8–14). Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth (NHC vi, 6)21 is the most important hermetic text discovered in the twentieth century. A better title would be the Initiation into the Eighth and Ninth Spheres, since it describes, in the form of a conversation between Hermes Trismegistus and an unnamed pupil, the initiation into the hermetic mystery: the inner experience of the divine world of the eighth and ninth heavenly spheres.

The original length of the codex is unknown, but a fragment with the page number 108 shows that it must 13 For the vicissitudes of the codex, see H. Krosney, The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot (Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2006), and H. Krosney, ‘The Tchacos Fragments in Court’, in H. Krosney, M. Meyer and G. Wurst, ‘Preliminary Report on New Fragments of Codex Tchacos’, Early Christianity 1 (2010), 282–5. 24 Gnostic literature I: tradition have had many more pages.

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