Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World

Essays in Honour of John D. Turner


This Festschrift honors the life and work of John D. Turner (Charles J. Mach University Professor of Classics and History at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln) on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Professor Turner’s work has been of profound importance for the study of the interaction between Greek philosophy and Gnosticism in late antiquity. This volume contains essays by international scholars on a broad range of topics that deal with Sethian, Valentinian and other early Christian thought, as well as with Platonism and Neoplatonism, and offer a variety of perspectives spanning intellectual history, Greek and Coptic philology, and the study of religions.

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Kevin Corrigan is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Director of the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. His recent works include Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century (Ashgate, 2009), Religion and Philosophy in the Platonic and Neoplatonic Traditions (ed. with J. D. Turner and P. Wakefield, Akademia Verlag, 2012), and Reason, Faith and Otherness in Neoplatonic and Early Christian Thought (Ashgate, 2013).

Tuomas Rasimus is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, and an Associate Professor at Université Laval. He has published on Gnosticism, Early Christianity and Neoplatonism, and his recent works include Paradise Reconsidered in Gnostic Mythmaking (Brill, 2009), The Legacy of John: Second-Century Reception of the Fourth Gospel (ed., Brill, 2010), and Stoicism in Early Christianity (ed. with T. Engberg-Pedersen and I. Dunderberg, Baker Academic, 2010).
"Great FS for a great scholar, excellently edited by a team led by Tuomas Rasimus: Sidnie White Crawford, John D. Turner." – J. van Oort, in: Vigiliae Christianae 68 (2014)
"ein aufschlussreicher und instruktiver Band" – Barbara Aland, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 140 (2015)
Sidnie White Crawford, John D. Turner: An Appreciation
Karen L. King, Distinctive Intertextuality: Genesis and Platonizing Philosophy in The Secret Revelation of John
Paul-Hubert Poirier, The Three Forms of First Thought (NHC XIII,1), and the Secret Book of John (NHC II,1 and par.)
Lance Jenott, Emissaries of Truth and Justice: The Seed of Seth as Agents of Divine Providence
Einar Thomassen, Sethian Names in Magical Texts: Protophanes and Meirotheos
Wolf-Peter Funk, “Third Ones and Fourth Ones”: Some Reflections on the Use of Indefinite Ordinals in Zostrianos
Louis Painchaud, Le quatrième écrit du codex Tchacos : les livres d’Allogène et la tradition littéraire séthienne
Birger A. Pearson, The Book of Allogenes (CT,4) and Sethian Gnosticism
Madeleine Scopello, The Temptation of Allogenes (Codex Tchacos, Tractate IV)
Volker Drecoll, Martin Hengel and the Origins of Gnosticism
Robert M. Berchman, Arithmos and Kosmos: Arithmology as an Exegetical Tool in the De Opificio Mundi of Philo of Alexandria
Anne Pasquier, Parole intérieure et parole proférée chez Philon d’Alexandrie et dans l’ Évangile de la Vérité (NH I,3)
Jean-Daniel Dubois, Remarques sur la cohérence des Extraits de Théodote
Hugo Lundhaug, Evidence of “Valentinian” Ritual Practice? The Liturgical Fragments of Nag Hammadi Codex XI (NHC XI,2a–e)
Antti Marjanen, A Salvific Act of Transformation or a Symbol of Defilement? Baptism in Valentinian Liturgical Readings (NHC XI,2) and in the Testimony of Truth (NHC IX,3)
Dylan M. Burns, “The Garment Poured its Entire Self over Me”: Christian Baptismal Traditions and the Origins of the Hymn of the Pearl
Johannes van Oort, Alexander of Lycopolis, Manichaeism and Neoplatonism
April DeConick, Crafting Gnosis: Gnostic Spirituality in the Ancient New Age
Kevin Corrigan, The Symposium and Republic in the Mystical Thought of Plotinus and the Sethian Gnostics
Zeke Mazur, “Those Who Ascend to the Sanctuaries of the Temples”: The Gnostic Context of Plotinus’ First Treatise, 1.6 [1], On Beauty
Tuomas Rasimus, Johannine Background of the Being-Life-Mind Triad
Jean-Marc Narbonne, The Neopythagorean Backdrop to the Fall (σφάλμα/νεῦσις) of the Soul in Gnosticism and its Echo in the Plotinian Treatises 33 and 34
Michel Tardieu, Écho et les antitypes
Luc Brisson, Plotinus and the Magical Rites Practiced by the Gnostics
Lorenzo Ferroni, Where Did Matter Appear From? A Syntactic Problem in a Plotinian anti-Gnostic Treatise
Andrei Cornea, Plotinus, Epicurus, and the Gnostics: On Plotinian Classification of Philosophies
John Dillon, Plotinus and the Vehicle of the Soul
Michael A. Williams, Life and Happiness in the “Platonic Underworld”
Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Trial by Fire: An Ontological Reading of Katharsis
Gerald Bechtle, “Harmonizing” Aristotle’s Categories and Plato’s Parmenides: Before the Background of Natural Philosophy
Mark Edwards, Christians against Matter: A Bouquet for Bishop Berkeley
Benjamin Gleede, Proclus against the Gnostics? Some Remarks on a Subtle Allusion in the Timaeus-Commentary concerning Caves and Cages
Alain Lernould, Imagination and Psychic Body: Apparitions of the Divine and Geometric Imagination according to Proclus
Jay Bregman, Neoplatonizing Gnosticism and Gnosticizing Neoplatonism in the “American Baroque”

All interested in Gnosticism and Platonism.