Linguistic Manifestations in the Trimorphic Protennoia and the Thunder: Perfect Mind

Analysed against the Background of Platonic and Stoic Dialectics


Both the Thunder: Perfect Mind (NHC VI,2) and the Trimorphic Protennoia (NHC XIII,1) present their readers with goddesses who descend in such auditive terms as sound, voice, and word. In Linguistic Manifestations in the Trimorphic Protennoia and the Thunder: Perfect Mind, Tilde Bak Halvgaard argues that these presentations reflect a philosophical discussion about the nature of words and names, utterances and language, as well as the relationship between language and reality, inspired especially by Platonic and Stoic dialectics.
Her analysis of these linguistic manifestations against the background of ancient philosophy of language offers many new insights into the structure of the two texts and the paradoxical sayings of the Thunder: Perfect Mind.

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Tilde Bak Halvgaard, Ph.D. (2012), University of Copenhagen, is a postdoctoral researcher in Biblical Studies at that university.
' The ideas it discusses are expressed with great clarity and the important ideas discussed are readily accessible to a wider readership. The book offers fresh and important insights into these two fascinating texts'

Paul Foster, University of Edinburgh, The Expository Times 128 (4), 2017.
1: When Silence Appears in Sounds
The "Sethian" Tradition
2: Ancient Philosophy of Language
Plato on Language
The Cratylus – on Names
The Platonic Method of Diairesis
Stoic Dialectics
The Things Which Signify
What is Signified
3: The Trimorphic Protennoia
The Manuscript
The Content of the Trimorphic Protennoia
“I am”-Proclamations and Trim. Prot.’s Literary Parallels
Linguistic Manifestation in the Trimorphic Protennoia
Diversities of Translation
First Part: the Discourse of Protennoia
Second Part: On Fate
Third Part: the Discourse of the Manifestation
4: The Thunder: Perfect Mind
The Manuscript
The Content of the Thunder: Perfect Mind
“I am”-proclamations and Thund.’s Literary Parallels
The function of Paradox and Antithesis
Linguistic Manifestation in the Thunder: Perfect Mind
The First Linguistic Passage
The Second Linguistic Passage
The Knowledge of My Name
Judgment and acquittal
The Third Linguistic passage

Scholars and students of Ancient Christianity, New Testament and Gnosticism