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: “Friend of the Luminaries.” 13 Yohannan: “Great Ban”; Schubert: “Great Architect”; Reeves: “Great Ban.” 14 Payne-Smith states that is normally feminine “except when used of the Holy Spirit” (533b), which reflects a theologically motivated interpretation of grammar. The Manichaean Living Spirit, rooted

In: Pentadic Redaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia

false to think that sins can be redeemed through baptism in impure water.33 Probably this polemic was directed against a Jewish baptismal sect, and quite likely it was directed towards the Elchasaites and their ancestors.34 The meaning of “living water” and “water springing up for eternal life” ( Jn

In: New Light on Manichaeism

you are looking forward to has come, but you don’t know it.” Note again the theme of true ‘life’ and ‘death.’ A bit earlier, in Gos. Thom. 11, Jesus tells his audience, “This heaven will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die.” Statements made by Jesus about the world elsewhere

In: Thomasine Traditions in Antiquity

of Manichaeanness in everyday life reveals details that challenge previous reconstructions of Manichaeans as a well-defined religious group (even characterized as “sectarian”) that engaged in mission work, experienced persecution, and claimed a reified Christian identity in competition with other

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In: Religion and the Everyday Life of Manichaeans in Kellis

is honour/ [ ed. The beginning of a]ll [the trappers] and hunters is the First 35 [Man . ... of] all fighters is (44) [the] Living [Spirit], the Father of Life, who has distribu[ted about] / his five sons from place to place. The beginning of all the archit [ e] / cts and builders is the Great

In: The Kephalaia of the Teacher

hypostasised into a pair of divinities. Together they are the 'counsel of life' that throughout the time of mixture personifies the awakening and motivating force of the soul and light elements that are sunk in darkness (K. 178.2 - 5). To prepare for that, the Living Spirit and the Mother of Life descend

In: The Kephalaia of the Teacher

) beauty.3 It is unclear whether or not these five qualities are related to the Five Vital Powers found in a Middle Persian fragment attributed to the Shabuhragan by Hutter4 and discussed by Polotsky5 from Sogdian fragment M 14, which list 1) life, 2) power, 3) light, 4) beauty, and 5) fragrance as five

In: Pentadic Redaction in the Manichaean Kephalaia
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intellectuals the infl uence of Arthur Schopenhauer was paramount. It gave them the opportunity to interpret music as a profound revelation and not to take natural science seriously. According to Schopenhauer consciousness creates the world and life creates con- sciousness. That, however, is the real evil

In: Gnostica, Judaica, Catholica. Collected Essays of Gilles Quispel

"holy spirit" and "mother of the living" as well as with the fwlction of reveal er/redeemer, three characteristics attributed to the Barbelo. These lines proclaim: "And our sister Sophia came down in innocence so that she might correct her deficiency. Therefore she was called "Zoe" (life}--that is

In: The Nag Hammadi Library after Fifty Years

second- and third-century Christian context, rather than on the periphery of early Christianity. Rather than viewing Gnostic sects as “aberrations” or “parasitical intrusions” into normative Christian groups, it is important to look at Valentinianism as a once living set of movements, where real

In: Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse