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For many readers, the phrase “tree of life” will immediately evoke thoughts of the garden of Eden. Charles Echols has situated this tree for us among other life-giving trees and plants mentioned in a variety of ancient Near Eastern texts, and Amy Balogh has explored the iconographical context

In: The Tree of Life
Author: Paul Linjamaa

This chapter investigates TriTrac ’s attitude to involvement in the affairs of everyday life. What does the text say concerning politics and earthly governance? Previous chapters have made it clear that a virtuous life, according to TriTrac , involves moral development, education and

In: The Ethics of The Tripartite Tractate (NHC I, 5)

addressees add, “And we are the elect of the living father.” As I have argued in the previous chapter (p. 125), ⲛⲙⲟⲛⲁⲭⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲉⲧⲥⲟⲧⲡ, “the unique and elect,” in Gos. Thom. 49:1 is clearly a hendiadys. In a similar fashion, “the children of the light” and “the elect of the living father” in Gos. Thom. 50:2 can

In: The Gospel of Thomas and Plato
Author: Paul Linjamaa

to be rationally organized, and if one had knowledge of the order of the world one was guided to act correctly, rationally, which led to a happy life. 11 The idea of the will was closely linked to ethics, and in classical Greece ethics could be viewed as a kind of intellectualism. 12 As discussed

In: The Ethics of The Tripartite Tractate (NHC I, 5)