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

Analysed against the Background of Platonic and Stoic Dialectics


Tilde Bak Halvgaard

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.


International Review for the History of Religions

NVMEN publishes papers representing the most recent scholarship in all areas of the history of religions ranging from antiquity to contemporary history. It covers a diversity of geographical regions, and religions of the past as well as of the present. The approach of the journal to the study of religion is strictly non-confessional. While the emphasis lies on empirical, source-based research, typical contributions also address issues that have a wider historical or comparative significance for the advancement of the discipline. Numen also publishes papers that discuss important theoretical innovations in the study of religion and reflective studies on the history of the discipline. The journal publishes book reviews and review articles to keep professionals in the discipline updated about recent developments.

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Loren T. Stuckenbruck

1 Introduction The present discussion is concerned with the relation between the past and the future in the Serekh ha-Milḥamah. 1 As is well known, the narrative portions preserved among materials related to Serekh ha-Milḥamah are primarily cast with future events in mind. Indeed, in sections


Matthew S. Goldstone

navigate the tension between the judicial and moral dimensions of rebuke. In contrast to this binary approach, the present chapter demonstrates how the DSS and the Gospels each include texts that gravitate toward opposing ends of the moral-judicial spectrum. The DSS preserve a text that leans toward

Power, Politics and the Cults of Isis

Proceedings of the Vth International Conference of Isis Studies, Boulogne-sur-Mer, October 13-15, 2011


Edited by Laurent Bricault and Miguel John Versluys

In the Hellenistic and Roman world intimate relations existed between those holding power and the cults of Isis. This book is the first to chart these various appropriations over time within a comparative perspective. Ten carefully selected case studies show that “the Egyptian gods” were no exotic outsiders to the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean, but constituted a well institutionalised and frequently used religious option. Ranging from the early Ptolemies and Seleucids to late Antiquity, the case studies illustrate how much symbolic meaning was made with the cults of Isis by kings, emperors, cities and elites. Three articles introduce the theme of Isis and the longue durée theoretically, simultaneously exploring a new approach towards concepts like ruler cult and Religionspolitik.


Michael Segal

worldview, the events of the past, present, and future are mutually illuminating. On the one hand, the events of the present and future may be imagined according to the terms of events that have already taken place; that is, past events may be construed as historical antecedents which determine the content

Carole M. Cusack

Christoph Bochinger and Jörg Rüpke (eds), (2017) Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present; Proceedings of the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions . Berlin: DeGruyter. ix + 296 pp. ISBN 9783110450934 (hbk.) This edited volume results from the


Carol A. Newsom

assumptions that are present in these same documents. A variety of suggestions have been made, mostly to the effect that the sectarians were inconsistent or not fully systematic in their beliefs. 2 This may indeed be the case, though Jonathan Klawans argues that, properly understood, all deterministic


Matthew S. Goldstone

elements that challenge rebuke and Lev. 19:17, Tanḥuma introduces several alternative sources culled from across the Bavli that strongly endorse the practice of reproof. This renewed valuation of rebuke aligns with a preference for other-oriented responsibility, a theme subtly present in the passage


Matthew S. Goldstone

between rebuke and love. The present chapter highlights two divergent approaches to this task, one emerging from the DSS and the other appearing in the Gospels. While love serves as a common reason for both the DSS and the Gospels to reject rebuke targeted toward those outside of one’s community, the