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insofar as their rebellious attitudes do not imply radical rejections of the whole system but rather lay claim to corrections within it. Metaphysical rebellion is rather “a claim, motivated by the concept of a complete unity, against the suffering of life and death , and a protest against the human

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

the main motifs of that life is aspiring to an ethical education, correct self-understanding, and taking care of one’s own soul, which is described as an “inner” camp, city, or temple. 21 The exhortation shows a modified Stoic understanding of virtue from “the way of living in harmony with nature

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Author: David Brakke

Epinoia or Afterthought, Wisdom can thenceforth appear as Afterthought or indeed as Life, Zoē. 34 Afterthought, Wisdom, Life—they are not the same, and yet they are. Alternatively, in the Gospel of the Egyptians, the divine self-originate Word (Logos) becomes fused with the Adamas to create a single

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Author: Bas van Os

is used in the more familiar sense of emotions and strong desires. In the 2007 The Nag Hammadi Scriptures , therefore, Pearson gives a remarkably different translation: But when they are full of passion, this is their motivating idea: “If we give ourselves up to death for the sake of the name

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

the sake of recruitment and earning a living. Privatization creates a space for groups to turn their deviance into social capital, that is, any feature of social life that benefits and enables the group to more effectively empower group locomotion or momentum in the pursuit of shared objectives. 88

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

questions. They worry about why there is suffering in the world, and they think more than most people about the big questions of meaning and the purpose of life. They are discontented with normative answers to life’s questions that are provided by the conventional faiths, and have a tendency to be highly

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Author: Mitch Horowitz

the Creator and become a full part of that creation. Insofar as this entity is concerned, this is the third appearance on this plane, and before this one, as the monk. We see glimpses in the life of the entity now as were shown in the monk, in his mode of living. The body is only the vehicle ever of

In: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

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

, as the formula often reads, “life and light”, 2 that acts directly in beneficial ways from a distance on all beings in the universe. It enlivens all of nature and brings it to fruition. Yet solar light is the physical manifestation of its principle, divine light, which first created the world; and

In: Hellenistic Astronomy

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