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Paradise Reconsidered in Gnostic Mythmaking: Rethinking Sethianism in Light of the Ophite Evidence

Paradise Reconsidered in Gnostic Mythmaking: Rethinking Sethianism in Light of the Ophite Evidence (Hardback)

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This book offers a new understanding of Sethianism and the origins of Gnosticism by examining the mythology in and social reality behind a group of texts to which certain leaders of the early church occasionally attached the label `Ophite.' In the unique Ophite mythology, which rewrites the Genesis paradise story and is attested, for example, in Irenaeus' Adversus haereses 1.30, The Apocryphon of John and On the Origin of the World, the snake's advice to eat of the tree of knowledge is considered positive, the creator and his angels are turned into demonic beasts and the true Godhead is presented as an androgynous heavenly projection of Adam and Eve. It is argued that Hans-Martin Schenke's influential model of the `Sethian system' only reveals part of a larger whole to which the Ophite material belongs as an important and organic component.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsEclectic & esoteric religions & belief systemsReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalHistory of religion Publisher: Brill Publication Date: 15/08/2009 ISBN-13: 9789004173231  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Tuomas Rasimus, Ph.D., Th.D. (2006-7), earned his doctorates from a joint degree between Universite Laval and University of Helsinki. He has published articles related to Gnosticism, New Testament and Neoplatonism, and is the editor of The Legacy of John (Brill, 2009).

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