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Cosmology and fate in gnosticism and Graeco-Roman antiquity : under pitiless skies

Author: Nicola Denzey Lewis
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
Series: Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies, 81.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Nicola Denzey Lewis dismisses Hans Jonas' mischaracterization of second-century Gnosticism as a philosophically-oriented religious movement built on the perception of the cosmos as negative or enslaving. A focused study on the concept of astrological fate in 'Gnostic' writings including the Apocryphon of John, the recently-discovered Gospel of Judas, Trimorphic Protennoia, and the Pistis Sophia, this  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicola Denzey Lewis
ISBN: 9789004245488 9004245480
OCLC Number: 822229917
Description: xiii, 206 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Were the gnostics cosmic pessimists? --
Nag Hammadi and the providential cosmos --
"This body of death" : cosmic malevolence and enslavement to sin in Pauline exegesis --
Heimarmene at Nag Hammadi : the Apocryphon of John and On the origin of the world --
Middle platonism, Heimarmene, and the Corpus Hermeticum --
Ways out I : interventions of the savior god --
Ways out II : baptism and cosmic freedom : a new genisis --
Astral "determinism" in the Gospel of Judas --
Conclusions, and a new way forward.
Series Title: Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies, 81.
Responsibility: by Nicola Denzey Lewis.

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In Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity, Denzey Lewis explores the rhetoric of "enslavement to fate" in the intellectual history of the 2nd century C.E., which she argues is  Read more...

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