Gnostica, Judaica, Catholica. Collected Essays of Gilles Quispel

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This volume brings together a rich and varied collection of essays by Gilles Quispel (1916-2006), Professor of the History of the Early Church at Utrecht University from 1951 until his retirement in 1983. During his illustrious career, Professor Quispel was also visiting Professor at Harvard University in 1964/65, and visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven from 1969 until 1974.
The fifty essays collected in this volume testify to most of the prominent themes from Professor Quispel’s scholarly career: the writings of the Nag Hammadi library in general and the Gospel of Thomas in particular; Tatian’s Diatessaron and its influences; the Hermetica; Mani and Manichaeism; the Jewish origins of Gnosticism; and Gnosis and the future of Christianity. This volume also makes a number of his less known earlier publications (mainly presented under the heading ‘Catholica’) available to the international community.
Until shortly before he died, Professor Quispel remained active in his study of the Gospel of Thomas. He had been one of the first to acquire the Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas, of which he published the first translation in 1959 and his final translation in 2005. He was also active in researching the Diatessaron, and Valentinus ‘the Gnostic’. One of his most recent essays - published for the first time in this volume - is on ‘the Muslim Jesus.’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004139459
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies Series , #55
  • Pages: 869
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Johannes van Oort, Doctor in Theology at the University of Utrecht (1986), is Professor of Patristics and Gnosticism at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and visiting professor of Patristics at the University of Pretoria.

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Table of Contents


Preface Johannes van Oort van Oort, Johannes

Gnostic Letters from Bilthoven April D. DeConick DeConick, April D.

Gilles Quispel ou l'interiorite de la Jean-Pierre Mahe Mahe, Jean-Pierre


Pt. I Gnostica

Ch. 1 Christliche Gnosis, judische Gnosis, hermetische Gnosis 3

Ch. 2 Coptic Gnostic Writings 37

Ch. 3 The Demiurge in the Apocryphon of John 43

Ch. 4 A Diatessaron Reading in a Latin Manichaean Codex 77

Ch. 5 The Diatessaron in Iceland and Norway Andrea van Arkel-De Leeuw van Weenen van Weenen, Andrea van Arkel-De Leeuw 83

Ch. 6 The Diatessaron of Romanos 85

Ch. 7 A General Introduction to the Study of the Diatessaron of Tatian 93

Ch. 8 Genius and Spirit 103

Ch. 9 Gnosis als Erfahrung 119

Ch. 10 Gnosis and Culture 141

Ch. 11 Gnosticism 155

Ch. 12 The Gospel of Thomas Revisited 175

Ch. 13 The Gospel of Thomas and the Trial of Jesus 227

Ch. 14 Das Hebraerevangelium im gnostischen Evangelium nach Maria 237

Ch. 15 Hermann Hesse and Gnosis 243

Ch. 16 Mani et la tradition evangelique des judeo-chretiens 263

Ch. 17 Marcion and the Text of the New Testament 271

Ch. 18 Note sur "Basilide" 285

Ch. 19 Origen and the Valentinian Gnosis 289

Ch. 20 Saint Augustin et l'Evangile selon Thomas 305

Ch. 21 Some remarks on the Gospel of Thomas 311

Ch. 22 The Study of Encratism: A Historical Survey 329

Ch. 23 Valentinian Gnosis and the Apocryphon of John 365

Ch. 24 Valentinus and the Gnostikoi 381

Pt. II Judaica

Ch. 25 African Christianity before Minucius Felix and Tertullian 389

Ch. 26 Ezekiel 1,26 in Jewish Mysticism and Gnosis 461

Ch. 27 The Fourth Gospel and the Judaic Gospel Tradition 475

Ch. 28 Jewish Christian GospelTradition 481

Ch. 29 Jewish Gnosis and Mandaean Gnosticism. Some reflections on the Writing Bronte 487

Ch. 30 A Jewish Source of Minucius Felix 529

Ch. 31 Judaism and Gnosis 539

Ch. 32 Jung and Pauli 567

Ch. 33 Meristae 573

Ch. 34 Plotinus and the Jewish Gnostikoi 583

Ch. 35 The Muslim Jesus 627

Pt. III Catholica

Ch. 36 African Christianity before Tertullian 665

Ch. 37 Anima naturaliter christiana 671

Ch. 38 An Apocryphal Variant in Macarius 679

Ch. 39 Apocalyptics and Gnosis from Job to Jan van Eyck 685

Ch. 40 The Epistle to the Laodiceans: A Marcionite Forgery 689

Ch. 41 Eros and Agape in the Gospel of John 695

Ch. 42 L'Extase de Saint Paul 699

Ch. 43 God is Love 715

Ch. 44 Gregory of Nyssa and Mysticism 733

Ch. 45 The Holy Spirit According to the Early Church 739

Ch. 46 The Holy Spirit as Woman in Apocalypse 12 749

Ch. 47 Johannesevangelium und Gnosis 753

Ch. 48 Time and History in Catholic Christianity, especially Augustine 785

Ch. 49 Utrecht and the Conversion of Germany. Liudger and the Gospel of Thomas 807

Pt. IV Epilogue

Ch. 50 Gnosis and the Future of Christian Religion 823

Index of Biblical Texts 833

Index of Other Ancient Texts 838

Index of Names and Subjects 856

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