Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism / Edition 1

Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism / Edition 1

by Karen L. King
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563383314

ISBN-13: 9781563383311

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

In this groundbreaking collection of essays, King and other contributors engage in a systematic study of issues of gender in Gnosticism. Using a variety of critical methods, the writers ask questions such as: What is the relationship of gendered images to the real lives of women and men? Did ascetic or libertine practices offer an attractive alternative to

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In this groundbreaking collection of essays, King and other contributors engage in a systematic study of issues of gender in Gnosticism. Using a variety of critical methods, the writers ask questions such as: What is the relationship of gendered images to the real lives of women and men? Did ascetic or libertine practices offer an attractive alternative to women in a patriarchal society? Are the images of strong, female goddesses, saviors, and heroines an indication Gnosticism would have been attractive to women? Is it plausible that women in some gnostic groups were authors, teachers, and leaders? Is it possible that some of the Gnostic texts we possess were written by women? What parts did women play in ritual? Did asceticism or libertinism have a different set of social functions for women than for men? These lucid essays offer significant insights into the cultural context and religious practices of Gnosticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563383311
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Studies in Antiquity & Christianity Series
Edition description:
LST TRINIT
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Editor's Foreword
Abbreviations
1Variety in Gnostic Perspectives on Gender2
2Gender and Generation: Observations on Coptic Terminology, with Particular Attention to Valentinian Texts23
3A Response to Gender and Generation41
4Prouneikos. A Colorful Expression to Designate Wisdom in Gnostic Texts47
5A Response to Prouneikos67
6Jewish and Greek Heroines in the Nag Hammadi Library71
7A Response to Jewish and Greek Heroines91
8Sophia as Goddess in the Nag Hammadi Codices96
9Very Goddess and Very Man: Jesus' Better Self113
10A Response to Very Goddess and Very Man128
11Female Figures in the Gnostic Sondergut in Hippolytus's Refutatio136
12A Response to Female Figures153
13Sophia and Christ in the Apocryphon of John158
14A Response to Sophia and Christ177
15Pursuing the Spiritual Eve: Imagery and Hermeneutics in the Hypostasis of the Archons and the Gospel of Philip187
16A Response to Pursuing the Spiritual Eve207
17"The Holy Spirit Is a Double Name": Holy Spirit, Mary, and Sophia in the Gospel of Philip211
18A Response to "The Holy Spirit Is a Double Name"228
19Virginity and Subversion: Norea Against the Powers in the Hypostasis of the Archons239
20A Response to Virginity and Subversion259
21Revisiting Norea265
22Corinthian Veils and Gnostic Androgynes276
23A Response to Corinthian Veils293
24Flee Femininity: Antifemininity in Gnostic Texts and the Question of Social Milieu297
25The Social Functions of Women's Asceticism in the Roman East308
26A Response to The Social Functions of Women's Asceticism324
27Libertine or Liberated: Women in the So-called Libertine Gnostic Communities329
28Sex Education in Gnostic Schools345
29A Response to Sex Education in Gnostic Schools361
30Vitiated Seeds and Holy Vessels: Augustine's Manichean Past367
31A Response to Vitiated Seeds and Holy Vessels402
32Adam and Eve and the Serpent in Genesis 1 - 3412
Works Cited425
Index447

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