ISBN-10:
9004167331
ISBN-13:
9789004167339
Pub. Date:
02/25/2008
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
The Spiritual Seed - The Church of the 'Valentinians' (paperback)

The Spiritual Seed - The Church of the 'Valentinians' (paperback)

by Einar Thomassen
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ISBN-13: 9789004167339
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2008
Pages: 545
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Einar Thomassen obtained his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in 1982, and has been Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Bergen since 1993. His publications include Le Traité Tripartite (1989) and numerous articles and books about Gnosticism and ancient religions generally.

Table of Contents

PART I VALENTINIANISM EAST AND WEST

1 The Valentinians of Irenaeus
2 “Valentinus” in Iren. Haer. I 11:1
3 The doctrine of Theodotus
4 The two “schools”
5 The soteriology of The Tripartite Tractate
6 The soteriology of Irenaeus’ system
7 The soteriology of Exc. 43:2–65
8 The soteriology of Iren. Haer. I 7:2
9 The soteriology of Hipp. Haer. VI 29–36
10 Provisional conclusions
11 Eastern soteriologies: The Treatise on the Resurrection
12 Eastern soteriologies: The Interpretation of Knowledge
13 Eastern soteriologies: The Gospel of Philip
14 The soteriology of Heracleon
15 The position of Ptolemy

PART II THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF VALENTINIANISM

16 Salvation in history and ritual
17 Salvation in history and protological myth
18 Protology, salvation history, and ritual
19 Conclusion to Part II

PART III VALENTINIAN PROTOLOGY

20 The pleromatology
21 The myth of separation and restoration
22 Chronology of the protologies
23 The meaning and origins of Valentinian protology
24 The transformation of eschatology to protology

PART IV VALENTINIAN INITIATION

25 The sources
26 Initiation: Synopsis of the acts
y of the initiation ritual
28 The historical position of Valentinian initiation
29 A ritual for the dying

PART V VALENTINUS AND THE “VALENTINIANS”

30 Valentinus: biography and sources
31 Valentinus: a study of the fragments
32 Valentinians: fragments of the history of Valentinianism

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