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The Spiritual Seed: The Church of the Valentinians (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies) [Hardcover]

By Einar Thomassen (Author)
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This book is a comprehensive study of "Valentinianism," the most important Gnostic Christian movement in Antiquity. It is the first attempt to make full use of the Valentinian documents from Nag Hammadi as well as the reports of the Church Fathers.

The book discusses the difference between the Eastern and the Western branches of Valentinianism, and argues that individual sources must always be understood in the context of the historical development of Valentinian doctrines. It also analyses the ideas about the incarnation, protological theories, and initiation practice, as well as the dynamic relationship between these building-blocks of Valentinian doctrine. A final chapter studies anew the doctrine of Valentinus himself and outlines the history of the movement. The book's usefulness lies in its attempt to bring together for the first time all the sources so as to construct a coherent picture of Valentinian Christianity.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   566
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.6"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 15, 2005
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004148027  
ISBN13  9789004148024  

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The Spiritual Seed  Feb 16, 2006
This book is an attempt to give a coherent account of "Valentinianism" by making full use of all the sources now available for understanding this peculiar form of Christianity. Such an account is in fact long overdue, considering that the Valentinian texts from Nag Hammadi have now been available for over three decades, and no systematic attempt has been made to integrate them into an overall interpretation of the history and doctrines of Valentinianism. Much valuable work has indeed been done on the individual Nag Hammadi tractates during this time, and important Valentinian figures - Valentinus himself, Marcus "the Magician," Heracleon - have recently attracted new interest and been the subjects of detailed monographs. It is also necessary, however, to paint the larger picture. Indeed, such a wider context is needed not least in order that the individual Valentinian documents themselves may be properly understood, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that become fully meaningful only when they are placed in relation to the depicted scene as a whole.

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