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The Spiritual Seed – The Church of the ‘Valentinians’ (paperback)

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Jacob Albert van den Berg. Bishop of Constantia in Cyprus Epiphanius of Salamis. Anna Van den Kerchove. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Description 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 seee 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. This volume is also available as paperback.


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Book I Frank Williams. Practicing Gnosis April D. The Nag Hammadi Story 2 vols. Augustine, Manichaeism and other Gnosticism Annemare Kotze. Manichaeism and Its Legacy J. Gnosis und Spatantike Religionsgeschichte Kurt Rudolph. La voie d’Hermes Anna Van den Kerchove.

The Spiritual Seed – The Church of the ‘Valentinians’ (paperback)

VI 10 Provisional conclusions 11 Eastern soteriologies: The Treatise on the Resurrection 12 Eastern soteriologies: The Interpretation of Knowledge 13 Eastern soteriologies: Review quote “The author has a good sense of the philosophical and theological issues at stake and situates the tradition well in the intellectual world of the second century This monograph will make a major contribution to the study of early Christian life and thought.

Through his close readings of the often fragmentary ancient sources, Thomassen pieces together a compelling reconstruction of the history, teachings, and rituals of this fascinating branch of the early Christian movement. The book concludes with an original portrait of Valentinus himself. Newcomers to the study of Valentinianism will profit from the book’s clear introduction to sded important questions and figures, while specialists will find fresh insights and seasoned judgments on nearly every page.


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This is the one book that anyone interested in Valentinian Christianity should read. The Church of the “Valentinians” is by far the most important, thorough, and authoritative treatment of Valentinian Christianity in the 60 years since the publication of Francois Sagnard’s La gnose valentinienne et le temoignage de saint Irenee in Its 32 chapters contain an exhaustive and careful analysis of all extant Valentinian literature from the Nag Hammadi library, the commentaries of Heracleon, Theodotus’ Excerpts, and Ptolemy’s Letter to Flora, and all the patristic testimonies that in turn were based on nearly a score of no-longer extant texts, well as all the fragmentary but non-systematic remains of psalms, homilies and letters that can be attributed to Valentinus himself.

The Spiritual Seed is now the definitive treatment of Valentinianism and its biblical and philosophical bases, a “must have” for all scholars-and their research libraries-of ancient Gnosticism, second-century Christian history and thought, and historians of later Greek philosophy. Turner, University of Nebraska at Lincoln show more. His publications include Le Traite Tripartite and numerous articles and books about Gnosticism and ancient religions generally.

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