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Gnosticism and the New Testament

Gnosticism and the New TestamentGnosticism and the New Testament
In this helpful survey Pheme Perkins addresses:
  • The origins of Gnosticism
  • The search for pre-Christian Gnosticism
  • Gnosticism and Judaism
  • Gnostic materials and the sayings of Jesus
  • Gnosis and the Pauline tradition
  • Redeemer myths and New Testament hymns
  • Gnostic understandings of Jesus as heavenly revealer
  • The place of women in gnostic sects
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  • Depth 0.75
  • Format Paperback
  • Height 9
  • ISBN 9780800628017
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Pages 272
  • Width 6
  • Release Date Dec 1, 1993

Endorsements

"In Gnosticism and the New Testament a highly respected scholar presents a reliable and well-researched account of the interrelationships of Gnosticism and New Testament Christianity from their respective prehistory into the fourth century. Professor Perkins draws upon all the relevant sources and enters into dialogue with the views of numerous scholars of this and previous generations in giving us what will surely become a landmark work in the field."
— Birger A. Pearson, University of California-Santa Barbara

"A quarter century after R. McL. Wilson's Gnosis and the New Testament, Pheme Perkins has written a superb and compelling account of the history and interaction of gnostic and New Testament traditions. Thoroughly conversant with Nag Hammadi literature and its scholarship, Perkins's book is a thorough, judicious, and balanced treatment of the classic and difficult issues involved in the origins and history of Gnosticism and its place(s) in early Christianity."
— David M. Scholer, North Park College and Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction

    PART ONE: GNOSTIC ORIGINS

  1. The Search for Pre-Christian Gnosticism
    Simon Magus
    Jewish Syncretism
    Gnostic Mythemes and Alienation
    A Demonized World
    Summary

  2. Gnosticism and the Jewish Connection
    A Samaritan Origin?
    Lingquistic Evidence for Palestinian Traditions
    Enoch raditions in Gnostic Mythology
    Anti-Jewish Midrash
    Christianizing Early Gnostic Traditions
    Summary

  3. Gnostic Influence and the New Testament
    Variations on the Redeemer Figure
    Gnostic Elements in the New Testament
    Cultic Innovation and Mythology
    Summary

  4. Reconstructing Gnostic History
    On the Margins of Judasim
    Gnostic Teachers of the Second Century
    Valentinians
    Sethian Tradition History
    Summary

    PART TWO: GNOSTIC AND NEW TESTAMENT TRADITIONS

  5. Jesus as Teacher of Wisdom: Sayings and Revelation
    Gospel of Thomas and the Sayings Tradition
    Dialogue of the Savior
    Sayings in Gospel of Truth
    Kingdom Parables and Gnosis
    Recovering the Divine Image
    Praxis in Gospel of Thomas
    Summary

  6. Gnosis and the Pauline Tradition
    Pauline Opponents (Schmithals)
    Gnostic Mythemnes and Pauline Anthropology
    Eschatology and Anthropology
    The Divine Image
    Summary

  7. Redeemer Myths and New Testament Hymns
    The Revealer Appears in the World
    The Powers React
    Christianizing the Gnostic Redeemer
    The Revealer in Zostrianos
    The Revealer in Gospel of the Egyptians
    Summary

  8. Jesus as Word
    Wisdom and Myth in John's Prologue
    A Gnostic Reading of John's Prologue
    John's Prologue and Trimorphic Protennoia
    The Word as Revealer
    Summary

  9. Discourses of the Revealer
    Jesus Reveals God
    Postresurrection Revelations
    The Style of the Revelation Discourse
    Johannine Discourse and the Sayings Tradition (Koester)
    "I Am" Predications as Text and Riddle
    Discourse and the Elect Community
    Summary

    PART THREE: GNOSTIC CHRISTIANITY

  10. Gnostic Identity: Conversion and Asceticism
    Interpretation and Antinomianism
    The Danger of the Demonic
    A Call to Conversion
    Salvation and Metaphor in Gospel of Truth
    Conflict over Ascetic Practice
    The Rhetoric of 1 John and Gospel of Truth
    Summary

  11. Women Disciplies and Worshipers
    Women in the Marcosian Sect
    Women in Pauline Traditions
    The Ambiguity of the Feminine
    The Suffering of Wisdom
    Repentance Displaces Wisdom
    Summary

  12. Christians: Gnostic and Orthodox
    Gnostic Christian Writings
    Irenaeus Against the Gnostics
    Jesus' Disciples in Gnostic Sources
    Christian Gnostics and Religious Pluralism
    Christian Gnostics and the Gospel Canon
    Summary

    Abbreviations
    Notes
    Glossary
    Bibliography Index of Ancient Sources
    Index of Modern Authors
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