Seek to See Him

Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas
Brill (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 1. Januar 1996
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 211 Seiten
978-90-04-10401-3 (ISBN)
For students, educated laypersons, theologians, and academic specialists who are interested in the history and literature of early Christianity, Gnosticism, Jewish Mysticism, and Hermeticism. A must for academic libraries worldwide.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • mit Schutzumschlag
  • Höhe: 166 mm
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  • Breite: 244 mm
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  • Dicke: 20 mm
  • 558 gr
978-90-04-10401-3 (9789004104013)
9004104011 (9004104011)
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April D. De Conick, Ph.D. (1994) in Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, is Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Michigan. She has published articles on the New Testament and Nag Hammadi literature ( VC 1990, 1991 and 1995). She speaks frequently at conferences about early Christianity and mystical experience.
This monograph represents a critical juncture in Thomas studies since it dispels the belief that the Gospel of Thomas originates from gnostic traditions. Rather, Jewish mystical and Hermetic origins are proposed and examined.
Following this analysis, the anthropogony and soteriology of Thomas are discussed. The Thomasites taught that they were the elect children of the Father, originating from the Light. The human, however, became unworthy of these luminous beginnings and was separated from the divine when Adam sinned. Now he must purify himself by leading an encratite lifestyle. He is to ascend into heaven, seeking a 'visio dei' which will transform him into his original immortal state and grant him citizenship in the Kingdom.

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