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Published 2009
Paradise reconsidered in Gnostic mythmaking : rethinking Sethianism in light of the Ophite evidence /

: This book offers a new understanding of Sethianism and the origins of Gnosticism by examining the mythology in and social reality behind a group of texts to which certain leaders of the early church occasionally attached the label 'Ophite.' In the unique Ophite mythology, which rewrites the Genesis paradise story and is attested, for example, in Irenaeus' Adversus haereses 1.30, The Apocryphon of John and On the Origin of the World , the snake's advice to eat of the tree of knowledge is considered positive, the creator and his angels are turned into demonic beasts and the true Godhead is presented as an androgynous heavenly projection of Adam and Eve. It is argued that Hans-Martin Schenke's influential model of the 'Sethian system' only reveals part of a larger whole to which the Ophite material belongs as an important and organic component.
: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Helsinki and Université Laval, 2006. : 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-312) and indexes. : 9789047426707 : Available to subscribing member institutions only.

Published 2013
Gnosticism, Platonism and the late ancient world : essays in honour of John D. Turner /

: This Festschrift honors the life and work of John D. Turner (Charles J. Mach University Professor of Classics and History at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln) on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Professor Turner's work has been of profound importance for the study of the interaction between Greek philosophy and Gnosticism in late antiquity. This volume contains essays by international scholars on a broad range of topics that deal with Sethian, Valentinian and other early Christian thought, as well as with Platonism and Neoplatonism, and offer a variety of perspectives spanning intellectual history, Greek and Coptic philology, and the study of religions.
: 1 online resource (li, 701 pages) : portrait. : "Bibliography of John D. Turner"--p. xliii-li.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes. : 9789004254763 : Available to subscribing member institutions only.

Published 2010
The legacy of John : second-century reception of the Fourth Gospel /

: This volume investigates the early, second-century reception of the Fourth Gospel. This is an era when its fortunes are surrounded by silence and mystery. It was assumed, until quite recently, that Gnostic and other so-called heterodox groups were the first ones to appreciate this gospel, and hence the mainstream Christians avoided using it until Irenaeus rescued it for the church. Lately, this view has been challenged by several scholars for several reasons. The contributions in this volume, written by leading specialists in their respective fields, offer an approachable, fresh, comprehensive and up-to-date view of the second-century reception of John's Gospel, in a situation where new understandings about various forms of early Christianity and its multiformity have started to emerge.
: 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references and indexes. : 9789047429777 : 0167-9732 ; : Available to subscribing member institutions only.