By Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen
The booklet illuminates “the different facet” of early Christianity by means of analyzing thinkers and pursuits that have been embraced through many second-century spiritual seekers as valid different types of Christianity, yet that are now mostly forgotten, or are identified merely from the features attributed to them within the writings in their major adversaries. the gathering offers with the subsequent lecturers and events: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus’ college, Marcion, Tatian, Bardaisan, Montanists, Cerinthus, Ebionites, Nazarenes, Jewish-Christianity of the Pseudo-Clementines, and Elchasites. the place applicable, the authors have integrated an outline of the lifestyles and important guides of the “heretics,” besides an outline in their theologies and pursuits. as a result, this quantity can function a instruction manual of the second-century “heretics” and their “heresies.” in view that the entire chapters were written by way of experts who combat day-by-day with their examine issues, the contributions additionally provide new views and insights stimulating additional dialogue in this fascinating—but frequently neglected—side of early Christianity.
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7, Layton’s frg. G, Foerster’s frg. 4. On that passage see Nautin, “Les fragments,” esp. 394–98. For a balanced discussion of Nautin’s arguments see Löhr, Basilides, 138–44. e. Christian Gnostics) as “elect,” as over against the rest of humanity who are not. ”76 This saying is, no doubt, based on a dominical saying that circulated among the Basilidians and was probably known to Basilides himself. Compare the Gospel of Thomas (log. ’”77 Whether or not Basilides knew the Gospel of Thomas,78 there is no doubt that he regarded those “chosen” or “elect” as relatively few in number.
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1. The Biblical Seth in Jewish Speculation Though there is not much development of the ﬁgure Seth in Genesis itself, Seth does receive further attention in later Jewish literature. 7 Yet they are helpful in understanding what is encountered in “Sethian” sources from Nag Hammadi and elsewhere. Here we need provide only a brief summary of examples of the attention paid to Seth in ancient Jewish texts, in two broad categories: The special place of Seth as ancestor, and Seth as possessor of special wisdom.