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Ancient Egypt and the Origins of Gnosticism

David Falk

Published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
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Title: Ancient Egypt and the Origins of Gnosticism

Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

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Paperback. 144 pages. Dimensions: 8.7in. x 5.9in. x 0.3in.Current scholarship suggests that the origin of Gnosticism was the result of either competing Christianities or pre-Christian Jewish heresy. These views depend upon the integration of Neoplatonism as a foundational philosophy to the genesis of Gnosticism. However, the lack of early Neoplatonic textual evidence presents a problem that inhibits a solid case for the Jewish heresy view. Yet, the evidence overwhelmingly supports the identity of pre-Christian Gnostic sects. This monograph contributes to the dialogue on the development of Gnosticism by introducing Egyptian literature with philosophical undercurrents that could have led to the development of Gnostic doctrine. Egyptian theologies provide a set of philosophical constructs and literary traditions necessary for the genesis and development of first century BC Gnostic sects. As a test case, the rise of the Hermopolitan theology will be traced from the first dynasty through the literary traditions of Egypt until it developed into Gnostic and Hermetic thought in order to inductively provide a more plausible explanation for the development of Gnosticism. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783847315469

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Synopsis: Current scholarship suggests that the origin of Gnosticism was the result of either competing Christianities or pre-Christian Jewish heresy. These views depend upon the integration of Neoplatonism as a foundational philosophy to the genesis of Gnosticism. However, the lack of early Neoplatonic textual evidence presents a problem that inhibits a solid case for the Jewish heresy view. Yet, the evidence overwhelmingly supports the identity of pre-Christian Gnostic sects. This monograph contributes to the dialogue on the development of Gnosticism by introducing Egyptian literature with philosophical undercurrents that could have led to the development of Gnostic doctrine. Egyptian theologies provide a set of philosophical constructs and literary traditions necessary for the genesis and development of first century BC Gnostic sects. As a test case, the rise of the Hermopolitan theology will be traced from the first dynasty through the literary traditions of Egypt until it developed into Gnostic and Hermetic thought in order to inductively provide a more plausible explanation for the development of Gnosticism.

About the Author: David Falk holds four earned degrees from the University of British Columbia, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the University of Toronto. He is published in the areas of the Ancient Near East and New Religious Movements and has worked for many of the leading technology companies in North America, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle.

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