Mystery and Secrecy in the Nag Hammadi Collection and Other Ancient Literature: Ideas and Practices: Studies for Einar Thomassen at Sixty

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Christian H. Bull, Liv Lied, John D. Turner
BRILL, Oct 28, 2011 - Religion - 540 pages
Mystery and secrecy were central concepts in the ritual, rhetoric, and sociological stratification of antique Mediterranean religions. That the ultimate nature and workings of the divine were secret, and either could not or should not be revealed except as a mystery for the initiated, was widely accepted among Pagans, Jews, and then Christians, both Gnostic and otherwise. The similarities and differences in the language of mystery and secrecy across religious and cultural borders are thus crucial for understanding this important period of the history of religions. The present anthology aims to present and analyze a wide selection of sources elucidating this theme, reflecting the correspondingly wide scholarly interests of Professor Einar Thomassen in honor of his 60th birthday.
 

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Contents

The Mysteries of the Peratics
3
Interprétation dune formule barbare chez les gnostiques valentiniens daprès le Contre les hérésies dIrénée I 213
39
Mystery and Secrecy in The Secret Revelation of John
61
Sethian Books of the Nag Hammadi Library as Secret Books
87
Sens apparent et sens caché dans lÉvangile selon Philippe
107
Invocation et glorification du Nom divin dans le Livre sacré du grand Esprit invisible ou Évangile égyptien NHC III2 NHC IV2
119
The Term μυστήριον in CopticManichaean Texts
133
Secrets et révélation dans le codex Tchacos
145
Mystery and Secrecy in Paul
287
Mystère et mystères dans les Actes de Thomas
303
A Suggestion Concerning the Origins of Christological Fish Symbolism
327
Part Three Mystery and Secrecy in NonChristian Practices Text Traditions and Material Culture
349
Secrecy and Initiation in the Mithraic Communities of Fourth Century Rome
351
A Thin Description
375
The Notion of Mysteries in the Formation of Hermetic Tradition
399
Mystery Instruction and Knowledge in 2 Baruch
427

From Hidden to Revealed in Sethian Revelation Ritual and Protology
161
Part Two Mystery and Secrecy in Other Christian Practices Text Traditions and Material Culture
203
Esotericism and Evagrius of Pontus
205
Secrecy in the Gospel of John
221
The Secret of an Early Christian Mystical Experience
245
Mystery and Authority in the Writings of Shenoute
259
The Mithras Liturgy as Mystery and Magic
447
The Secret Hymn in Hermetic Texts
465
Reflections on Recent Theories and Their Relevance for the Historian of Religion
487
Index of Ancient Literary Sources
511
Index of Keywords
538
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Liv Ingeborg Lied, Dr.Art. (2007) in the History of Religions, University of Bergen (Norway), is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo. She has published on the Pseudepigrapha and their reception history. Christian H. Bull, is Ph.D-student in the History of Religions, University of Bergen (Norway). He has published on Hermetism. John D. Turner, Ph.D. (Duke, 1970) in Religion, is Cotner Professor of Religious Studies and C. J. Mach University Professor of Classics and History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in Biblical Studies, Gnosticism, and the History of Hellenistic/Graeco-Roman Religions.

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