By Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

The ebook illuminates “the different facet” of early Christianity via analyzing thinkers and pursuits that have been embraced by means of many second-century spiritual seekers as valid different types of Christianity, yet that are now mostly forgotten, or are recognized in simple terms from the features attributed to them within the writings in their major adversaries. the gathering offers with the next lecturers and hobbies: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus’ institution, Marcion, Tatian, Bardaisan, Montanists, Cerinthus, Ebionites, Nazarenes, Jewish-Christianity of the Pseudo-Clementines, and Elchasites. the place acceptable, the authors have integrated an summary of the lifestyles and critical guides of the “heretics,” besides an outline in their theologies and pursuits. accordingly, this quantity can function a instruction manual of the second-century “heretics” and their “heresies.” because the entire chapters were written through experts who combat day-by-day with their study topics, the contributions additionally provide new views and insights stimulating extra dialogue in this fascinating—but usually neglected—side of early Christianity.

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Brill, 1975). 38 michael a. williams frame story claiming Seth’s authorship of this writing—though in spite of this fictional authorship Seth is always referred to in the third person in the frame story and elsewhere in the narrative. The first half of the Holy Book contains an account of the emanation of all the entities in the divine realm of “perfection” (Greek: plèroma). A brief summary will provide an impression of the rather elaborate mythology in this part of the Holy Book, as well as a point of reference for inferring some of the fundamental religious convictions behind this type of literature.

73 P. Nautin, “Les fragments de Basilide sur la souffrance et leur interprétation par Clement d’Alexandrie et Origène,” in Melanges Puech, 393–404, esp. 401–3. The other passage is Origen, Comm. Matt. 38, Löhr’s frg. 17, where Origen attributes to Basilides the doctrine that the only punishment for sin is reincarnation of the soul after death. 74 Strom. 1, Löhr’s frg. 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.

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