By Christian H. Bull, Liv Ingeborg Lied, John D. Turner
Secret and secrecy have been critical thoughts within the ritual, rhetoric, and sociological stratification of vintage Mediterranean religions. That the final word nature and workings of the divine have been mystery, and both couldn't or shouldn't be published other than as a secret for the initiated, was once commonly authorised between Pagans, Jews, after which Christians, either Gnostic and differently. The similarities and transformations within the language of poser and secrecy throughout non secular and cultural borders are therefore the most important for knowing this significant interval of the historical past of religions. the current anthology goals to offer and examine a big variety of assets elucidating this subject matter, reflecting the correspondingly vast scholarly pursuits of Professor Einar Thomassen in honor of his sixtieth birthday.
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25 πιστοὶ οἰκονόμοι αὐτοῦ τῆς τοπαρχίας, ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτὸς οἱ ἀναπαυόμενοι ἐν τῇ ἐξουσίᾳ αὐτῶν. τούτους ἡ ἀγνωσία ἐκάλεσε τοὺς πλάνητας ἀστέρας, ἐφ᾽ ὧν ἡ φθαρτὴ γένεσις ᾐώρηται. Surrounded spherically with the twelveangled pyramid, darkening the gate in the pyramid with many diffferent colors, fĳitting all in the color of night. This one the ignorant call “Korē,” whose offfĳicers are fĳive. ]. Other faithful ministers of his domain— of day and night—are resting in his authority.
It falls to earth and is born into a lot that reflects its piety. This primal fall of the soul begins the soul’s struggle to return to its lofty place in stellar orbit. Plato states that it takes at least 10,000 years for this return to be achieved. After the fĳirst life, the soul receives its judgment and lives for 1,000 years in Hades or heaven. 617c–621b (Slings, Platonis Rempublicam, 403–08). , P. ” 114 Plato, Timaeus 41d–e. 115 Plato, Phaedrus 247 (Burnet, Platonis Opera, 250–51). 116 Plato, Phaedrus 248–49 (Burnet, Platonis Opera, 251–54).
7 οὗ κατ᾽ εἰκόνα ἐγένοντο Πτολεμαῖς ὁ Ἀρσινόης, Διδύμη, Κλεοπάτρα, Ὀλυμπιὰς. δύναμις θεοῦ δεξιά· ἣν ἐκάλεσεν ἡ ἀγνωσία Ῥέαν· οὗ κατ᾽ εἰκόνα ἐγένοντο Ἄττις, Μυγδών, Οἰνώνη. δύναμις28 ἀριστερά· τροφῆς ἐξουσιάζει. in whose image were born Ptolemy son of Arsinoe, Didymâ, Cleopatra, (and) Olympias. A Power of God on the right, the ignorant call Rhea, in whose image were born Attis, Mygdōn, (and) Oenōne. A Power on the left has authority over sustenance. The ignorant call the Power “Demeter;” a name for her is Bena.
Mystery and Secrecy in the Nag Hammadi Collection and Other Ancient Literature: Ideas and Practices. Studies for Einar Thomassen at Sixty by Christian H. Bull, Liv Ingeborg Lied, John D. Turner