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SKELMANTHORPE LIONEL WICKHAM The spiritual seed. few decades Einar Thomassen has emerged as one of the most prominent scholars on Valentinian. Results 1 – 18 of 18 The Spiritual Seed: The Church of the “Valentinians” [Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies, Vol. 60] by Thomassen, Einar and a great. The Spiritual Seed – The Church of the ‘Valentinians’ by Einar Thomassen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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The book concludes with an original portrait of Valentinus himself. I was also surprised to see that seef scholars were ignored in this book, typically those who advocate discussions of ethics, social dynamics or genre analysis, all of which are unimportant for Thomassen. Through his close readings of the often fragmentary ancient sources, Thomassen pieces together a compelling reconstruction of the history, teachings, and thomasssen of this fascinating branch of the early Christian movement.

Given the rising appreciation for ancient social history — not only in classics, archaeology and ancient history, but also in early Christian studies — this lack of attention is disappointing. While it is certainly an important study, written by a leading scholar on the subject, it does not meet the perhaps excessive expec- tations that had spifitual advanced. Through his close readings of the often fragmentary ancient sources, Thomassen pieces together a compelling reconstruction sspiritual the history, teachings, and rituals of this fascinating branch of the early Christian movement.

My criticisms aside, this book is an important contribution and will certainly shape the debates over this Christian movement for at least the next decade. Thomassdn is the first attempt to make full use of the Valentinian documents from Nag Hammadi as well as the reports of the Church Fathers. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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The booka TM s usefulness lies in its attempt to bring together for the first time all the sources so as to construct a coherent picture of Valentinian Christianity. Thomassen claims that the eastern systems are to be given historical priority, with the western as developments or deviations from the eastern. The Church of the Valentinians, by Einar Thomassen. Jacob van den Berg. Although the text is not a documentary record of a debate, Dunn does not doubt that such a debate may have taken place, and he does see in the work valuable.

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His publications include Le Traite Tripartite and numerous articles and books about Gnosticism and ancient religions generally. The book discusses the difference between the Eastern and the Western branches of Valentinianism, thomasden argues that individual sources must always be understood in the context of the historical development of Valentinian doctrines.

Throughout the book there is an odd mixture of prolonged arguments sometimes points are unnecessarily drawn out, thomasesn as the embryological reading of the Tripartite tractate and dismissive treatments of opposing views coupled with unsubstantiated assertions or constructed logical problems that likely were not problematic for the ancient writers.

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References to this book The Gnostic Discoveries: His publications include Le Traite Tripartite and numerous articles and books about Gnosticism and ancient religions generally. Bishop of Constantia in Cyprus Epiphanius of Salamis. A final chapter studies anew the doctrine of Valentinus himself and outlines the history of the movement. It is the first attempt to make full use of the Valentinian documents from Nag Hammadi as well as the reports of the Church Fathers.

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It also analyses the ideas about the incarnation, protological theories, and initiation practice, as well as the dynamic relationship between these building-blocks of Valentinian doctrine. Back cover copy This book is a comprehensive study of a oeValentinianism, a the most important Gnostic Christian movement in Antiquity. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of A final chapter studies anew the doctrine of Valentinus himself and outlines the history of the movement.

Turner, University of Nebraska at Lincoln show more. The book s usefulness lies in its attempt to bring together for the first time all the sources so as to construct a coherent picture of Valentinian Christianity.

Its 32 chapters spiritul an exhaustive and careful analysis of all extant Valentinian literature from the Nag Hammadi library, the commentaries thpmassen Heracleon, Theodotus’ Excerpts, and Ptolemy’s Letter to Flora, and all the patristic testimonies that in turn were based on nearly a score of no-longer extant texts, well as all the fragmentary but non-systematic remains of psalms, homilies and letters that can be attributed to Valentinus himself.

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VI 10 Provisional conclusions 11 Eastern soteriologies: The Church of the Valentinians. Description This book is a comprehensive study of “Valentinianism,” the most important Gnostic Christian movement in Antiquity. La voie d’Hermes Anna Van den Kerchove.

Newcomers to the study of Valentinianism will profit from the book’s clear introduction to the important questions and figures, while specialists will find fresh insights and seasoned judgments on nearly every page. Help Center Find new research papers in: It also analyses the ideas about the incarnation, protological theories, and initiation practice, as well as the dynamic relationship between these building-blocks of Valentinian doctrine.

The book discusses the difference between the Eastern and the Western branches of Valentinianism, and argues that individual sources must always be understood in the context of the historical development of Valentinian doctrines.

I think there may just be something in this speculation. The Spiritual Seed is now the definitive treatment of Valentinianism and its biblical and philosophical bases, a “must have” for all scholars-and their research libraries-of ancient Gnosticism, second-century Christian history and thought, and historians of later Greek philosophy.

Understand- ing of two major branches of Valentinianism is largely indebted to Hippolytus, Haer. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Turner, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

The Spiritual Seed – The Church of the ‘Valentinians’ (paperback)

Secondly, Thomassen fails to engage social processes in Valentinianism. This monograph will make a major contribution to the study of early Christian life and thought. One searches in vain for a preliminary delimitation of a corpus of Valentinian sources. The book concludes with an original portrait of Valentinus himself. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Looking for beautiful books?