Date of Award

1990

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Religious Studies

Keywords

Religion, History of.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The Coptic writing Trimorphic Protennoia (Nag Hammadi Codex XIII, 1) has a complicated literary stratigraphy that must be respected to permit a coherent thematic analysis. The writing contains superficial Christianization, several Sethian cosmological and baptismal sections and an aretalogical base layer. A comparative analysis shows that the aretalogical material demonstrates great affinity with writings of the Hellenistic Jewish sapiential tradition. Non-canonical sapiential speculation demonstrates an increasingly sectarian attitude toward Sophia which led to her outright gnosticization, as attested by Trimorphic Protennoia. The many parallels among Jewish Sophia, Protennoia as a wisdom figure, and the johannine Jesus confirm that the Fourth Gospel and Trimorphic Protennoia shared a common ancestor in the Jewish wisdom tradition and also suggest that the ancestor was proto-gnostic. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0500. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.

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