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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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers thomasaen more. Jacob Albert van den Berg. First, there is the treatment of sources. Account Options Sign in. 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.

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

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. The closest we get to an historical or social appreciation of Valentinianism is with Valentinian initiation and einaf relationship of Valentinus to various Valentinian teachers.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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.

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North American Patristics Society. The Church of the Valentinians, by Einar Thomassen. Back cover copy This book is a comprehensive study of a oeValentinianism, a the most important Gnostic Christian movement in Antiquity. Augustine, Manichaeism and thomasaen Gnosticism Jacob van den Berg.


Through his close readings of the often fragmentary ancient sources, Thomassen pieces together a compelling reconstruction of the history, teachings, and rituals of this fascinating branch of the early Christian movement.

Practicing Gnosis April D. 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.

Click here to sign up. 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.

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Anna Van den Kerchove. 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. A final chapter studies anew the doctrine of Valentinus himself and outlines the history of the movement. Librarian administrators click here. This is the one book that anyone interested in Valentinian Christianity should read. Its 32 chapters contain an exhaustive and careful analysis thomssen all extant Valentinian literature from the Nag Hammadi library, the commentaries of 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.

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.

Insightful reappraisals of the pleromatologies in particular emerge: This volume is also available as paperback, see http: The Church of the “Valentinians”. The Interpretation of Knowledge 13 Eastern soteriologies: Manichaeism and Its Legacy J.



The Best Books of No explanation for the choice of dates is forthcoming beyond evident ancient belief in their historicity. 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.

The book’s usefulness lies in its attempt to bring together for the first time all the sources so as to construct a coherent sed of Valentinian Christianity. Review quote “The author has a good sense of the philosophical and theological issues at stake and situates the tradition well in the intellectual world of the second century Overlong and repetitive the book may be but it treats adequately everything of importance, establishing the negatives not substitutes for pagan festivals, not dated from arcane calculations and leaving at least one unanswerable question why 25 December and 6 January?

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

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. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. La voie d’Hermes Anna Van den Kerchove. For a book that is being both marketed and accepted as the most comprehensive treatment of Valentinianism to date on historical and doctrinal matters, such inclusion is needed.