By Dylan M. Burns
In the second one century, Platonist and Judeo-Christian concept have been sufficiently pleasant Greek thinker may perhaps claim, "What is Plato yet Moses conversing Greek?" 400 years later, a Christian emperor had ended the general public educating of subversive Platonic notion. while and the way did this philosophical rupture ensue? Dylan M. Burns argues that the elemental holiday happened in Rome, ca. 263, within the circle of the nice mystic Plotinus, writer of the Enneads. teams of arguable Christian metaphysicians referred to as Gnostics ("knowers") frequented his seminars, disputed his perspectives, after which disappeared from the background of philosophy—until the 1945 discovery, at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, of codices containing Gnostic literature, together with models of the books circulated by way of Plotinus’s Christian rivals. mixing cutting-edge Greek metaphysics and ecstatic Jewish mysticism, those texts describe innovations for getting into celestial nation-states, partaking within the angelic liturgy, confronting the transcendent God, or even changing into a divine being oneself. in addition they describe the revelation of an alien God to his pick, a race of "foreigners" lower than the security of the patriarch Seth, whose interventions will finally culminate after all of the world.
Apocalypse of the Alien God proposes an intensive interpretation of those long-lost apocalypses, putting them firmly within the context of Judeo-Christian authorship instead of ascribing them to a pagan offshoot of Gnosticism. in keeping with Burns, this Sethian literature emerged alongside the fault traces among Judaism and Christianity, drew on traditions identified to students from the lifeless Sea Scrolls and Enochic texts, and finally catalyzed the competition of Platonism with Christianity. Plunging the reader into the tradition wars and study rooms of the excessive Empire, Apocalypse of the Alien God deals the main concrete social and historic description on hand of any workforce of Gnostic Christians because it explores the intersections of historic Judaism, Christianity, Hellenism, fantasy, and philosophy.
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The 1st English translation of an enormous Gnostic non secular rfile, this booklet used to be the main influential of all Gnostic reviews sooner than the invention of the Nag Hammadi library.
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Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism by Dylan M. Burns