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Jewish gnosis and mandaean gnosticism

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The author explains that at a certain moment Jewish Gnostics in Southern Babylonia, the heirs of the Magharians, thought it good to cover themselves with the name of the Nazoraeans. Generally speaking, many parallels with Brontè are to be found in the sapiential literature of the Hebrews, both in style and in thought. It is quite clear that Brontè has been inspired by the Isis aretalogy. Nevertheless it may be a Jewish writing about Wisdom, like Siracides and the Wisdom of Solomon. The dualism of the sect, the complete demonisation of Ruha, the distinction between God as Life and Light on the one hand and the foolish demiurge on the other hand, can only be a later development. Still later the merger with the Jewish Christians took place. It was only then that Mandaeanism, as a religion at the same time ritual and gnostic, came into being.

Keywords: Brontè; Jewish Gnosis; Mandaean Gnosticism



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