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The Place Of The Gospel Of Judas In Sethian Tradition

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This chapter explores the sectarian affinity of the Gospel of Judas, first with respect to patristic testimonies about it, and then its doctrinal affinity with various treatises of the Sethian corpus with which Gregor Wurst and Marvin Meyer rightly associate the gospel. Of especial interest is the contrast between ordinary mortals and the holy generation of Seth. In Sethian theology, the holy generation comprises both a primordial component that abides in the heavens as well as a component that temporarily sojourns on earth. In general, the Gospel of Judas takes a hostile stance toward the practice of ordinary Christian baptism in Jesus' name (55,22-56,1) and indeed toward any formal use of his name. In short, the Gospel of Judas offers us no Sethian sacred history. Instead, one finds a discussion of the limited lifespan of mortal human beings who lack the sort of soul granted exclusively to the holy generation.

Keywords: Christian baptism; Gospel of Judas; Gregor Wurst; holy generation; Marvin Meyer; Sethian theology



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