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The Gospel Of Judas And The Stars

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This chapter is a preliminary approach to an analysis of astrological aspects found in the Gnostic literature. More specifically, by examining several expressions from the newly discovered Coptic Gospel of Judas, which obviously imply astrological characters in comparison with other Gnostic tractates and the contemporary astrological writings, the chapter seeks how Gnostics adapted late antique astrological doctrines and used them for their own purpose. The astrological material present in the Gospel of Judas may be summarized under three headings: the stars as "seducers," the Gnostic cosmogonical structure, and especially the use of specific numbers, and the Gnostic eschatology. The division of humanity into several categories is a common feature of Gnostic thought. The term "the undominated generation" is present in many Gnostic writings, as one of the typical expressions the Gnostics used to designate themselves.

Keywords: cosmogonical structure; Gnostic eschatology; Gospel of Judas; stars



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