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Sophia, Eve And Gnosis

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MacRae has argued that the Gnostic Sophia myth, especially what he called its "Sethian-Ophite" form, is essentially based on Jewish Wisdom speculations; and that while the aspect of Sophia's fall cannot be derived from these speculations, it could be explained as a heavenly projection of Eve's Fall in Gen . In this chapter, the author attempts to show that MacRae's suggestions, if slightly modified, fit well with most texts in my Ophite corpus, but that they do not fit very well with the majority of Schenke's Sethian texts.This chapter introduces a new theme into the discussion, namely, the nature of the parallels between Cor and the Ophite mythology. In the following, the author first takes a look at some of the main features of Jewish Wisdom speculations, as well as of their applications in 1 Cor. Second, he analyzes the Ophite mythologoumena of Sophia.

Keywords: Cor mythology; Eve; MacRae; Ophite mythology; Sophia



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