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Existing In Error: Literary And Social Aspects Of Moral Exhortation In The Gospel Of Truth

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The Gospel of Truth was one of the first tractates from Nag Hammadi to be translated and rendered accessible for scholars. This chapter outlines Bradley's proposed literary form, along with the challenges raised by especially Terence Mullins and John Brunt. The author refers to the literary form as a "cluster" in order to distinguish it from "topos" in the stricter rhetorical senses, especially the communes loci and above all the argument from contraries. In his 1953 article Bradley attempted to establish a literary form for making sense of the paraenetic sections of Paul's letters. The moral relations that are idealized within the Gos. Truth are closely related to a cosmological drama of soteriological endeavour. The paraenetic section of the tractate is closely linked to this broader idealization.

Keywords: Bradley; Gospel of Truth; John Brunt; Terence Mullins



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