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Influence And Interpretation Of The Gospel Of John In Ancient Christianity: The Example Of Eugnostos (NHC III,3 And V,1)

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This chapter examines the possible connections between the Gospel of John and the different versions of Eugnostos, and explores especially the ways the Codex V version has integrated and interpreted Johannine passages. The omissions and explicative scholia introduced in Eugnostos V sometimes break with Eugnostos III's more linear form. More didactic, this new version transforms the succinct and hymnic form of its source, probably because it was not intended for the same audience, but maybe also because the text itself, during its circulation, lost its primary purpose. If the Gospel of John and Eugnostos each underwent parallel evolutions based on diverse Jewish and, eventually, Christian traditions, it follows that the Gnostic myth was ultimately constituted independently from and before being influenced by the Johannine gospel.

Keywords: Codex; Eugnostos; Gnostic myth; Gospel of John



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