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This chapter treats the two selected Nag Hammadi texts as far as possible on their own terms as complete and coherent literary expressions. In studies of the Nag Hammadi texts, including Gospel of Philip (Gos. Phil.) and exegesis on the soul (Exeg. Soul), the texts themselves and their own internal logic have often come to play second fiddle to the wealth of comparative material, mostly heresiological, that has been adduced to shed light upon them. Therefore the chapter chooses to focus on the internal logic of Gos. Phil. and Exeg. Soul, and have thus tried to analyse how they make sense on their own terms, that is, in a reading that takes seriously the production of meaning that arises from the interplay with Scripture created by the quotations and allusions that pervade them. It compares Gos. Phil. and Exeg. Soul with each other.

Keywords: exegesis on the soul; Gospel of Philip; Nag Hammadi texts



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