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This appendix section of this book titled Images of Rebirth contains cognitive poetics and transformational soteriology in the Exegesis on the Soul. It analyses Exeg. Soul's interpretation and use of Scripture while making no claims with regard to the original intention of either the authors of the Scriptural texts or that of Exeg. Soul. itself. Exeg. Soul is in several ways a unique text among the Nag Hammadi tractates, especially with regard to its literary structure and composition, but also when it comes to its contents. It is a self-proclaimed exegesis, but one which is not presented in a straightforward manner. Instead it is treated to an allegorical exposition presented in the form of a mythical narrative interspersed with commentary, quotations, and more or less oblique allusions. The story focuses on the fallen soul, personified as a woman, and her repentance and redemption.

Keywords: Exegesis on the Soul; scriptural texts; transformational soteriology



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