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From Perplexity To Salvation: The Gospel Of Judas Read In Light Of Platonic Didactic Strategies

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In this chapter the Gospel of Judas will be approached from the perspective of the religio mentis. It examines the use of rhetorical and didactical strategies in Gospel known from contemporary texts such as the platonic dialogue Meno and hermetic text Corpus Hermeticum 13. It then draws attention to the importance of platonic tripartite epistemology for understanding the course of argument in the dialogue; this manifests itself in mental collapse of the interlocutor, which is the epistemological point of zero. Reaching this point is the decisive condition for the spiritual breakthrough to take place. The chapter applies these results in the analysis of the hermetic text CH 13 and summaries the results. It suggests that the results may elucidate what kind of work the Gospel does for the reader, and how. The results illuminates the way in which the text can be regarded as instrumental in bringing about salvation.

Keywords: didactic strategies; Gospel of Judas; hermetic text; Hermeticum 13; Platonic; Salvation

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