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The Sethian Myth In The Gospel Of Judas: Soteriology Or Demonology?

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As a Christian Sethian revelation dialogue between Jesus and Judas Iscariot, the Gospel of Judas has its closest formal affinity with the Apocryphon of John, while the content and outline of its mythical narrative is in many respects similar, not only to the mythology of the Apocryphon and Gospel of Egyptians, but also to portions of the Apocalypse of Adam, and Zostrianos. On closer inspection, it turns out that the Sethian myth employed by the Gospel of Judas is of a very odd sort, containing a number of departures in content and sequence from its instances in other Sethian works, and - unlike all other testimonia of Sethian mythology - offers no soteriological narrative at all. This chapter provides a summary of the features of Sethian mythology, and examinations the content of the theogony, cosmogony, and anthropogony of Sethian myth that Jesus reveals to Judas in this strange gospel.

Keywords: Apocryphon of John; demonology; Gospel of Judas; Jesus; Judas Iscariot; Sethian Myth; soteriological; theogony



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