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The Divine Father in the Gospel of Truth (NHC I,3): God as causa efficiens and causa finalis

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This chapter explores the idea of God behind the text. In doing so one adopts a systematic exposition that is certainly alien to the text, but which will help us to get a better panorama of its worldview. The chapter delves into the epistemological framework of Gospel of Truth (GosTruth), and analyses epistemological framework's theological perspectives that attempts to unveil possible influences on the text's idea of God. It focuses on the believer and on how to acquire knowledge of God and, with it, salvation. From a historical point of view, GosTruth narrates the Savior's activity, his intervention to save those who were in darkness; on the other hand, and more symbolically, its readership is informed about the pre-history of the Savior's redeeming act by means of a cosmogonical myth with anthropological implications that explains why his redemption was necessary, how it took place and what its results were.

Keywords: Gospel of Truth (GosTruth); God; savior's activity



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