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Three notes on the Gospel of Philip

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The gnostic systems are extremely complicated not only by their variety, their psychological turn of mind, their often fantastic exegesis of terms, but also by their comprehensiveness in religious matters, all of which received a typically gnostic stamp. Besides that, most of the Gnostics wanted to be Christians by one way or another; so for a proper understanding of their tenets the "background" must be found in writings of other, more orthodox writers. The author exemplifies this with three notes on sayings in the Gospel of Philip. The three notes explained in the chapter are: Saying 47, Saying 51 and Saying 53. The aim of the notes is to elucidate particular words and demonstrate that the expositor of this interesting book has to throw his net wide and in many directions, but that the haul may be rewarding.

Keywords: gnostic systems; Gospel of Philip; Saying 47; Saying 51; Saying 53; three notes



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