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Rethinking the Study of Gnosticism

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Pointing to parallels in the study of Jesus traditions and Pauline literature, but focusing explicitly on Gnosticism, it is argued that the Gestalt of ancient religions are often the result of ideological projections into the texts and the assumed religious traditions standing behind them by modern scholars. Dealing more appropriately with such a problematic phenomenon as Gnosticism, would entail reconsidering the conceptual categories employed in the description and interpretation of the phenomenon, as well as an object lesson in scholarly humility to avoid the hybris of colonising ancient texts and the communities who produced and valued them.


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