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Eschatology, Androgynous Thinking, Encratism, and the Question of Anti-Gnosticism in 2 Clement 12 (Part One)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, New Testament Exegesis.
2018 (English)In: Vigiliae christianae (Print), ISSN 0042-6032, E-ISSN 1570-0720, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 142-164Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article problematizes the widespread use of an untenably broad definition of Gnosticism to support claims that 2 Clement 12 is antignostic. Several conclusions about the writing's aims and opponents must therefore be reconsidered. It is argued that 2 Clement 12 is not polemical and does not censure any distinctively gnostic views or praxes. By shedding both the supposedly gnostic background of the dominical logion about "the two" becoming "one," about the "outside" being like the " inside," and about "neither male nor female" (12:2b, 6b) and an antignostic agenda for the interpretations of the logion (12:3-5), scholarship has a better chance of opening up promising avenues for interpreting this saying of Jesus and its interpretation in 2 Clement 12.

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BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS , 2018. Vol. 72, no 2, p. 142-164
Keywords [en]
2 Clement, androgyny, encratism, eschatology, gender, Gnosticism, Gospel of the Egyptians, Gospel of Thomas
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-351074DOI: 10.1163/15700720-12341334ISI: 000427418700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-351074DiVA, id: diva2:1206959
Available from: 2018-05-18 Created: 2018-05-18 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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