Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition

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Presses Université Laval, 2001 - Gnosticism - 842 pages
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Contents

The Problem of the Relation Between
1
Views on the Relation of Gnosticism to Platonism
9
The Literature of Gnostic Sethianism
57
An Anticipatory Sketch of the Ontology
85
Interdependencies Among the Sethian
93
Summary of Main Doctrinal and Literary Features
125
The Platonizing Sethian Treatises
178
The Building Blocks of Sethian Doctrtne
221
The divine and Cosmic Hierarchy
499
The Realm of True Being
531
The Divine and Cosmic Hierarchy
557
Sethian Doctrines of the Soul
589
Ritual and Theurgical Practices and the Souls Ascent
603
The Knowledge of God in
637
Preliminary Seeking by Discursive Means
643
Ascent through the Aeon of Barbelo
652

The History of the Sethian Movement
255
The Fusion of the Barbeloite
287
The Beginnings of Platonic Speculation
305
Demiurge and Soul
307
Middle Platonic Speculation on First
345
Middle Platonism
362
Early Neoplatonic Speculation on First
407
Body Soul and Knowledge of God
447
The Knowledge of God in Platonism
474
The Final Contemplation of the Supreme Principles
666
Sethian Gnosticism and
693
Plotinus and the Platonizing Sethian Treatises
709
and the Platonizing Sethian Treatises
724
CONCLUDING OVERVIEW OF SETHIAN
747
Bibliography
761
Index of subjects
789
Index of ancient authors
801
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