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Rethinking "Gnosticism"

An Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category. 3 line dr…
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Titel: Rethinking "Gnosticism"
Autor/en: Michael Allen Williams

ISBN: 0691005427
EAN: 9780691005423
An Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category.
3 line drawings 8 tables.
Sprache: Englisch.
Princeton University Press

12. April 1999 - kartoniert - 360 Seiten

"Michael Williams presents the first treatment of gnosticism in book form that endeavors, and succeeds, to get out of beaten tracks by questioning the very definition and description of this phenomenon. He conducts a detailed analysis of the clichs that have been in circulation for decades and shows convincingly how they have contributed to a distorted and biased approach to the sources. This book will be epoch-making for the field of gnostic studies and should attract a very large reading audience."--Paul-Hubert Poirier, Universit Laval
List of Figures and Tables Ch. 1What Kind of Thing Do Scholars Mean by "Gnosticism"?: A Look at Four Cases Ch. 2"Gnosticism" as a Category Ch. 3Protest Exegesis? or Hermeneutical Problem-Solving? Ch. 4Parasites? or Innovators? Ch. 5Anticosmic World-Rejection? or Sociocultural Accommodation? Ch. 6Hatred of the Body? or the Perfection of the Human? Ch. 7Asceticism...? Ch. 8...or Libertinism? Ch. 9Deterministic Elitism? or Inclusive Theories of Conversion? Ch. 10Where They Came From... Ch. 11...and What They Left Behind Conclusion Notes Modern Works Cited Index
"Rare is the book on gnosticism that is thoroughly grounded in the primary sources in the ancient languages, widely conversant with the secondary literature, controlled and sophisticated in its historical method--and still intelligible and interesting, not only for experts in its field, but also for religious historians and educated readers in general. Michael Williams's Rethinking 'Gnosticism' is such a book. It is essential reading for scholars of ancient Christianity and for anyone who wishes to use the terms 'gnostic' and 'gnosticism,' but it can be read with profit by all historians concerned with issues of methodology in studying religious people of the past."--Church History "There can hardly be a category more misused in contemporary scholarly and not-so-scholarly discourse than 'gnosticism,' so it was probably inevitable that a serious scholar would come along with an argument for the abandonment of the category altogether. In this provocative book Williams does just that."--Religious Studies Review
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