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They knew that they stem from him as children from a perfect man. They knew that they had not yet received form nor had they yet received a name, every one of which the Father produces. If they at that time receive form of his knowledge, though they are truly in him, they do not know him. But the Father is perfect. He knows every space which is within him.

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If he pleases, he reveals anyone whom he desires by giving him a form and by giving him a name; and he does give him a name and cause him to come into being. Those who do not yet exist are ignorant of him who created them.

I do not say, then, that those who do not yet exist are nothing. But they are in him who will desire that they exist when he pleases, like the event which is going to happen. On the one hand, he knows, before anything is revealed, what he will produce.

On the other hand, the fruit which has not yet been revealed does not know anything, nor is it anything either. Thus each space which, on its part, is in the Father comes from the existent one, who, on his part, has established it from the nonexistent. What, then, is that which he wants him to think? Thus they were ignorant of the Father; he is the one whom they did not see. Since there had been fear and confusion and a lack of confidence and doublemindness and division, there were many illusions which were conceived by him, the foregoing, as well as empty ignorance - as if they were fast asleep and found themselves a prey to troubled dreams.

Either there is a place to which they flee, or they lack strength as they come, having pursued unspecified things. Either they are involved in inflicting blows, or they themselves receive bruises. Either they are falling from high places, or they fly off through the air, though they have no wings at all.

Other times, it is as if certain people were trying to kill them, even though there is no one pursuing them; or, they themselves are killing those beside them, for they are stained by their blood. Until the moment when they who are passing through all these things - I mean they who have experienced all these confusions - awake, they see nothing because the dreams were nothing. It is thus that they who cast ignorance from them as sleep do not consider it to be anything, nor regard its properties to be something real, but they renounce them like a dream in the night and they consider the knowledge of the Father to be the dawn.

It is thus that each one has acted, as if he were asleep, during the time when he was ignorant and thus he comes to understand, as if he were awakening. And happy is the man who comes to himself and awakens.

Indeed, blessed is he who has opened the eyes of the blind. And the Spirit came to him in haste when it raised him. Having given its hand to the one lying prone on the ground, it placed him firmly on his feet, for he had not yet stood up. He gave them the means of knowing the knowledge of the Father and the revelation of his son. For when they saw it and listened to it, he permitted them to take a taste of and to smell and to grasp the beloved son.

He appeared, informing them of the Father, the illimitable one. He inspired them with that which is in the mind, while doing his will. Many received the light and turned towards him.

But material men were alien to him and did not discern his appearance nor recognize him. For he came in the likeness of flesh and nothing blocked his way because it was incorruptible and unrestrainable.

Moreover, while saying new things, speaking about what is in the heart of the Father, he proclaimed the faultless word. Light spoke through his mouth, and his voice brought forth life. He gave them thought and understanding and mercy and salvation and the Spirit of strength derived from the limitlessness of the Father and sweetness.

He caused punishments and scourgings to cease, for it was they which caused many in need of mercy to astray from him in error and in chains - and he mightily destroyed them and derided them with knowledge. He became a path for those who went astray and knowledge to those who were ignorant, a discovery for those who sought, and a support for those who tremble, a purity for those who were defiled.

He is the shepherd who left behind the ninety-nine sheep which had not strayed and went in search of that one which was lost. He rejoiced when he had found it. For ninety-nine is a number of the left hand, which holds it. The moment he finds the one, however, the whole number is transferred to the right hand. Thus it is with him who lacks the one, that is, the entire right hand which attracts that in which it is deficient, seizes it from the left side and transfers it to the right.

In this way, then, the number becomes one hundred. This number signifies the Father. He labored even on the Sabbath for the sheep which he found fallen into the pit.


He saved the life of that sheep, bringing it up from the pit in order that you may understand fully what that Sabbath is, you who possess full understanding.

It is a day in which it is not fitting that salvation be idle, so that you may speak of that heavenly day which has no night and of the sun which does not set because it is perfect. Say then in your heart that you are this perfect day and that in you the light which does not fail dwells. Speak concerning the truth to those who seek it and of knowledge to those who, in their error, have committed sin. Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick.

Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled. Foster men who love. Raise up and awaken those who sleep. For you are this understanding which encourages. If the strong follow this course, they are even stronger.

Turn your attention to yourselves. Do not be concerned with other things, namely, that which you have cast forth from yourselves, that which you have dismissed. Do not return to them to eat them.

Do not be moth-eaten. Do not be worm-eaten, for you have already shaken it off. Do not be a place of the devil, for you have already destroyed him. Do not strengthen your last obstacles, because that is reprehensible. For the lawless one is nothing. He harms himself more than the law.

For that one does his works because he is a lawless person. But this one, because he is a righteous person, does his works among others. Do the will of the Father, then, for you are from him.

For the Father is sweet and his will is good. He knows the things that are yours, so that you may rest yourselves in them. For by the fruits one knows the things that are yours, that they are the children of the Father, and one knows his aroma, that you originate from the grace of his countenance. For this reason, the Father loved his aroma; and it manifests itself in every place; and when it is mixed with matter, he gives his aroma to the light; and into his rest he causes it to ascend in every form and in every sound.

For there are no nostrils which smell the aroma, but it is the Spirit which possesses the sense of smell and it draws it for itself to itself and sinks into the aroma of the Father.

He is, indeed, the place for it, and he takes it to the place from which it has come, in the first aroma which is cold. It is something in a psychic form, resembling cold water which is [ If a breath is taken, it is usually hot. The cold aromas, then, are from the division. For this reason, God came and destroyed the division and he brought the hot Pleroma of love, so that the cold may not return, but the unity of the Perfect Thought prevail.

This is the word of the Gospel of the finding of the Pleroma for those who wait for the salvation which comes from above.

When their hope, for which they are waiting, is waiting - they whose likeness is the light in which there is no shadow, then at that time the Pleroma is about to come.

The deficiency of matter, however, is not because of the limitlessness of the Father who comes at the time of the deficiency. And yet no one is able to say that the incorruptible One will come in this manner. But the depth of the Father is increasing, and the thought of error is not with him. It is a matter of falling down and a matter of being readily set upright at the finding of that one who has come to him who will turn back. For this turning back is called "repentance".

For this reason, incorruption has breathed. It followed him who has sinned in order that he may find rest. For forgiveness is that which remains for the light in the deficiency, the word of the pleroma.

For the physician hurries to the place in which there is sickness, because that is the desire which he has. The sick man is in a deficient condition, but he does not hide himself because the physician possesses that which he lacks. In this manner the deficiency is filled by the Pleroma, which has no deficiency, which has given itself out in order to fill the one who is deficient, so that grace may take him, then, from the area which is deficient and has no grace.

Because of this a diminishing occurred in the place which there is no grace, the area where the one who is small, who is deficient, is taken hold of.

He revealed himself as a Pleroma, i. For this reason, they who have been troubled speak about Christ in their midst so that they may receive a return and he may anoint them with the ointment. The ointment is the pity of the Father, who will have mercy on them. Yet, to say that the Jesus figures have a heavenly origin can be misleadingly simple. Individual texts can be plotted on an increasing scale of complexity, be- ginning with those texts which have little more than a few statements about the ielationship of Jesus with the highest god, through to those texts which comprise a fully developed and complex heavenly system of relationships, with the Jesus fig- ure related to multiple heavenly characters.

Movement of the Jesus figure into the earthly context For the most part, the Jesus figures are said to descend into the earthly region. In relation to the notion of descent, one must question how Jesus manages to assume contact with those to whom he descends human beings, the seeds which belong to Sophia, and so on , or how he contacts or avoids contact with the archons whom he meets during the descent.

Often while descending through the various heavenly levels, he takes on shapes, likenesses, or gaments, to avoid contact e. Jesus' being in the world If the Jesus figure is originally and continues to be a heavenly figure, how far does he need to be in, or truly a part of, the earthly context in order to carry out the activities of salvation and revelation?

If the earthly context is really nothing more than the stage-work for cosmic struggle, even for human beings, then there is no necessity for the Jesus figure to become involved apart from donning a costume.

To the extent that the earthly context is taken seriously, so much the more must he immerse himself in this world. There are, therefore, a wide range of possibilities for the way in which his being will adapt as he moves into contact with the world. Of course, there are numerous related concepts. The more he immerses himself in the world, the more he would be in danger from the powers and the more he would need to struggle against them in order to come free himself and to free oth- 3 Cf.

He would also be more in danger from the flesh itself, the more he took it on as a real form. I would suggest that it should be possible to construct a graph with three major axes, along which gnostic texts could be plotted in the following way: the more texts affirm the earthly contact of the Jesus figure, the more physical his flesh should be, with the necessity of splitting his being into heavenly and earthly natures; the more illusory the earthly context i.

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The latter situation is well illustrated in Tri. Of course it is not necessary to deal here with those texts in which the Jesus figure comes down into a body, where it is clear that the heavenly being of Jesus is in no way dis- turbed by the action, and that the body is a mere shell which is filled up by Jesus e. Seth Thus the flesh of the Saviour is a spiritual flesh, and he does not share in the passions of human flesh 1 It is flesh or human form in outward appeafance only so that he may be seen and communicated with in the 4 In Ep.

III While there is reference to, human parents, principally his mother Log. In Gos. This is not simply the human gur-"trt of flesh which is the creation of the archons or Demiurge, but refers to everything that has to do in some way with matter: sovereignties and powers, an- gels, and -r"ry mov.

The action described is sirnply a series of clothing- cianges.

In fact those who propose to recognize the Word in these various clothings are in error Jesus as Revealer The major activity of the Jesus figures in the earthly region is revelation by awak- ening or secret teaching to the gnostics. The various guises or garments of the Word are described in detail later in the text: he is tli" son ofthe Archigenetor Closing the earthly context The close of the earthly context for the Jesus figure is linked most often with some form of struggle, generally against the archons.

The struggle is not always explic- itly in association with the threat of death, but nonetheless there is often a descrip- tion of descent into the Underworld, which would have to be read as a movement into death or the realm of death at least metaphorically. This is the case even if the descent into the Underworld must be understood as a descent into the earthly re- gion or into the inner realm of the human spirit.

Both the earthly region and the body are the place of death, for the power of the archons who rule them is above all the power to bring death, either now as a reality for the soul imprisoned in the human body, or as a future reality, or as a permanent imprisonment in this world when one does not have the necessary means to pass the archons and return to the heavenly place of origin.

Thus movement out of the earthly context implies a struggle with or through death. Thus to extend the graph mentioned earlier, if the earthly life and flesh of the Jesus figure are only an illusion, then he will not have to undergo death in order to leave the earthly context. He may struggle against death in this situation but it will be as a powerful figure, as one cosmic force pitted against another, not as a human being undergoing the reality of death.

Perhaps the most complex forrn of the Jesus figure is to be found in Apoc. Here we have a character comprising three forms: the Saviour himself the intellectual Spirit filled with radiant Light [ Along with Jesus, I would add that the figure of Adam in some writings, as prototype of the gnostic, would be worth investigat- ing also as a liminal figure. Gnostic Jesuses and the Gnostic Jesus of John himself do not belong there.

Like the gnostics, he is a figure between worlds,12 a stranger,l3 who contends here principally with the archons. Like the gnostics, he appears to experience a status reversal. The archons invariably think that he is a mortal man, or think that he truly suffers when they persecute him, but they are always in error.

Amidst the dangers and alienation of this earthly context, the Jesus figure and the gnostics experience communitas: Certainly he is the revealer, but they too are perfect and incormptible, his fellow spirits and brothers cf. In Ap. The revelation given by the Jesus figures is concerned with existing between worlds, either as awakening within, and encouragement for, gnostics' imprison- ment in the earthly context, or as information for the return to the heavenly region.

Both contexts are dangerous, but the return journey to the heavenly region appears to be the most dangerous, alone from the fact that at this stage both Jesus and the gnostics meet and struggle head on with the powers.

The return signals the final encounter with the archons and death, the rite de passage par excellence. Introduction Kurt Rudolph is one of the few scholars who have supported my interpretation of the Gospel of John Lattke a.

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He has left the earthly region in a sense within a process of transformation, but has not finally returned to the heavenly region. Many assume ihat this is the figure we meet in the writings in general, but such an assumption is in need of closer analysii for many texts. Prologue ard Log. There is no passion slory within Gos. From this first correspondence a friendship developed, Majella Franzmann - Michael Lattke Fouth Gospel can be studied from his monograph on Gnosticism which was first published in A second, revised and expanded edition appeared in and was translated into English , , It is the first part of the German summary of my studies in John Lattke b, which I shall take up here and reissue substantially in English, taking particular account of Franzmann?

None of the many articles, monographs and comrnentaries on the Corpus Johanneum published in the meantime have forced me to fundamentally alter my view- 2.

Lattke ;Leroy lt4 s, nor a few other passages added later by the ecclesiastical redaction especially b-4; b; The typical Johannine discourses display a remarkable conceptual unity which should not be distorted by literary critical Schichten-theories. Of course, there is tradition, especially traditional terrninology, not only in the o1peIo-stories and the passion narrative but also, though to a lesser extent, in John's Reden. John as the earliest source of Gnosticism When the anonymous author, later identified with the unknown disciple whom Je- sus loved 21,24; cf.

In a simplified way, the three ancient and diverse move- ments within the Graeco-Roman world, i. Judaism, Gnosticism and Christianity, can be compared to three circles partially ovedapping each other, with the circle of Judaism sitting on top of the circles of Christianity and Gnosticism which appear side by side, thus indicating the parallel origin of the latter two.

The servant went back and told his master. It is the cornerstone.

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They are the ones who have truly come to know the Father. He sold the goods and bought for himself the pearl alone. I am the All. The All came forth out of me. And to me the All has come. To see a reed shaken by the wind, 2 and to see a person dressed in soft clothing [like your] kings and your great persons? But he did not become worthy of you.

He left the ninety-nine, and he sought the one until he found it. But the son did not know about it either. He took over that field and sold [it].In the first region, Sahans Dal Kanwal, the soul is pulled out of the body and enters a new dimension, encountering for the first time beautiful light and sound. Tulsi Sahib describes this spiritual experience: Whose soul is attached to the Word [shabd] revels ever in cosmic flight The Sant tradition, in spite of its denial of constituting a religion, seems to fulfill Smart's seven dimensions.

It the Word? And I hid myself in everyone and revealed [myself] within them, and every mind seeking me longed for me, for it is I who gave shape to the All when it had no form. For the physician hurries to the place in which there is sickness, because that is the desire which he has.

And she persuaded Adam to eat from the tree from which god had said not to eat. In this thesis I demonstrate how Gnostic and Sant Mat ideas concerning ontology, cosmology, and soteriology are remarkably close, despite the fact that the Gnostic tradition arose in the Middle East in the first and second century C.

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