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By Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

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The e-book illuminates “the different facet” of early Christianity by means of interpreting thinkers and events that have been embraced by means of many second-century non secular seekers as valid varieties of Christianity, yet that are now principally forgotten, or are recognized in simple terms from the features attributed to them within the writings in their major adversaries. the gathering bargains with the next lecturers and activities: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus’ college, Marcion, Tatian, Bardaisan, Montanists, Cerinthus, Ebionites, Nazarenes, Jewish-Christianity of the Pseudo-Clementines, and Elchasites. the place acceptable, the authors have incorporated an outline of the existence and critical guides of the “heretics,” in addition to an outline in their theologies and pursuits. for this reason, this quantity can function a instruction manual of the second-century “heretics” and their “heresies.” in view that the entire chapters were written via experts who combat day-by-day with their study subject matters, the contributions additionally supply new views and insights stimulating additional dialogue in this fascinating—but usually neglected—side of early Christianity.

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But then the question arises as to the basis of divine election. Is it related to the elect person’s nature? And if so, in what sense? Two of the fragments of Basilides quoted and discussed by Clement address this issue, and I quote both of them here: “I am a stranger in the land,” it says, “and a sojourner among you” (Gen 23:4; Ps 38[39]:12). And thence Basilides understood (the passage) to say that the election (Gk. 79 For if anyone knows God by nature, as Basilides thinks when he understands the exceptional faith as an intellection (noèsin tèn exaireton pistin) and as a kingdom (basileian), as an acquisition80 of good things, as an essence worthy to be near the Creator, then he calls faith an essence and not a freedom, a nature and substance, an infinite beauty of an arbitrary creation, but not the rational assent of a free soul.

Less apt to stir much reverberation in modern imagination is what the Book of Genesis has to say about Adam and Eve’s other son, Seth, since to most readers of Genesis today Seth probably seems little more than a cipher. He replaces the slain Abel (Gen 4:25); at age 105 he fathers Enosh, lives another 807 years, has other offspring, and dies (Gen 5:6–8). While in the canonical New Testament Cain and Abel are mentioned or alluded to several times, as paradigms of, respectively, wickedness and (persecuted) righteousness, Seth is mentioned exactly once—in a genealogical list in the Gospel of Luke (3:38), as father of Enosh and son of Adam.

E. 2. “Sethianism” as a Tradition A handful of writings in the Nag Hammadi collection share what are undeniably a set of distinctive features that might be labeled “Sethian,” even though there are some variations in their development. These writings are also interlinked by a sufficient amount of other specific content to conclude that there is a common tradition of speculation. Moreover, it appears that at least a few of these writings may reflect the same distinctive ritual practices and therefore could derive from a common sectarian social history, though perhaps complex and multi-branched.

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