13474Sowing the spiritual seed
- May 4, 2008Using our links, I found the following at
http://www.gnosis.org/library/valentinus/Demiurge.htm under "The
Creation of Human Beings."
"The Demiurge and his angels created human beings in the image of the
pre-existing Humanity (Against Heresies 1:5:2, Excerpts of Theodotus
51:1). From "dust" (Genesis 2:7), that is, non-corporeal deficiency
and suffering, they created the carnal or irrational soul. Into this
the Demiurge breathed an animating rational soul deriving from
pleading and conversion (i.e. from his own substance). This is
the "breath of life" (Genesis 2:7). Lastly, Sophia (Wisdom) used the
Demiurge to secretly sowed [sic] her spiritual seed into the human
being (Against Heresies 1:5:6, Excerpts of Theodotus 53:2,
Valentinian Exposition 37, Tripartite Tractate 105:29-35). The sowing
of the spiritual seed into Adam caused him to utter things "superior
to what his modeling justified" (Valentinus Fragment 1, cf. Gospel of
Philip 70:26-29, Naasene Preaching 8:14)."
Up until Sophia's use of the Demiurge to sow secretly the spiritual
seed, there were textual correspondences:
"dust" = carnal or irrational soul (2:7a)
"breath of life" = rational soul (2:7b)
Question 1) What is the textual correspondence to which the
Valentinians attach their interpretation of this secret sowing of the
spirit? What is in the Hebrew text to suggest this?
Question 2) Are there two souls--the carnal and the rational, or does
this account for the soul's free will to choose good and evil?
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