8907Re: the Demiurge and the Saviour
- Jan 2, 2004--- In email@example.com, "Paul Kieniewicz" <paulmmk@y...>
>Hi, Paul. Happy New Year, everyone.
> Does anyone know the derivation of "demiurge" ---Demi-urgos ---
> sounds like it comes from Greek. If so, what might be its root
> meaning ?
> Paul Kieniewicz
Interesting you should bring this up because, although I have
seen "demiurge" [Gnostic (and Platonic) maker of material world]
sometimes explained as a "half" or "lesser" god (based on a
prefix "demi-" or "half"),... according to various
dictionaries, "demiurge" is indeed Greek in origin.
The Late Latin _demiurgus_ comes from the Greek _demiourgos_, which
literally means "artisan." And, yes, we do see the Gnostic demiurge
referred to as a craftsman. [_demios_ of the people (from _demos_
people) + _-ourgos_ worker (from _ergon_ work)]
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