Re: Limited reading, have questions
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "j.j.salt" <jj_salt@y...> wrote:
One concept that I have found intriguing, and about which I cannot
seem to find any real information, is the concept of "emanation."
Specifically, all the aeons, including the "lower" ones (there's
probably a better word for it, but it's not coming to mind) resulted
from "emanations" from the Unknowable. I have a vague, intuitive
sense of how "emanation" might be different from "creation," but I'm
wondering what the classical statements on this issue might have
been. If you happen to know anything about this particular concept,
I'd love to hear it.
Thank you for your wonderful introduction. Before PMCV pops back in
with his thoughts, I'll leave a link about emanation that might be
useful for starters:
- Hey David
>>>wow, your questions really sparked some thought in my head, Ineed to ask ya first. Did Early "Gnostics" really think and speak in
allegorical terms? Cause if so that may answer a lot but only open
more questions to debate. very good questions at that.<<<
Thanks, glad you liked the questions :) As Lady Cari states, there
is evidence in the original Gnostic writings for allegorical
hermeneutic. Part of the point I was trying to bring up was exactly
where this should be applied. In other words... Philip, the
Tripartite Tractate, and other texts state directly that there is
allegory (so there is no question on that front), but exactly where
and how it is applied is very open to discussion.
In this particular case, I was asking if you think that that
allegory extends to the notion of the Demiurge or not. Let me also
point out that the idea that something may literally be true does
not exclude the notion that it may have also been allegorical in
meaning. So.... where do you think this all fit in the original
intent of the Gnostic texts?