Re: Gnostic reading for exousia?
- --- In email@example.com, AJRoberti@a... wrote:
> Hello everyone,reading
> I was just curious if anyone here was aware of a particular Gnostic
> for exousia? This word is used in the New Testament to refer tothe special
> 'authority' with which Jesus spoke... in NT usage it seems to referto a
> pecular kind of forcefulness or charisma. The way Paul uses it, itseems to
> have a technical meaning for him as well.dynamis ("powers
> It also occurs in the Pauline literature alongside arche and
> and principalities), for example in I Cor. 15:24: "Then comes theend, when
> he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying everyrule and
> every authority and power." Cf. also Ephesians 6:12. Here archewas
> corresponded by Valentinians to the archons of Gnostic myth, thoughI know of
> no parallel esoteric meaning for dynamis, I wonder if such anesoteric
> meaning might have existed for exousia?Hi, Tony. I'm not sure about an explicitly esoteric definition for
> Thanks to anyone who has any knowledge on this.
> Tony Roberti
_exousia_, but my understanding is that _dunamis_ is an *inherent
power* that resides in the nature of a thing. In contrast, _exousia_
is the power arising from the *freedom* (or external
opportunity/liberty of action) to do something.
Maybe others have further thoughts on this.