Re: [GTh] Coptic martyr traditions and Coptic Thomas
- [Tim Staker]:
off> ... later Gnostics might have understood martyrdom as "taking
> their clothes" (L21[.1-4]) and getting rid of the evil sarks.[flesh]
Hi Tim,I'm more inclined to interpret this passage as DeConick does, namelyas an encratic admonition to renounce the body as part of renouncingthe physical world. But there's also a connection with proto-orthodoxbaptismal ritual, wherein the candidate is reported to have taken off theirown clothes and put on a new white garment, symbolic of a new identity,now "dead to the world". There seems to have been a lot of ambiguoussymbolic and metaphoric interplay going on, the understanding of whichisn't helped by GThom, but it does seem to me that Gnostics generallyfelt that they had already undergone a figurative martyrdom, thus thata literal one was moot.Regards,Mike G.