- Hi, I'm wondering about this part of Gospel of Thomas. My neighbor said it
might refer to the Pentateuch, and someone told me it might refer to gnostic
"For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change,
summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever knows them will
not taste death."
- On Fri, 7 Apr 2000 Kanefer@... wrote:
> Hi, I'm wondering about this part of Gospel of Thomas. My neighborPatti,
> said it might refer to the Pentateuch, and someone told me it might
> refer to gnostic teachings.
> "For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change,
> summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever knows them
> will not taste death."
In my view this may refer to five baptisms, or perhaps to five seals of
initiation. In NH texts multiple baptisms are well attested. Here's the
text with three baptisms,
On the Origin of the World ("The Untitled Text")
So, too, there are three baptisms - the first is the spiritual, the second
is by fire, the third is by water.
Is there in NH somehere a text with 5 baptisms? I believe such a baptismal
cycle is attested in gnostic literature elsewhere.
I also have an article about the baptism of Jesus as seen in NH texts, and
can post it here later if this is on-topic.
Yuri Kuchinsky | Toronto | http://www.trends.ca/~yuku/bbl/bbl.htm
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The goal proposed by Cynic philosophy is apathy, which is
equivalent to becoming God -=O=- Julian
- I wonder if my message of June 19 concerning a possible line of thought on
the Five Trees was ever teceived. Would appreciaate any information.