RE: [GTh] Help on Modes and Metaphors of Cognition in GTh?
>Geeez I wish I had not included this table in my previous post-Dunno why. Although it may have diverted direct attention from the abstract
issue, the mulling over of particulars may also have indirectly clarified
the general issue. I find this often to be so in my own thinking.
>The question I have is whether one's coming in andI think so. Bear in mind the Hymn of the Pearl, wherein the heavenly figure
>going out empty is good or bad. In the classical gnostic sense,
>when one comes into the world, one does so as a spark of the
>divine. It is only after one arrives in the world that one
>accumulates the baggage of body and corruption. So, if when one
>dies and leaves that all behind, does one leave empty? Is that
>not a good thing? Does 28.3b have anything to do with this in the
is sent to earth to get something of value. Similarly, the reader of GTh is
evidently supposed to get something out of it - whether some piece(s) of
wisdom which would prepare him/her for the journey back, or a state of
being (filled with pneuma) that would facilitate that "journey", or both,
I'm not sure. In this regard, the saying "If you don't find me while you're
alive, you won't find me later" (rough paraphrase) seems appropriate. So
while it's true that it's good to be empty of worldly stuff, it apparently
ain't good to be empty of (Christian) spiritual stuff when you die. As you
say, similar to the 'thirsty/drunk' pair in that whether it's good or bad
depends on the object.
As to the 'apocalypsis/mysterion' pair, what you say seems right, though
how it would translate into table-entries, or even whether it should be
included at all, I'm not sure. Maybe as parenthetical additions, as in
'hidden (mysterion)' versus 'revealed (apocalypsis)'? But then, if you're
going to de-emphasize the particulars anyway, you're probably more
interested in the implications of the discussion of this pair for the
abstract distinction(s) you're trying to draw.
The Coptic Gospel of Thomas, saying-by-saying