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  • Jim Bauer
    The recent events in the war against terrorism couldn t have come at a more opportune time--the Millennium--or place--the Middle East--for the apocalyptic
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 24, 2001
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      The recent events in the war against terrorism couldn't have come at a more opportune time--the Millennium--or place--the Middle East--for the apocalyptic Fundamentalists. With this in mind I undertook a reading of GTh looking for apocalyptic statements. There were many, but the following (#11) was unique in the way it inverts the "making the two into one" mythology:

      "Jesus said, this heaven will pass away and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two what will you do?"

      This is the only other saying than "the man which the lion eats" (#7) where poetic repetition--"what will you do?"--is used to emphasize a point. Also along this line GTh speaks of "what is consumed" mentioned in #7. IMO it is possibly an early reference to a communion sacrament.

      But what is really interesting is the saying where "one becomes two". As noted above, this inverts the usual symbolism of the two and the one. Indeed, it sounds a lot like the "emanation" of the physical from the spiritual displayed in the Logos theology of GJohn and perhaps the remainder of the Johannine corpus.

      In many respects it resembles the nous discussed by Plotinus, although he obviously could not have historically transmitted his ideas into GTh. Rather, it must be one of those innate ideas which is stored in the environment.

      Jim Bauer


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