At the beginning of your your response to Jerry, you wrote:
> I would venture to say that there is more than one 'secret' we are dealing
> with here in regard to Gnosticism.
... then at the end:
> No doubt the 'secret' you [Jerry] are referring to is somehow related to
> the nature of spirit, and the corporeal nature of both God and the soul.
In between was a lot of stuff about Gnosticism, which I would urge that you
and others keep to a minimum - and keep relevant to Thomas - since this is
not a Gnosticism discussion list per se. As to what Jerry had in mind,
however, I think his latest note makes clear that it isn't what you think.
In fact, he seems to be combining two quite distinct "Mosaic secrets" - a
Jewish one having to do with secret priestly instructions with no reference
to Jesus, and the other a distinctly Christian "secret" denied by Jews,
namely that the "Books of Moses" - the Pentateuch - spoke about Jesus. That
Jerry had the first "secret" in mind is clear from his latest note, where he
talks about that secret exclusively. But that he also included the second
"secret" in his original presentation is clear from his citation of John
5:46, which reads:
"For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me."
The clear difference between these two "secrets" places in doubt the value
of regarding as a single group the two quite different groups of believers.
Not to say that _some_ Christians might not have accepted the "Jewish
secret" in addition to their own, but the reverse wouldn't hold. And then
there's the matter of the term 'true gnostics', which Jerry wants to apply
to the conglomeration of folks who believed in either one of the two Mosaic
"secrets". That seems seriously misleading.
Mt. Clemens, MI