Re: [GTh] bride's chamber in Thomas
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From: "sarban" <sarban@...>
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: [GTh] bride's chamber in Thomas
> The Heracleon fragments are about interpreting various prima
> facie historical statements in John as referring to a spiritual
> reality; they should not be taken literally IMO.
> Andrew Criddle
Can I clarify what I mean by 'should not be taken literally' ?
I don't mean that Heracleon was mistaken or lying or
inaccurate. I mean he is speaking allegorically.
Heracleon says that Capernaum means the realm of matter,
the mountain of Samaria means the devil and his world, the
water jar of the woman of Samaria means 'the disposition and
the thought of the power which is from the Savior', the official
whose child was ill means the Demiurge, the servants of the
official mean the angels of the Demiurge, etc.
These are not claims about historical facts but clims about the
spiritual meaning of various passages in John.
IMO the statements about priests and levites should be taken
in the same way. They are not saying things about literal levites
but things about what John on a spiritual level really means when
he talks about levites.