Envy and Anger at the World’s Creation and Destruction in the Treatise without Title ‘On the Origin of the World’ (NHC II,5)

Envy and Anger at the World’s Creation and Destruction in the Treatise without Title ‘On the... Vigiliae Christianae 65 (2011) 285-310 brill.nl/vc Vi g i l i a e C h r i s t i a n a e © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157007211X543068 Envy and Anger at the World’s Creation and Destruction in the Treatise without Title ‘On the Origin of the World’ (NHC II,5) Andrew Crislip Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of History 811 S. Cathedral Pl., Box 842001 Richmond, VA 23284-2001, USA Abstract The passion of envy in the Nag Hammadi Treatise without Title has been noted by scholars for four decades. The present essay approaches the use of the competitive emotions in the Treatise without Title with a sensitivity to ancient conceptions of the passions, and thus clarifies the role of envy. The Treatise without Title links the passion of envy with anger, an emotional concatenation that is found elsewhere in Jewish and Christian emotional thought, and this emotional concatenation drives the action in three core episodes: the origin of the world from the shadow, the engendering of Death by Yaltabaoth, and the final destruction of the gods of chaos and the prime parent. By reading the emotions in the Treatise thusly, the structuring role of envy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

Envy and Anger at the World’s Creation and Destruction in the Treatise without Title ‘On the Origin of the World’ (NHC II,5)

Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 65 (3): 285 – Jan 1, 2011

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Vigiliae Christianae 65 (2011) 285-310 brill.nl/vc Vi g i l i a e C h r i s t i a n a e © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157007211X543068 Envy and Anger at the World’s Creation and Destruction in the Treatise without Title ‘On the Origin of the World’ (NHC II,5) Andrew Crislip Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of History 811 S. Cathedral Pl., Box 842001 Richmond, VA 23284-2001, USA Abstract The passion of envy in the Nag Hammadi Treatise without Title has been noted by scholars for four decades. The present essay approaches the use of the competitive emotions in the Treatise without Title with a sensitivity to ancient conceptions of the passions, and thus clarifies the role of envy. The Treatise without Title links the passion of envy with anger, an emotional concatenation that is found elsewhere in Jewish and Christian emotional thought, and this emotional concatenation drives the action in three core episodes: the origin of the world from the shadow, the engendering of Death by Yaltabaoth, and the final destruction of the gods of chaos and the prime parent. By reading the emotions in the Treatise thusly, the structuring role of envy

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: passions; envy; emotions; Gnosticism; anger

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