THE EVALUTION OF THE TEACHING OF JESUS IN CHRISTIAN GNOSTIC REVELATION DIALOGUES by GERARD P. LUTTIKHUIZEN Groningen A characteristic feature of Gnostic revelation dialogues is the account of the perplexities and the troubling questions of the re- cipients prior to the appearance of the heavenly revealer. In the tractate Zostrianos, e.g., the protagonist of this extensive non- Christian revelation dialogue is worried about the mystery of the unbegotten Existence and about other metaphysical matters to such a degree that he decides to deliver himself to the beasts of the desert for a violent death. But at that moment, the messenger of knowledge of the eternal Light stood before him and disclosed to him the aeons of the heavenly realm.2 The initial confusion and ignorance of the recipients is also emphasized in several Christian Gnostic dialogues. The opening narrative of the Sophia of Jesus Christ tells us how after the resurrec- tion of their Lord, the twelve disciples and seven women followers of Jesus, gathered together on a mountain in Galilee, were perplexed about the origin of the Universe and about the plan of salvation. Then the Saviour appeared to them. He laughed and said: "What are you thinking
Novum Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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