By Karen L. King
Misplaced in antiquity, rediscovered in 1896, and just recently available for research, the key Revelation of John bargains a firsthand inspect the variety of Christianity ahead of the institution of canon and creed. Karen L. King bargains an illuminating analyzing of this old text--a narrative of the construction of the universe and humanity and a advisor to justice and salvation, acknowledged to be Christ's revelation to his disciple John. liberating the Revelation from the class of "Gnosticism" to which such debts have been relegated, King indicates how the Biblical textual content might be learn by means of early Christians in radical and revisionary methods. by means of putting the Revelation in its social and highbrow milieu, she revises our realizing of early Christianity and, extra usually, spiritual proposal within the historical Mediterranean international. Her paintings is helping the trendy reader via many intriguing--but confusing--ideas within the textual content: for instance, that the author god of Genesis, a self-described jealous and unique god, isn't the actual Deity yet a type of fallen angel; or, in an overt critique of patriarchy distinct in historic literature, the assertion that the subordination of lady to guy was once an ignorant act in direct violation of the "holy height." In King's research, the Revelation turns into now not unusual yet a understandable non secular vision--and a window at the non secular tradition of the Roman Empire. A translation of the total mystery Revelation of John is incorporated. (20060215)
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Nag h a m m a d i c o d e x i i 41 9 1And the All was ﬁrmly founded through the will of the holy Spirit, through Autogenes. 2And from the Foreknowledge of the perfect Mind through the revelation of the will of the invisible Spirit and the will of Autogenes, the invisible Spirit named the perfect Human, the ﬁrst revelation and the truth, Pigera-Adamas. 3And It set him up over the ﬁrst Aeon with the great Autogenes Christ, beside the ﬁrst Light, Armozel. And Its powers dwelled with him. 4And the Invisible one gave him an unconquerable intellectual power.
15The twelve Aeons belong to the Son of Autogenetos. 30 It caused the truth which is in It to be subject to him in order that he might know the All. 5 Armozel nag h a m m a d i c o d e x i i 39 Spirit. 27The divine Autogenes, the Christ, (is) that one who honored It with a mighty voice. 28He appeared through the Pronoia. 29And the invisible virginal Spirit placed Autogenes as true god over the All 30and It subjected to him all authority and the truth which dwells in It so that he might know the All.
16[It is] in[visible because there is] no one to 30 be r l i n c o d e x ( b g ) existing forever. 18(It is) ineffable because no one has comprehended It in order to speak about It. 19(It is) the one whose name cannot be spoken because no one exists before It to name It. 20It is the immeasurable light, the pure one who is holy and unpolluted, 21the ineffable one who is incorruptibly perfect. 22It is neither perfection nor blessedness nor divinity, but It is a thing far superior to these. 23It is not boundless nor is It limited, but It is a thing far superior to these.
The Secret Revelation of John by Karen L. King