PAPER NOTES 03/03/2008 23:19:00 ← Paper Topic: The 4 Luminaries • Cross Analysis o Texts: SbJ First thought in three forms Zoroastrianos EgG (Egyptian Gospel) AKA Holy book of the great invisible spirit • Purpose: o To determine the exact nature and composition of the 4 luminaries. Harmozel What is it made of? Where did it come from? What does it have? What are its other names? What is its nature? What is its purpose? Oroiael What is it made of? Where did it come from?
What does it have? What are its other names? What is its nature? What is its purpose? Daueithai What is it made of? Where did it come from? What does it have? What are its other names? What is its nature? What is its purpose? Eleleth What is it made of? Where did it come from? What does it have? What are its other names? What is its nature? What is its purpose? ← ← Thesis? ←
← Conclusion? ← ← NOTES ABOUT TEXT: • Restorations from parallel manuscript are in italics • Total conjectures that are sure are in [brackets] ← ← FACTS: • EgG and FTh mention Moirothea/Meirothea (respectively) as mother of the luminaries ← IDEAS: ARSENAL (Main point, evidence, explanation, conclusion): NEXT PAPER: THE REASON FOR HELL!!!!!
The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit, or: The Egyptian Gospel (EgG) 03/03/2008 23:19:00 ← pp. 101-120 ← Background of the Source: • Contents: o The myth as if it were a prelude to a Baptismal ritual o Entire myth recounted Special emphasis on first and last acts of the mythic drama 1) expansion of the invisible spirit/first principle into a full spiritual universe 2) Establishment of the Gnostic church o Spiritual universe Glorifying throne room The Doxomedon Domedon Filled with litanies sung by a hierarchical retinue • Names repeatedly catalogued Barbelo Aeon Threefold structure as in FTh and Zs Pre-existent savior, “the great Seth” Similar to BJn Comes 3 times to intervene in human history • 3 rd time is incarnation of Jesus Emphasis on divine providence as in FTh • Literary Background
o Author unknown o Written before 350 AD o Mythic content resembles Zs o Language of composition is greek o Genres: Heavenly message Learned treatise: • Cosmogony • “True history” Liturgical service book: • Uranography • Hymn o Heavenly Message Composed by “the great Seth” Spiritual archetype Quoted obliquely, not directly from him Learned treatise True history of the Sethid bloodline (“revisionist”) • Up to final incarnation of the savior Liturgical service book For Gnostic baptism:
• Uranographic catalogue: o List of structural elements of the universe “great beings that stand at rest,” presiding over Gnostic baptism concludes with hymn spoken by newly baptized Gnostic • Mythic Characters (Important ones) o The Parent: The great invisible virgin spirit.
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