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Bibil Identifier bibil:204523
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Italian, Long) Il prologo del Vangelo di Giovanni nei rituali e nei testi catari
Author Bertuzzi, Roberta
Journal Cristianesimo nella Storia. Ricerche storiche esegetiche teologiche - Studies in History Theology and Exegesis (Volume: 30, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language Italian
Pages 39-72 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Starting from baptism-rituals and going through cathar and polemistic sources, this paper analyses the role and significance that the Prologue of John, and the whole of John's Gospel as well as the evangelist himself, played in the dualistic heresy. The dichotomy between sons of the flesh and sons of the spirit, especially present in the first eighteen verses of that Gospel, allowed the cathar theologists to maintain, with the aid of the Scriptures, the existence of both a god, Satan, creator of the material world, and another God, creator of the spiritual world, and similarly even the existence of two kinds of men, one bom from devil and destined to ageless death, and the other bom from God, destined to salvation. The particular use that the cathars made of some theological doctrines and ancient sources permits to identify a thread that rightfully places catharism
- not only from a typological but also historical and literary point of view
- in the sphere of gnostic dualism, a dualism which in fact had penetrated various Eastern Christian groups before it was brought to Western Europe through bogomils and crusaders coming back from the Holy Land.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Dualistic Movements during the Middle Ages : Cathars
Pericopes John 1
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