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Bibil Identifier bibil:214634
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Preserving the Divine: αὐτο- Prefixed Generative Terms and the Untitled Treatise in the Bruce Codex
Author Muehlberger, Ellen
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 65, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 311-328 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Greek literature from antiquity, there is a set of terms formed from verbs of origination or generation and prefixed with αὐτο-, which are represented primarily in three types of literature prior to the fifth century: in the surviving fragments from Numenius, in apologetic histories which incorporate oracular statements about first gods, and in the reports about and examples of Sethian literature. By considering the range of transliterated words in the Coptic Untitled Treatise based upon αὐτο- prefixed generative terms from Greek, we can discern several of the traditions that underlie this text's multiple, often competing, narratives about the structure and population of the divine world. Many of those traditions are also recorded in apologetic histories, and comparison with these shows that the Untitled Treatise is an example of a different mode of historical writing, one which is preservationist rather than explicitly persuasive.
DOI 10.1163/157007211X543040
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Texts : Codex Brucianus (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bruce 96)
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