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Bibil Identifier bibil:223904
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Unreliability of Irenaeus's Reference to Syneisaktism (Adversus Haereses 1,6,3)
Author Van der Sypt, Liesbeth
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 66, Issue: 5)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 551-557 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In modern scholarly research there seems to be a consensus that Irenaeus's Adversus Haereses 1,6,3 should be interpreted in connection with the ascetic practice of syneis­aktism (“spiritual marriage“). Irenaeus writes that some Valentinians who “pretend at first to live in chastity with them as with sisters, have been proved in the course of time to be in the wrong, when the sister gives birth to a child of her brother“. At first sight this sentence indeed seems to describe a practice in which the living together in chastity is the central focus and a link with syneisaktism is therefore not far-fetched. In this article, however, I present another interpretation. By looking to the content of the text and its context, it will be possible to prove that the paragraph in question is a polemical reproach that does not find any firm ground in the range of thoughts really held by this particular Gnostic movement.
DOI 10.1163/157007212X635821
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Irenaeus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Themes : Asceticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Valentinians
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Valentinians : Ptolemy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Marriage
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Virginity
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