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Bibil Identifier bibil:226295
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Way of Salvation: Becoming Like God in Nag Hammadi
Author Roig Lanzillotta, Lautaro
Journal Numen. International Review for the History of Religions (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 71-102 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Contrary to general belief, ethical progress as a means to attain the divine and thereby achieve salvation occupies a central place in the Nag Hammadi writings. Plato’s conception of the homoiosis theo or “likeness to god” fits very well this dynamic view of man, since it optimistically claims the possibility of human development and progress. Plato’s dialogues are far from offering a univocal exposition of how this progress was fulfilled, but later Platonists show a rather systematizing tendency. The present paper provides an overview of the homoiosis theo in the Platonic dialogues and evaluates its appropriation by both Middle Platonism and the world of Gnosis. It also offers an exposition and analysis of those Nag Hammadi writings that may allow a proper understanding of the meaning and goal of the homoiosis theo in this collection of texts.
DOI 10.1163/15685276-12341253
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy : Middle Platonism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Themes : Anthropology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Texts : Nag Hammadi
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Themes : God - Humanity Relationship
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