Rethinking Valentinianism: some remarks on the "Tripartite Tractate", with special reference to Plotinus' "Enneads" II,9

This paper analyses an important Valentinian source, the Tractatus Tripartitus, the last work in the so-called Codex Jung. The main aim of the article is to provide a reading of the text as a whole, highlighting how the Tractatus Tripartitus might be understood as an attempt to remove the apocalypti...

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Published in:Augustinianum
Main Author: Berno, Francesco ca. 20./21. Jh.
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Augustinianum
Year: 2016, Volume: 56, Issue: 2, Pages: 331-345
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Summary:This paper analyses an important Valentinian source, the Tractatus Tripartitus, the last work in the so-called Codex Jung. The main aim of the article is to provide a reading of the text as a whole, highlighting how the Tractatus Tripartitus might be understood as an attempt to remove the apocalyptic matrix of Valentinian theology. Finally, several essential features of the work are compared with the well-known charges brought against the Gnostics by Plotinus, investigating the possibility of an actual historical relationship between the Tripartite Tractate and the ninth essay of the second Ennead.
ISSN:0004-8011
Contains:Enthalten in: Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Augustinianum