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Why Christians in Upper Egypt read Plato and Hermes?

  • Dr. Ulla Tervahauta
Friday 15 April 2016
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference Room

As professor for History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity Jürgen Zangenberg has invited dr. Ulla Tervahauta to give a lecture about 'Why Christians in Upper Egypt read Plato and Hermes?'

Nag Hammadi Codex VI is an intriguing collection of four or so Christian(ised) and three Hermetic Coptic writings, with an excerpt from Plato’s Republic X 588a-589b between them. One of the key themes reflected in these writings concern the soul’s progress and ascent, but other themes are found as well, such as healing and the many forms or appearances of the divine.
I approach the Codex VI and its writings as a compilation produced in the late fourth century, possibly in a Christian context. The inclusion of Plato’s and Hermetic teachings indicates receptiveness to their teachings, also evidenced by other Christian writers of the third and the fourth century.


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