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L. Cerioni
Revealing Women. Feminine Imagery in Gnostic Christian Texts

approx. 320 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58668-7
Languages: English
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Revealing Women offers a detailed and textual oriented investigation of the roles and functions of female mythological characters in Gnostic Christian mythologies.

Revealing Women offers a detailed and textual oriented investigation of the roles and functions of female characters in Gnostic Christian mythologies. It answers questions such as: to what end did Gnostic Christian theologians employ feminine imagery in their theology? What did they want to convey through it?
This book shows that feminine imagery was a genuine concern for Gnostic theologians, and it enquires about how it was employed to describe the divine through a contextual reading of Gnostic Christian texts presenting Ophite, Sethian, Barbeloite and Valentinian mythologoumena and theologoumena. Overall, it argues that feminine imagery ought to be acknowledged as an important theological framework to investigate and contextualize Gnostic works by showing that these theologians used feminine imagery to exemplify those aspects of the Godhead which they considered paradoxical and, yet, essential. The claims made in the first chapters are later substantiated by an in-depth investigation of understudied Gnostic texts, such as the so-called Simonian Gnostic works, the Book of Baruch of the Gnostic teacher Justin and the Nag Hammadi treatise known as Exegesis of the Soul.

Dr Lavinia Cerioni completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2018 and is now Adjunct Lecturer at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum (Rome). She has published several articles on Women in Early Christian Thought, Gnosticism and Origen of Alexandria.

Interest Classification:
Philosophy
Oriental & non-Western Philosophies
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Comparative religion & religions not otherwise listed
Comparative religion
Ancient & Oriental religions (excl. Judaism & offshoots)
Gnosticism
Christian Church : Institutional History
Early Church (pre-Constantine, to c. 312)
Social Sciences
Sociology

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