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Authoritative Teaching

The Authoritative Teaching is a gnostic tractate of the Nag Hammadi Library placed in Codex VI.[1] The text is dated around the 3rd century AD.[2] Authoritative Teaching is considered a Gnostic text not because it provides an explanation of the origin of the world, but because it makes implications that the soul is initially a divine entity that has been placed on the immoral Earth to face the trials of evil and regain its elevated place in the heavens through the attainment of knowledge.[3]

Overview

The text gives a metaphoric teaching about a soul (her) from a divine world that comes to see the material world but gets distracted and creates earthly attachments. Some of the metaphorical identities that the soul is given include a prostitute, a contestant, a bride, an invalid, a fish, and wheat.[3] However, God the father watches over the soul and warns the soul of earthly attachments.[2] These attachments are Lust, Pride, Greed, Fraud, Ignorance, Envy, & Vanity.[4]

References

  1. ^ Michael Matkin, J. (2005). The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels, The Complete Idiot's Guide Series. Penguin. p. 201.  
  2. ^ a b Van Den Broek, R. (2013). Gnostic Religion in Antiquity. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 33.  
  3. ^ a b director, James M. Robinson, (1977). The Nag Hammadi Library : Chenoposkion Manuscripts English (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Harper & Row. p. 278.  
  4. ^ Perkins, Pheme. Gnosticism and the New Testament. Fortress Press. p. 173.  
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