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How “Valentinian” Was Heracleon’s Reading of the Healing of the Son of a Royal Official?
University College Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2203-7977
2019 (English)In: Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity / [ed] Mikael Tellbe, Tommy Wasserman, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019, p. 219-239Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The interpretation of a Johannine healing story by the second-century Christian teacher Heracleon has in previous scholarship been presumed to be determined by “Valentinian” sectarian doctrines; Heracleon has been said to identify the royal official in the story with the Maker (δημιουργός), an inferior divinity who has created the material world, and his son as one of three categories of human beings whose eternal fate are determined by their spiritual, animated, or material inherent nature. This article attempts a novel reading of Heracleon’s interpretation, presuming neither that Heracleon subscribes to the ideas associated to “Valentinian” teachers by heresiological authors, nor that Origen of Alexandria always refers to Heracleon’s comments using verbatim quotations. The article argues that the identification of the royal official with the Maker is inferred by Origen based on heresiological presumptions, and that Heracleon used Synoptic and Pauline parallels to read the story as a metaphor of humanity’s perilous state as afflicted with the disease of sin, and in dire need of salvation.

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Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019. p. 219-239
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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, ISSN 0340-9570, E-ISSN 2568-7484 ; 511
Keywords [en]
Heracleon, Valentinus, Origen, Gospel of John, Gnosticism
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-854DOI: 10.1628/978-3-16-158937-9ISBN: 978-3-16-158936-2 (print)ISBN: 978-3-16-158937-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-854DiVA, id: diva2:1384371
Available from: 2020-01-09 Created: 2020-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-14Bibliographically approved

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