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Title: Femme, Gnose et manicheisme: De l'espace mythique au territoire du reel
Author: Scopello, Madeleine
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2005
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004114524
Volumes: 1; Pages: 420
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The present volume offers fourteen studies dealing with feminine figures in Gnosticism and Manichaeism.In Part One ("Images et symboles"), the Author unveils the hidden meaning of some feminine figures having played a role on the mythical scene of those trends. Some of these figures, borrowed from other traditions, have been deeply reworked by Gnostics or Manichees assuming thereby a new significance. An intermezzo ("Passages") investigates the presence of women names in titles preserved in the Nag Hammadi Library and the relationship between a female protagonist and a specific literary genre. Part Two ("Histoire et ralit") reconstructs the portraits of some women, especially Manichaean, to whom the historical inquiry gives life again, thanks to a fresh reading of first hand sources, as well of heresiological or archeological testimonies.Some of these studies have been previously published and have now been significantly updated and expanded. Some others are lectures on Feminine in Gnosticism and Manichaeism given by the Author in Sorbonne, Paris, since 1994.Madeleine Scopello, Dr. in Humanities and Philosophy (History of Early Christianity), Turin University, is Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), in Paris. She has been lecturing regularly on Manichaeism in Paris-Sorbonne since 1992. A member of the Canadian editorial project Bibliothque Copte de Nag Hammadi, she has published extensively on Gnosticism and Manichaeism, including L'Exgse de l'me (Brill, 1985), Les gnostiques, Le Cerf, (1991, Italian and Japanese translations in 1995 and 1997) and a French translation and commentary on Allogenes (Leuven, 2002).