Fall as Ascent: The exegesis of Gen 3-4 and 6:1-4 in the Apocryphon of John

Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer

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Abstract

The Apocryphon of John presents an inverted reading of the biblical fall narrative. As the material world is evil, its creator is an incompetent and malevolent demiurge and therefore disobedience to him is a sign of liberation from the ties of matter. The gnostic idea of the spirit seed sees the real fall in the descent and subsequent capture of the divine spark inside matter. The revelation of its true origin leads to its ascent and return to the true, immaterial deity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFall Narratives
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Perspective
EditorsAine Larkin, Zohar Hadromi-Allouche
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages203-214
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781472483720
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Leonhardt-Balzer, J. (2017). Fall as Ascent: The exegesis of Gen 3-4 and 6:1-4 in the Apocryphon of John. In A. Larkin, & Z. Hadromi-Allouche (Eds.), Fall Narratives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 203-214). Routledge.