The Thunder: Perfect Mind A New Translation and Introduction

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This is the first book-length treatment in English of the Nag Hammadi text,The Thunder: Perfect Mind a poem of "I am" statements that has garnered a strong following in mainstream culture. This book offers a fresh, current translation (with detailed Coptic annotations) and ten chapters of introductory analysis of the text. Approaching the text from socio-historical, literary, and postmodern gender-theoretical frameworks, the editors situateThunderas an early Christian text - away from the now suspect category of "Gnosticism" - and offer conclusions on its possible ancient meanings, as well as its interpretive possibilities for the present moment.

Author Biography

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary. Jared Calaway, Maia Kotrosits, Celene Lillie, and Justin Lasser are also associated with Union Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the Translationp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Thunder: Perfect Mindp. 1
An Introduction to The Thunder: Perfect Mindp. 7
What Kind of Literature is Thunder?p. 15
Degnosticizing Thunderp. 21
Literary Patternsp. 29
Gendering Thunder, Thundering Genderp. 41
Rumbling Cultural and Social Orderp. 53
Violence, Subjectivity, and Identityp. 61
Style and Poetic Artistryp. 69
Performing Thunderp. 83
Making Meaning of Thunder in Ancient and Contemporary Contextsp. 93
The Thunder: Perfect Mind, Annotated Coptic Text and English Translationp. 102
Notesp. 155
Works Consultedp. 175
Text Indexp. 183
Subject Indexp. 185
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