The Authoritative Teaching is a gnostic text that makes implications of a divine spirit being placed on the immoral Earth to face the trials of evil and regain its elevated place in the heavens through attaining knowledge.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. However, God watches over the soul and warns the soul of earthly attachments such as Lust, Pride, Greed, Fraud, Ignorance, Envy and Vanity.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||150-300 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Gnostic Nag-Hammadi|
Gnosticism is a modern term categorizing a collection of pre-Christian ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world which they viewed as created by the demiurge; and instead embraced the spiritual world.
The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Twelve leather-bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar were found by a local farmer named Muhammed al-Samman. The writings in these codices comprised fifty-two mostly Gnostic treatises.
|Discovered:||Nag Hammadi Library, Egypt 1945
The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of 13 ancient books containing over 50 texts. This important discovery includes a number of primary "Gnostic Gospels" – texts which were assumed to have been destroyed during the early Christian conflicts.
All the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi can be viewed in the Gnostic Society Library website.
|Further Reading:|| earlychristianwritings.com/text/authoritative.html|
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