Introducing Gnosticism: Understanding the Worldview Behind The DaVinci Code
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The Ancient of Days
DaVinci Coda Conference with Michael S. Heiser, PhD
Part 1: "Introducing Gnosticism: Understanding the Worldview Behind The DaVinci Code"
An overview of the beliefs of ancient Gnosticism as a backdrop to the claims in The DaVinci Code, this video defines many of the primary beliefs of Gnosticism, i.e., that the gnostic "God" is not a personal being, that there are/were a plurality of "archons" (including "Sophia" and "The Logos") present before the God of orthodox Christianity even came into being, and that Gnosticism defines YHWH of the Old Testament as a created being. This video also explores the importance of ritual or "sacred" sex in the Gnostic worldview, setting the stage for understanding why modern Gnostics believe that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were sexual consorts and perhaps husband and wife.
Michael S. Heiser, Ph.D. earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Before attending the UW-Madison, Mike earned an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania (major fields: Ancient Israel and Egyptology). Mike was hired as the Academic Editor of Logos Bible Software shortly after completing his Ph.D. Before joining Logos, Mike spent twelve years teaching biblical studies, history, and biblical languages on the undergraduate level. As Academic Editor for Logos, Mike is responsible for targeting and evaluating potential data projects for scholarly products, overseeing existing academic projects, and participating in creating academic content for the software. Mike?s main research interests are Israelite religion (especially Israel?s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. He is the author of the science fiction thriller ?The Facade?. Mike is a member of The Evangelical Theological Society, The Society of Biblical Literature, & The Near East Archaeology Society. Mike's Academic Honors include: Scholarship recipient: Wisconsin Society for Jewish Higher Learning (1995, 1996, 1998) The National Dean's List (1996) Selected to: Who's Who Among America's College Teachers (1996) Fellowship recipient: James L Weinstein Fellowship in Hebrew Studies (1995) Scholarship recipient, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ancient History (1992).
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There also some important inaccuracies. To mention just one, the narrator says that for the Gnostics, Eve had no spiritual spark and was therefore lower than Adam. However, in the ancient Gnostic text "On the Origin of the World," Eve awakens Adam from his spiritual slumber. "When he saw her, he said, 'You will be called 'the mother of the living,' because you are the one who gave me life.'" In the ancient Gnostic "Apocryphon of John," Eve tells him, "I am the foreknowledge of pure light; I am the thought of the undefiled spirit...Arise and remember...and beware of the deep sleep." The Gnostic texts refer to Eve as an emanation of aeons like Sophia and Barbelo, which means she is a direct bearer of spiritual light. The narrator makes no mention of any of this. The film is clearly meant as a disparagement of Gnosticism, as the remarks like "I know this sounds weird" indicate.
I would think that the reason for that would be simply because they were just that; discovered much later!
As well might a possible oral tradition have been in play?
Thank you !