Gnostic self-deification: the case of Simon of Samaria

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Litwa, David. (2016). Gnostic self-deification: the case of Simon of Samaria. Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies. 1(1-2), pp. 157 - 176.
AuthorsLitwa, David

This essay argues that gnostic deification can be redescribed as self-deification. Self-deification, it is argued, is realized in three “moments”: (1) the intuition of one’s own divine core, (2) deeply reflexive practices of self-knowledge, and (3) identification with a higher divine self. These three moments are contextualized with the help of ancient philosophy and several gnostic texts. Finally, a case study on Simon of Samaria illustrates how the three moments of self-deification play out.

JournalGnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
Journal citation1 (1-2), pp. 157 - 176
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Page range157 - 176
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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Place of publicationNetherlands
EditorsA.D. DeConick and L.R. Lanzillotta
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