This blog is important to me, though it has languished (or I have) of late. My apologies to those of you who have checked in. I am back and will try to stay back.
What's on the horizon?
I am presenting a paper for the Regional SBL analyzing Sophia in Wisdom of Solomon agains a Middle Platonic backdrop. I should also be working on rewriting the dissertation from whence this paper comes. Soon, very soon.
When I am not teaching or chasing after any of my children, I have been working of late on a book review of "Gnostic Revisions of Genesis Stories and Early Jesus Traditions", by Gerard P. Luttikhuizen. It's OK - he provides competant readings of the Apocryphon of John and certain other Nag Hammadi tractates. Having finished with the Genesis Stories portion, I find his thesis that the source of these revisions is pagan or greek-minded Christians (but NOT non-Christian Jewish traditions) has not been proven. He argues against Pearson and others who see Sethian "gnosticism" as arising from Greek-speaking Jewish circles. I agree with him that Apoc. John has strong pagan/Greek intellectual influences, but I don't see how they could not have as easily influenced certain dis-illusioned Jews as the Christians he supposes.
I am working also on amassing materials related to the first tractate of Corpus Hermeticum, aka POIMANDRES, to make a comparison with certain Nag Hammadi/Sethian writings. I might say more on this later.