An Op-Ed blog by April DeConick, featuring discussions of the Nag Hammadi collection, Tchacos Codex,
and other Christian apocrypha, but mostly just the things on my mind.
featuring discussions of the Nag Hammadi collection,
and other Christian apocrypha,
but mostly just the things on my mind.
This reminds me of, I think, Aristotle who said a friend is like having one soul in two bodies. It is as if Aristotle or those who repeated him afterward has been fused with "love your neighbor as yourself."
What is the name of this picture? Where does it come from? How old is it? Signed Curious in Austin
Richard, wish I knew. I found it on the web with no attribution. If anyone knows it provenance, please let me know so that I can post it.Jared, the "your soul" is an idiom in Semitic languages for "yourself". It is one of the signs that the Gospel of Thomas (or the Kernel at least) was not Greek, but Aramaic then Syriac (in my opinion).
Yes, I figured it reflected Semitic idiom for "self," but when taken in Greek as "soul" it cannot help but evoke the philosophical tradition.
The word in the top left-hand corner is ܚܫܡܝܬܐ = "supper". The script is estrangela and if I'm not mistaken, there's a vowel point underneath the yod, which would mean that the image is not older than 8th century and probably of Eastern (Nestorian) origin.
Eerdmans used this image for the jacket of Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, identified it as from the 13th century but no further info; credited to The Image Works.
That is one of favorites. Thanks!
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