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      Gnostische theologie: Kennis van de onkenbare God Translated title: Gnostic Theology: Knowledge of the Unknowable God

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      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          The Gnostics claimed for themselves a special knowledge of God. They believed that the creator of heaven and earth was not identical with the supreme deity. This article examines the language that the Gnostics used to speak about the supreme God. One of the most frequent expressions applied to God was ‘The One Who Is’ or ‘You Who Are’: we will ask about the possible origins of these expressions in Exodus 3:13-14 and Platonic philosophy. The language of negation was another way to speak about the unspeakable. To the same purpose, the Gnostics frequently resorted to symbols, puzzles, paradoxes, or even a series of virtually meaningless sounds.

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          Journal
          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          February 2006
          18 July 2019
          : 60
          : 1
          : 25-40
          Author notes

          G.P.Luttikhuizen is emeritus hoogleraar van de Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712GK Groningen

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          10.5117/NTT2006.60.025.LUTT
          c4ab9d4f-813e-46b8-843b-439235a5cf04
          © 2018 Amsterdam University Press
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