By Hal Taussig; Jared Calaway; Maia Kotrosits; Celene Lillie; Justin Lasser;
This is the 1st book-length remedy in English of the Nag Hammadi textual content, The Thunder: excellent brain - a poem of 'I am' statements that has garnered a powerful following in mainstream tradition. This booklet bargains a clean, present translation (with specific Coptic annotations) and ten chapters of introductory research of the text.
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This “he” is remarkable, and strongly authoritative. It is the ﬁrst time in the piece that someone supersedes the “I” unchallenged– this “he” seems to have crept in at the last moment. However, and perhaps more importantly, in this ﬁnal appearance, “he” coincides with a number of other perplexing moves at the text’s end. Or rather what makes this last section so strange is exactly how unperplexing it 38 THE THUNDER: PERFECT MIND becomes. The question then is less about who “he” is and more about what brings him into Thunder at the end.
20 Finally, it must be emphasized that there was no such thing as the “gnostic religion” in antiquity. Neither did these early Christian movements refer to themselves as a gnostic religion per se, nor did their detractors. ”23 To get a fuller picture of Layton’s interpretational stance, it is worth quoting him at some length. He goes on to say: In gnostic myth the role of afterthought–also know as “life” (Zoe), the female instructing principle, and the holy spirit–is to assist both Adam and all human kind, in order to recollect the power stolen by Ialdabaoth (Secret Revelation of John 20:14f) and now dispersed in the gnostic race.
Another remarkable facet of this passage is the way the “characters” of Thunder (the pronouns “I,” “they,” and “you”) relate to one another and function within the literary and philosophical frame of the piece. THE THUNDER: PERFECT MIND 34 W HO IS S PEAKING ? A ND FROM W HERE ? The so-called characters of Thunder never have uncomplicated relations with one another–they are in constant conﬂict, and individually remain elusive. The question of who the “I,” “you,” “they,” and “he” are mystiﬁes. It is therefore not particularly useful to speculate too much on who these pronouns might be speciﬁcally referencing outside the text.