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The Gospel of Mary$
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Christopher Tuckett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212132.001.0001

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How Gnostic is the Gospel of Mary ?

How Gnostic is the Gospel of Mary ?

(p.42) 5 How Gnostic is the Gospel of Mary ?
The Gospel of Mary

Christopher Tuckett (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the Gnostic nature of the Gospel of Mary. It argues that despite the lack of any explicit detailed account of a creation myth, or an explicit reference to the creation of the world by a demiurge figure, there appears to be sufficient correlations with Gnostic themes and motifs — both in terms of general ideas and in terms of smaller details — to suggest that the Gospel of Mary is indeed Gnostic text, or at least sufficiently close to texts such as the Apocryphon of John to make a comparison between the texts fruitful and positive. However, whether we can be any more precise (e.g., assign the Gospel of Mary to a ‘Sethian’ or ‘Valentinian’ form of Gnosticism) remains uncertain.

Keywords:   Gnostic text, Gospel of Mary, creation myth, Sethian Gnosticism, Valentinian Gnosticism

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