By Gillian Beattie

Beattie undertakes a comparative survey of the remedy of ladies and marriage in 3 other forms of textual content: an real Pauline letter (namely 1 Corinthians); the deutero-Pauline literature (Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles); and a few tractates from the Nag Hammadi library (giving specific realization to the Gospel of Philip, the Exegesis at the Soul, the Hypostasis of the Archons and the Gospel of Thomas). The theoretical place she takes is predicated upon the neo-pragmatist considered Richard Rorty and Stanley Fish, the former's notions of 'contingency' and 'redescription' being of specific importance.

The objective of this publication is twofold: to attract cognizance to the contingency (that is to assert, the situatedness and vested pursuits) attendant on all acts of interpretation; and to have interaction in a redescription of the class of 'gnosticism' to which the Nag Hammadi texts have often been assigned, and therefore additionally of the canonical texts as obvious when it comes to them. it's not the goal to indicate in a simplistic model that the Nag Hammadi texts may still by some means displace the canonical records because the 'correct' interpreting of Paul, yet particularly to teach that texts will be learn in methods as assorted and various because the ambitions in their interpreters.

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