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Title Volume 08, Number 3, 4, Autumn-Winter 1973
Subject Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Description Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Description 86 I Dialogue Pseudo-Philo, viii:6-io, in places of peace and order, 7 Baruch, iii:i5. His treasury is a shrine of wisdom, Jerem. Ii:i6-iy; cf. Pindar, Olymp. vi:64ff., 109. For the Mandaeans "treasure" means "capability, ability, worthiness," E. S. Drower, The Thousand and Twelve Questions (Berlin: Akad.-Verlag, 1.960), 117, n. 8. An impressive treatment of the theme is in the Thanksgiving Hymns (IQH), especially 1 (Plate 35), 3 (PL 37), lof. (PI. 44L), 13 (PL 47). 5Quotation is from E. S. Drower, A Pair of Nasoraean Commentaries (Leiden: Brill, 1963), 69, n.i. Cf. II Baruch, Iiv:i3; Od. Sal, iv:8. The treasure is a fountain, Proverbs viii:24. "He has a multitude of waters in the heavens . . . ," Jerem. li :i6. The source of all earthly treasure is a pool in heaven, 77/ Baruch, x:i-io. The "treasures of glory" are the clouds and earthly fountains, says the Battle Scroll (IQM), x:i2, the latter being fed by the former, Pseudo-Philo, xix: 10, cf. N. Sed, "Une cosmologie juive du haut moyen-age," in Revue des Etudes Juives, 124 (1965), 64-5. In the treasuries of the heavens are "the living waters," 7 Enoch, xviii:2; blessings pour from "the holy dwelling and the eternal fountain that never deceives," IQSb, i:3 (this is also temple imagery, I Enoch, xxxix:5). God's creative intelligence is "a strong fountain," IQH, xii:ii. Pindar, Olymp. i:iff.; iii :65ft.; ix:i9, and Aeschylus, Persians, 234,1022, equate the life-giving gold and silver of the divine treasure-house of oracular wisdom with golden grain and silver fountains. The light of the treasure is also a stream, Pistis Sophia, 65 (i32f.). The creative process is an ever-flowing Jordan of Light, Cinza, 67 (M. Lidzbarski, Cinza [Gottingen, 1925], 6if.). 677 Baruch, Iiv:i3. 7K. Koch, "Wort and Einheit des Schopfergottes im Memphis und Jerusalem," in Zeitschr. f. Theol. u. Kirche, 62 (1965), 276. This is one of many, recent studies pointing out the relevance and importance of early Egyptian texts for the study of Jewish and Christian concepts. So L. V. Khybar, in JNES, 13 (1954), 87; R. Anthes, in JNES, 18 (1959), 169-212; L. Speleers, Les Textes des Cercueils (Brussels, 1946), xxviii. The five stoicheia "gush forth" from the five treasure-houses, Manichaische Handschriften der Staatl. Museen Berlin (Stuttgart, 1940), I, 30. 8Such a scene is depicted in the archaic text of the so-called Shabako Stone, K. Sethe, Das 'Denkmal Memphitischer Theologie', der Schabakostein des Br. Museums (Leipzig, 1928), 23-32, 60-70, in the Pyramid Texts, e.g., #468 (895); and Coffin Texts, e.g., #39 (166-67); in Enuma Elish, Tab. iii: 132-38; iv; vi. On the general Near Eastern background of the Council in Heaven, see F. M. Cross, in JNES, 12 (1959), 274-77; H. W. Robinson, in Jnl. Theol. Stud. 45 (1944), 151-57. On the presentation of the Plan, see J. Fichtner, in ZATW, 63 (1951), 16-33. The scene is presented in the Serekh Scroll (IQS), x:iff.; Ben Sirach, xvii: nf.; Pastor Hermae, Vis. i:3; The 1012 Questions (Drower), 112. 9Thus in the Shabako Stone (see note 8) as rendered by J. Breasted, The Development of Religion and Thought in Ancient Egypt (London, 1912), 46; "Then he assembled all the gods and their kas (saying to them): 'Come ye and take possession of the "Meb-towe," the divine store-house . . . whence is furnished the "Life of the Two Lands."'" Cf. Pindar, Pyth., xi-.j: "Come to the hidden Melian treasury of the golden tripods . . . the storehouse of true counsels, where the host of heroes assembles." Cf. Jerem. x:i2; 4 Ezra viii:20; Ben Sirach, xxxix: 12-17; IQH, i:io, xiii:i; IQS, x:i-2; Od. Sal. xv and xvi; xix:iff.; Acts of Thomas, c. 136 (A. F. J. Klijn, The Acts of Thomas [Leiden: Brill, 1962], 137); Psalms of Thomas, K7-14; cciikuff.; the Second Gnostic Work, 39a (C. Schmidt, in Texte u. Untersuchungen, 8 [1892], 254, 301). At the Great Council in Heaven the Son said to the Father: "If it please Thee . . . speak, open Thy treasury, and take therefrom a boon," the boon being the plan of salvation, Prayerbook of the Mandaeans, No. 250, in E. S. Drower, The Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans (Leiden: Brill, 1959), 207; the scene is also described, ibid., 225 (No. 318), 227 (No. 321), 228 (No. 323), 252 (No. 358, cf. 365-68), 269 (No. 375) 271ft. (No. 376). There is a dramatic description of the opening of the chest in the Alma Rishaia Zuta, iii :199ft. (in Drower, Nasoraean Commentaries, 69). So Cinza (Lidzbarski), 493. There are five treasuries of the senses; when the mind (enthymesis) wants to create, it opens the appropriate treasure-chest to get the things it needs, Manichaische Handschriften der staatl. Museen Berlin (Stuttgart, 1940), I, 138-40, the things being the elements in an unformed state, ib. 54. Though they were later corrupted by mixture with a lower state of matter or ground-substance, the physical elements are in themselves pure and holy, ib., 239; in their corrupt earthly form they are gold, silver, copper, lead, and tin, ib., 33. God also opens a treasure-chest to bring forth healing elements for man, Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 46. 10Gospel of Truth (M. Malinine, et. ah, Evangelium Veritatis [Zurich, 1956], fol. XIVV, 5-7. Smoke, fire, wind, and water were the chaotic contents of the divine Store-house, Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 9. In the Cinza, 259, there is a leavening substance, a "Sauerteig der Welt," kept in the divine Treasure-house, arid from this the world and the planets are created, as higher worlds are created of a like substance, 261. God furnishes "the whole creation" from "the
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