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88 I Dialogue 23With a new creation things become visible on a new level, Secrets of Enoch, xxiv:5-xxv:i; xxiv:2; xxx:io-n; lxv; II Baruch, li:8. This is consistent with the doctrine that one sees or comprehends only what one is like, see below, note 103. In the Genesis creation hymn, "everything is as it were created twice, in two different ways," J. B. Bauer, in Theol. Zeitschr., 20 (1964), 7; Albright has shown that "in the beginning" does not refer to an absolute beginning but to the start of a new phase in a going concern, ib., 1. Ex ouk onton refers to such a phase rather than to creation ex nihilo, W. Richter, in Biblische Zeitschr., NF 10 (1966), 97, citing 2 Mace. vii:28, and Homil. Clem., xix:4, 9,16,18. 24The concept of Gen. i and Psalms xciv and civ is the same as the old Egyptian idea that the Creation was the beginning of a new cycle of time following a different kind of age, K. Koch, Zeitschr. f. Theol. u. Kirche, 62 (1965), 257. At the Creation God showed his children "what they did not know before, creating new things and abolishing old agreements, to establish that which should be eternally," IQH, xiiino-12; Ben Sirach, xxxvi: 6-8. Passing from one life to another is a renewal, IQH, xi: 12ft; one's existence does not begin with the womb, though a new life begins there, IQH, xv 112-15; Apocalypse of Adam, 78:1. When the "treasury of the heavenly King is opened" the saints become heirs to a new kingdom by a renewal of the mind, Acts of Thomas, Ch. 136. To become a Christian is to accept a new creation, Epist. to Diognetus, xi. 25Below, note 79. The Egyptians taught that a creation was the reuniting of existing things in new forms, R. Anthes, in Aegypt. Zeitschr., 82 (1957), 3. Untamed chaotic matter is represented as a raging beast, e.g., Pistis Sophia, 54 (104); 55 (105); when the beast is subdued an orderly world is composed of its substance, ib., 70 (154). Can this be the origin of the common tradition of creation from the body of some slain monster? 26Clementine Recognitions, K24. So Cinza, 506, 508-10, 438. The spirits are equal in age, but not in power and glory, in which they compare as fathers to sons, without any rivalry or jealousy, Sophia Christi (ed. W. Till), 97:2ft. 27Every man has a dmuta= "likeness, counterpart, image," which is the "spiritual or ideal counterpart or double. . . ," E. S. Drower, 1012 Questions, 11; it is "the pre-existent pneumatic part of man," ib., 122, n. 5, 161, 173, n. 3. Thus Paul (in the Apocalypsis Pauli, xviii :22ft) and Tobit (in an Aramaic text of Tobit from Qumran) both see their spiritual doubles. In the remarkable Vision of Kenaz in the Pseudo-Philo, xxviii:8, that early prophet sees the spirits of men walking about in another spirit-world while waiting for this world to be created. This is the Mandaean Ether-Earth, E. Drower, Prayerbook of the Mandaeans, 290, n. 4. Before the creation of the world "the soul still sat in the Kanna, without pain and without defect. . . ," Lidzbarski, Johannesbuuch der Mandaer, 55 (No. 13). All creatures are double, Pastor Hermae, II (Mand., viii), 1, and all souls existed before the formation of the world, Secrets of Enoch, xxiii:4- The related Platonic doctrine "became a prevailing dogma in later Judaism," according to R. H. Charles, Apocrypha & Pseudepiographa of the Old Testament (Oxford, 1913), II, 444. 28"God has shed upon man the splendor of his glory at the creation of all things," IQH, xvi:9; vii :24ft; Secrets of Enoch, xxiv:i, 5; xxii: 8b; Od. Sal., xxviii 114-15; xli; xxiv:5; xxxvi :3-5; Gospel of Thomas, 90:2; Gospel of Philip, 112:12, 14L The Nature of the Archons, 144:20 (in Theol. Literaturzeitung, 83 , p. 668); Pastor Hermae, Simil. I:i; Mandaean texts cited by R. Bultmann, "Die neuerschlossenen mandaischen u. manichaischen Quellen . . . ," ZNTW, 24 (1925), io8f. One is overawed by the thought that this thing of wet dust once "praised among the praising ones . . . was great among the mighty ones . . . ," IQS, xi 120-22; IQSb, iii, 28. To know one's true identity is the great treasure, Gospel of Thomas, 80:26; 8i:3f; 87 :if. "I am a Son and come out of the Father . . . descended from the pre-existing Father," etc., Apocryphon of James (ed. W. Till), i:333, i5f. 29Thus a fragment from Turfan, cited by Bultmann, 126: "I come from the light as one of the gods, and here I have become a stranger." With characteristic vanity the Gnostics reserved such glory for themselves alone, Irenaeus, adv. Haeres., I, vi. cf. Od. Sal. 41:8, The Pearl, 11, 31-44, 56. 30Job xxxviii:3-7, 21, this last is not stated as a question in the MT, but a flat declaration; IQM, xvii 120-27; "• • • peace was prepared for you before ever your war was," and God will not take back the promises made at the creation, Od. Sal., iv:i2-i4. 31Gospel of Thomas, Log. 84. When Adam complained of his hard lot on earth, a heavenly messenger shamed him by reminding him of the throne awaiting him in heaven, Lidzbarski, Mand. Johannesbuch, $y (No. 13). "Endure much; then you will soon see your treasure!" Ginza, 493; cf. The Apocryphon of John, 20:19-22; 17. 32E.g., IQH, iii:22; vii:32; x:iff, and above, note 19. Cf. Acts i 123,26. 33Those who will go to heaven are they who came from there in the first place, John iii:i3. • They recognize the Lord on earth even as they once acclaimed him above, John xvii:8; xvii:io-i2.