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Treasures in the Heavens / 8g 34Justin Martyr Apol, i:io, 59; 11:4-5, 7- So Zadokite Frg., ii:j-6. "When you lay your hand on the treasure the soul enters the scales that will test her," Alma Rishaia Rba (Drower), 44-46. Only when you have overcome here "is your name called out from the Book of Those Who Were Valiant, and you become the heir to our Kingdom . . ." The Pearl, lines 46-48. For the reward aspect, Origen, De princ, I, viii, 4; II, ix, 6-8. Cf. Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 4, 58, on this "world of testing. . . ." 35Clementine Recognitions, 1:2.4. 36K. Sethe, Dramatische Texte (Leipzig, 1928), I, 64-65. 37A specific counter-plan is mentioned in Clementine Recognitions, iii:6x; cf. IQM, xiii:4; IQS, ii:4ft.; 4Qflor., i:8; Gospel of Philip, izj-.zit.; 103:141?.; Apocryphon of John, 74:iff.; 36: i6ff.; 72:ioff; Sophia Christi, 122:1ft. There are those in the Church who preach the doctrine of the Serpent, according to the Pseudo-Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians in Bodmer Papyrus, X =54:15, describing his ambitious opposition to God's plan in the beginning, ib., X:53:ii-i5. 38"Now the Prince, not being righteous and wanting to be God . . . enchains all the flesh of men . . . ," Bodmer Papyrus, X-.jj. So Irenaeus, adv. Haer., V, xxv; Creation Apocryphon (Ursprung der Welt), I5i:iiff. (A. Bohlig u. P. Labib, Die Koptisch-Cnostische Schrift ohen Titel aus Cod. II von Nag Hammadi [Berlin:Akad. Verlag, 1962], 48f.), 155:25ft.; 150:27,35; 151:3,7,15,18,24; 154:19ft., I4f.; 156:1; Psalms of Thomas, ii:i-2; 1:30-37, 22-25, 43-47; vii:i-3; Test. Dom. nostri J. Christi, xxiii:43; Acts of Thomas (A. J. Klijn), 204:22-25; Book of John the Evangelist (ed. M. R. James), 187-89; Vita Adae et Evae, xv.j; xvi:i,4 (in R. H. Charles, Apocrypha & Pseudepiographa of the Old Testament, 137) Hypostasis of the Archons 134:9 (after Isaiah xlvi:9); 140:26; 141:1. Abp. Timothy Ep. on Abbaton, fol. XHIa; Pseudo-Philo, xxx =5; xxxiv:2f; Sibylline Oracles, iii:i05ff. (in Charles, 381); Ascension of Isaiah, ii:g; vii:j-5, gL, 15; Secrets of Enoch, x:i8; xxxa:3f.; M. Lidzbarski, Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 2, 3 (i4f., i7ff.); Alma Rishaia Zuta, iii:2i5ff. (70); Ginza, 18, 263. 39When God sent forth a ship of light "laden with the riches of the Living," Satan and his pirate crew coming "I know not from where" seized "the treasure of the Mighty One" and "distributed it among their worlds" until they were forced to give it up, Psalms of Thomas, iii: 1-15, 29-32, 35; Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 53, 163, 178; cf. the image of the three ships, ib., 168, 171, 174; Berlin Manich, Hs., I, 50; Psalms of Thomas, xii:i-xiii. The Second Coptic Work, 14a (ed. C. Schmidt, in Texte u. [inters., VIII =236, 286) has Christ coming out of the monas of Setheus "like a ship laden with all manner of precious things," so also the Manichaean Psalm-book, II, i5if; in the Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 58 (206), a ship moves between the worlds bearing the glory of the Treasure of Life from one to the other. In the Egyptian Victory over Seth, i:xg-z2, the god passes through dangerous straits in his ship while Seth and his robber band try to waylay him. (In the Book of the Dead the battle of the gods takes place on board a ship, H. Grapow, Das 17. Kapitel des Totenbuches, 37). When Adam returns to "the Treasure of Life" he is asked by the guardians "what wares he is bringing in his ship," J. Leipoldt, Religionsgeschichte des Orients (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1961), 86. In numerous Acts of Thomas the Captain of the ship or the rich merchant is Christ in disguise, e.g., A. Klijn, Acts of Thomas, ii-iii. The same commercial imagery of the ship in the Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 18, 84-86; cf. Ginza, 324. The seven planets are described as floating ships, Mandaean Prayerbook, No. 286, 288; these seven try to rob man of his treasure, Psalm of Thomas, v.4 (in ZNTW, Beih. 24, , 123); The 1012 Questions, 251, 258. The Ark itself was not a ship but a luminous cloud in space, according to the Apocryphon of John, 73:5f. 40Mark v:5ff; Luke iv:34f. The recognition is mutual, Luke iv:4i; viii:27f; x:i7. The contest is continued in the desert, Matt. iv:i, with Satan still claiming the rule and challenging the Lord's title, Matt. iv:io, 3. The war we wage here (Eph. vi:i2) is a continuation of the conflict in the beginning, Hypostasis of the Archons, 134:20. Those who follow either leader here, followed the same there, John viii:44, 7; Od. Sal., xxiv:5, 7. 41Apocryphon of James, Iiii:i2ff (the gifts); Apocryphon of Adam, 85:if (ordinances); The 1012 Questions, II, iiib, 86 (Drower, 226-27) (signs); 2 Thess. ii:9 (wonders); Bodmer Papyrus, X:54 (doctrine); Apocalypse of Elias, i:8ff (glory); they are even rival fishermen, Logion, No. 174, in M. Osin et Palacias, "Logia et agrapha D. Jesu," Patro. Or., XIX, 574. 42Matt. vi:i9-2i; xiii:ioff; xix:2i, 29; Mark x:2i; xii:4iff; Luke xviii:2if; xii:2l, 32; Rom. ii:5, I Tim. vi:i7-i9; Jerem. xlviii:7; Ben Sirach, v:2. Many Logia deal with the theme, M. A. Palacios. Logia et agrapha, Nos. 34, 42, 44, 50, 53-55, 77 (in Migne, P. O., XIII, 357ff.). So the Gospel of Thomas, 37, 137, 147; Apocalypse of Elias, viii:i2f.; Psalms of Thomas, K17-19; Apocryphon of James, ii:53; Acts of Thomas, 37, 137, 147; Gospel of Thomas, 85:6ff.; 86:27; 92; 94:14; 95:15; 98:31; 99:4; Slavic Adam and Eve, xxxiiki. It is important not to confuse the treasures or to falsify, Ginza, 19, 40,123f., 334, 392, 395, 433; cf. Pistis Sophia, 100 (249-51). Berlin Manich. Hs. I, 223, 228f.; Manichaean Psalm-book, II, j^, 79, 82.