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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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Title Page 96
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Source Dialogue: Vol 8 No 3, 4
Description g6 I Dialogue Ignatius, ad Smyrn., vi; Pastor Hermae, III, Simil. viii, 3, 5, 8; Apocalypse of Elias, vi:6ff. The topothesias of the angels greatly interested the early saints, Ignatius, ad Trail, v. 97The central topos is the Treasury of the true God, C. Schmidt, Texte u. {Inters., 8 (1892), 367; it is "the topos from which all aeons and all cosmoses take their pattern and their origin . . ." Sophia Christi, 116 (in Texte u. Unters. 6o:266ff.). It is "the self-produced and self-begotten topos" from which all others are derived, 2nd Gnostic Work, la; it is called "the God-bearing" topos, or "land of the begetting of gods," ib., 21a. The Egyptians regarded the "werden der Welt als ein Kolonisati onsvorgang . . ." W. Richter, in Biblische Zeitschr., NS, 10 (1966), toif. The colonization is always a family affair: God wants "all of those he raised up for Himself" to "fill the face of the universe with their seed . . ." Zadokite Doc, ii:io. The inhabitants are the progeny or seed of those who sent them, / Enoch, xxxix:i; The 1012 Questions, 118, lyof.; Sophia Christi, 88:7ft.; 9811-99:5ff.; Apocryphon of James, 1:43:5ft; called "chosen seed, or seed of promise . . . ," J. Zandee, in Numen, 11 (1964), 45f., 72f. When "the elect . . . descend from heaven . . . their seed will become one with the children of man," / Enoch, xxxix:i. Simat-Hiia, the primordial Eve is "mother of all kings, from whom all worlds proceeded," Alma Rishaia Rba, vi:388ff. (29). A colonizing activity is described in Pistis Sophia, 26f. (36f.)/ 24 (34f.)- Lactantius presents the idea of real seeds floating around in space, Div. Inst., Ill, xvii. 98"Planting" can here mean create, beget, establish or assist, i.e., it is the proper work of the "Sent One," according to M. Lidzbarski, Mand. Johannesbuch, 60, n.6, and Berlin Manich. Hs. I, 53f. Eden was God's planting on earth, W. Richter, Biblische Zeitschr., NF, 10 (1966), loif. "I said that the world should be ... (saying) I will plant a great vineyard, and out of it I will choose a plant," i.e. the Chosen People, Pseudo-Philo, xxviii:4; the Qumran community calls itself a planting, IQS, viii 15, 20-2; ix:i5, as does the Early Church, Irenaeus, adv. haeres., V, xxxvi, 1. God's "planting in the world of men" includes providing necessary physical substances, Psalms of Thomas, i\i:2.g-^, and the "planting" of light in a place of darkness, ib., vii:i7. God before the world existed planted the earth and then planted the Garden in it, 4 Esdras 3:4, 6; He is the "Greatest of Gardeners," "the Planter" par excellence, H. F. Weiss, Hell. Judent., 50. Those who share in God's Plan are his "plants," The 1012 Questions, 127, 140, 150, who in turn have their disciples or plants, ib., 130, 2i6f. The human race is Adam's "planting," Mand. Prayerbook, No. 378, 283, 286; No. 386, 290. The Elect are "the plants that God has planted," and must plant their own plants through marriage, Cinza, 6if. The "planting" of the earth is described as a colonizing enterprise in Ginza, 335, 337; they move from place to place in winged wagons, looking for places to settle, ib., 337-40; the Planter is expected to provide the necessary Helpers for new settlers, ib., 404. Ritually, the planting is a sparsio, a sowing or begetting of the race, H. Nibley, "Sparsiones," Classical Journal, 40 (1945), 515ft. "On the "Treasure-house of Souls," see R. H. Charles, note on 4 Ezra, iv:35 (Apocrypha & Pseudepiographa of the Old Testament, II, ^67); II Baruch, xxx:2; Pseudo-Philo, xxxii:i3; C. Schmidt, in Texte u. Unters., VIII 1368. The souls of the righteous like the Treasure itself are beneath the throne of God, Bab. Sabbath, fol. 152b; cf. Rev. vii:9. The "planting" of a world is always from the "House of Light, the shining Home," i.e., the Treasure-house, Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 63, 218. It is "through the power of the Treasure" that "earths of radiance" are created, "thrones of glory are established and Chiefs of worlds appointed," ib., No. 59, 207; the treasure being the source of everything within as well as between the worlds, ib., No. ^7, 203-5. Every world comes into existence by a sort of fission from the Treasure of the Secret Mysteries, Oxford Mand. Scroll, 55L What Adam plants then grows and so increases his Treasure, Mand. Prayerbook, 285. The bestowing of the "Treasure of the Mighty One" on men to test them is called a "planting of plants," in Psalms of Thomas, xiii 15-14; iii 124-7; Acts of Thomas, Ch. 10. 100On the hierarchy of emanations, Schmidt, Texte u. Unters., 8 (1892), 367. In the system of / Jeu, 5-7, one put in charge of a new "topos" as "Chief" is a Jeu, who then becomes the Father of "other emanations to fill other toposes," each of which in turn becomes a "Father of Treasures"; in the end "myriads of myriads will go forth from them," ib., 6. Every Son begets sons, and these in turn consult in the making of "other worlds," Ginza, 240; just so "a Jordan produces Jordans without number and without end—living waters," ib., 65-67. Through the power of the Treasure earths are created, places made inhabitable, "chiefs or worlds are appointed," so that the Treasures may be handed down from the older worlds to newer ones, Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 59, 207. It is perhaps from his Manichaean experience that St. Augustine derives the image of sparks springing from a central fire, each becoming a focal center for more sparks, an idea conveyed in the Berlin Manich. Hs., I, 35f. 101Quotation from the 2nd Gnostic Work, 49a. He who is begotten is expected to beget, Gen. i:29; ix:i. In the Egyptian rites the First Born is commanded "to create men, to give birth to the gods, to create all that should exist," R. Reymond, in Chroniques d'Egype, 40 (1965),
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