The Thunder: Perfect Mind: A New Translation and Introduction

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byHal Taussig, Jared Calaway, Maia Kotrosits

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This is the first book-length treatment in English of the Nag Hammadi text, The Thunder: Perfect Mind – a poem of “I am” statements that has garnered a strong following in mainstream culture. This book offers a fresh, current translation (with detailed Coptic annotations) and ten chapters of introductory analysis of the text. Approaching the text from socio-historical, literary, and postmodern gender-theoretical frameworks, the editors situate Thunder as an early Christian text - away from the now suspect category of “Gnosticism” - and offer conclusions on its possible ancient meanings, as well as its interpretive possibilities for the present moment.

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This is the first book-length treatment in English of the Nag Hammadi text, The Thunder: Perfect Mind – a poem of “I am” statements that has garnered a strong following in mainstream culture. This book offers a fresh, current translation (with detailed Coptic annotations) and ten chapters of introductory analysis of the text. Approachi...

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Jared Calaway received his Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. Maia Kotrosits, Celene Lillie, and Justin Lasser are Ph.D. students at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Taussig is also the author of In the Beginning Was the Meal:...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 8.34 × 5.75 × 0.58 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230105637

ISBN - 13:9780230105638

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Translation * The Thunder: Perfect Mind:  English Translation * An Introduction to The Thunder: Perfect Mind * What Kind of Literature is Thunder? * Degnosticizing Thunder * Literary Patterns * Gendering Thunder, Thundering Gender * Rumbling Cultural and Social Order * Violence, Subjectivity and Identity * Poetic Artistry * Performing Thunder * Meaning Making of Thunder in Ancient and Contemporary Contexts * The Thunder: Perfect Mind, Annotated Coptic Text and English Translation