TAOPATTA - The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
A collection of articles that attempt to argue the case that the NHC 6.1 "The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles" is a 4th century Non-Christian Ascetic Allegory and also a Greek Satire against the rise of the state monotheistic and imperial orthodox Christian Church. Essentially the key figure in this story is someone called "Lithargoel", a mysterious "Pearl Man" who is also revealed to be a healer and a physician, and whom all commentators wish to associated with Jesus.
I argue that instead Lithargoel is to be associated with the priests and Therapeutae
of the Graeco-Roman Healing God Asclepius, son of Apollo, son of Zeus. At the time when Christianity was first official raised to become the state religion of the Roman Empire, the ancient historical facts indicate that Constantine ordered his army to utterly destroy many of the most ancient and highly revered temples to Asclepius. What was the "Sacred Assembly of the Pontifices" (ie: the Graeco-Roman priesthood) to do? They had been made redundant by a war.
On the assumption that Eusebius' report is reliable and accurate, it may be argued that in 324 Constantine established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, and that he carried through a systematic and coherent reformation, at least in the eastern provinces which he conquered in 324 as a professed Christian in a Christian crusade against the last of the persecutor.
Constantine's Prohibition of Pagan Sacrifice
T. D. Barnes, The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 105, No. 1 (Spring, 1984), pp. 69-72
Note that I have provided the above quote in order to set the political context as one of a war-like invasion of the Eastern empire by Constantine. We know that Constantine won, but what we dont yet recognise is that there was a massive resistance against his new god Jesus by those who had previously been tenured in the Greek priesthoods and academies.
One of the interesting features of the text of TAOPATTA that no academic has yet pointed out (that I have seen) is that the author of TAOPATTA appears to have cited the Gita. (See article).
This is my first post here.
We'll see how we go.
INDEX of Articles .... TAOPATTA - NHC 6.1
Introduction - Background information and Apology to Christians.
Background - Pearls, Asclepia, Nag Hammadi, Ancient Wisdom
The Original Text - Mysterious Fourth Century Pearl Man
Analytical Treatment - An analysis of TAOPATTA & Lithargoel
The Living Pearl of Wisdom - Core Allegory: Ascetic Path & Healing
The Name of the Healer - The Critical Christian Claim Denounced
The Pearl Man Lithargoel - Enigmatic citizen of Nine Gates
The Endurance of Habitation - the Poverty of the Hellenes.
Hellenic Satires of Christianity - 101 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 1001
THE HUSK of the PEARL
(a) The Christian Covenant(s)
(b) Evasion, Hearsay,Abstraction
(c) Peace amidst manifest fear
(d) Unskilled (cognition, healing)
(e) Food, Baggage, Lodgings
(f) Ministry of the Rich
Academic Summaries - a collection of comments (1970-2007)