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Rethinking "Gnosticism":
An Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category
Michael Allen Williams

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction3
Ch. 1What Kind of Thing Do Scholars Mean by "Gnosticism"?: A Look at Four Cases7
Ch. 2"Gnosticism" as a Category29
Ch. 3Protest Exegesis? or Hermeneutical Problem-Solving?54
Ch. 4Parasites? or Innovators?80
Ch. 5Anticosmic World-Rejection? or Sociocultural Accommodation?96
Ch. 6Hatred of the Body? or the Perfection of the Human?116
Ch. 7Asceticism...?139
Ch. 8...or Libertinism?163
Ch. 9Deterministic Elitism? or Inclusive Theories of Conversion?189
Ch. 10Where They Came From...213
Ch. 11...and What They Left Behind235
Conclusion263
Notes267
Modern Works Cited311
Index329

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