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Apocryphal and Apocalyptic Literature

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Lesson

Salvation according to the gnostics is a self-help program for those with inside knowledge. The gnostic gospels were never on any of the canon lists of the early church. The church recognized the canon, they didn’t form the canon. God has revealed enough about the future to give us hope, but not so much that we don’t have to live by faith each day.

Outline

Apocryphal and Apocalyptic Literature

I. Apocryphal gospels

A. Gnosticism

B. Gospel of Thomas

C. Other gnostic writings

D. Anti-Semitic tone

E. Syncretistic

F. Salvation in the gnostic gospels

G. Gnostic thought considered as heresy by the church

II. Formation of the NT canon

III. Apocalyptic literature

A. Genre of apocalyptic prophecy uses figurative language

B. Tells us something about what's happening the supernatural realm and what's happening in the present and the future.

C. “Apocalypsis”

D. The purpose of Revelation