The Gospel of Judas, Part 8

In this section, I’ll be discussing the creation of humanity. This will be a very short section. I apologize in advance.

This part of the passage says: Then Saklas said to his angels, “Let us create a human being after the likeness & after the image.” It doesn’t state what the image is exactly. But in Genesis 1:26, it says that humans were made in God God’s image. Similar accounts of of the creation of human beings are found in other Sethian texts. Sometimes, it’s said, in more fully developed traditions that humans are created after the image of God, with the likeness to the rulers of this world.

They fashioned Adam & his wife Eve, who is called, in the cloud (not what you think!), Zoe (Greek for “life”). For by this name all the generations seek the man, & each of them calls the woman by these names. Zoe is the name of Eve in the Septuagint.

Now, Saklas didn’t command except the generations. And the ruler said to Adam, “You shall live long, with your children.” Genesis 5:3-5 says: “When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness in his own image; and named him Seth.. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years & had other sons and daughters. Altogether Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.” (NIV) I always wanted to know why Cain, Abel, & Seth are mentioned by name & none of Adam’s other kids aren’t mentioned by name. Also by the time Seth was born Eve would’ve been too old, physically & biologically, to have kids. So who was the baby mama? However the demiurge seems true to its word: the people of Genesis lived extraordinarily long lives. Then if you notice after the flood, vastly shorter life spans.

 

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