Gal 4:4 "Made by woman" = born by Eve and the Serpent = Cain

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Gal 4:4 "Made by woman" = born by Eve and the Serpent = Cain

Post by Giuseppe » Wed May 08, 2019 12:42 am

The passage of Gal 4:4 may be a Gnostic interpolation designed to make Jesus the son of Eve and the Serpent.

The reader knows already that Paul uses not the term "born" but the term "built": this "building by woman" may be the same way how Eve was "built" by Adam from the his rib:


21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

(Genesis 2:21-22)


Jesus is therefore Cain, born by the union of Eve and the Serpent.

And obviously there was a sect of Cainites:

Others again declare that Cain derived his being from the Power above, and acknowledge that Esau, Korah, the Sodomites, and all such persons, are related to themselves. On this account, they add, they have been assailed by the Creator, yet no one of them has suffered injury. For Sophia was in the habit of carrying off that which belonged to her from them to herself. They declare that Judas the traitor was thoroughly acquainted with these things, and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, accomplished the mystery of the betrayal; by him all things, both earthly and heavenly, were thus thrown into confusion. They produce a fictitious history of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas.

https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Ante-N ... apter_XXXI.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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Re: Gal 4:4 "Made by woman" = born by Eve and the Serpent = Cain

Post by Giuseppe » Wed May 08, 2019 12:47 am

This is the reason Tertullian didn't use the construct "born by woman, born under the Law" against Marcion.

This would have made the game of the Gnostics.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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Re: Gal 4:4 "Made by woman" = born by Eve and the Serpent = Cain

Post by Giuseppe » Wed May 08, 2019 1:16 am

And obviously, this hypothesis explains why there is no need by Paul to mention the name of the "woman": the woman par excellence is only one, Eve.

Just as there is only a woman "made by man" in a divine manner: the man par excellence being Adam.

(Unless Carrier is right and the woman in question is Agar, mentioned later as allegory of the Law).
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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