"Pray in the Place Where There is No Woman": Mary in the Dialogue of the Saviour

  • Author / Creator
    Cwikla, Anna
  • One of the Dialogue of the Saviour’s most prominent features is the female character Mary who participates with other disciples in a discussion with Jesus. Most texts in the Nag Hammadi codices including the Dialogue of the Saviour have been traditionally labeled as Gnostic. This study demonstrates the problems with the term, its influence on scholarship specifically on the so-called Gnostic Mary, and the ways in which it inevitably fails as a useful descriptive category, especially with respect to creating an artificial uniform character as the Gnostic Mary. This work then proceeds to consider a number of frequently overlooked issues including the unspecified identity of Mary in the Dialogue of the Saviour and the gender construction in the socio-historical context of the Dialogue of the Saviour.

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    Fall 2013
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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Arnal, William (Religious Studies)
    • Landy, Francis (Religious Studies)