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Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity

Ed. by Brennecke, Hanns Christof / Drecoll, Volker Henning / Heil, Uta / Markschies, Christoph

Together with Elm, Susanna / Gemeinhardt, Peter / Meier, Mischa / Perrone, Lorenzo / Pollmann, Karla / Riedweg, Christoph / Schöllgen, Georg / Williams, Rowan / Wischmeyer, Wolfgang

CiteScore 2018: 0.21

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Volume 19, Issue 3


Le motif des cinq arbres dans l’Évangile selon Thomas (log. 19) et la littérature ancienne

Eric Crégheur
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Published Online: 2015-12-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zac-2015-0035


This article seeks to investigate the motif of « the five trees of Paradise, » famous for being found in the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (logion 19). After looking closely at the characteristics of the five trees found in the Gospel of Thomas, I will shift my attention to other texts where the motif is attested. Coming from various sources, the Bible, the Jewish tradition, the intertestamental literature, the Gnostic literature, and Manichaeism, these other attestations of the motif of the five trees will help to get a larger perspective and contribute to a better understanding of the motif in general. With the help of all the evidence that will be gathered, I will finally see if it is possible to speculate on the origin and development of the motif of the five trees of Paradise in Antiquity.

Keywords : Gospel of Thomas; Five Trees; Gnosticism

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Published Online: 2015-12-15

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity, Volume 19, Issue 3, Pages 430–451, ISSN (Online) 1612-961X, ISSN (Print) 0949-9571, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zac-2015-0035.

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