In part 3 of our conversation with Dr. M. David Litwa we talk about the deification of ordinary people. Theonymy is the act of the Divine giving its name to a person, what’s that about? Simon Magus’ Gnostic school taught about a self-deifying hero, but there is also a self-deifying rebel in the figure of Yaldabaoth from the Sethian mythos.
Dr. Litwa’s new book is Desiring Divinity: Self-deification in Early Jewish and Christian Mythmaking, and his website is https://mdavidlitwa.wordpress.com/
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