Édition critique, traduction et introduction des « deux Livres de Iéou » (MS Bruce 96), avec des notes philologiques et textuelles

Authors: Crégheur, Éric
Advisor: Poirier, Paul-HubertFunk, Wolf-Peter
Abstract: The subject of this thesis is the « two Books of Jeu », a Christian Gnostic treatise preserved in Coptic, generally dated from the fourth century C. E., and found in the Bruce Codex (MS Bruce 96). The Books of Jeu depicts a postresurrectional dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, in which Jesus reveals the configuration of the heavenly spheres, composed of eons and treasuries, and gives to the souls the means to cross them. Once they have passed through all these places and overcome all the obstacles posed by the archons that dwell there, the souls reach the highest sphere, where they can contemplate the unapproachable God and give glory to him. These revelations of Jesus are accompanied by several diagrams and illustrations, which represent the treasuries and the seals with which the souls must seal themselves. Acquired in the eighteenth century by the Scottish explorer and geographer James Bruce, the Books of Jeu is one of the oldest known direct sources of Gnosticism. Paradoxically, it is now among the least well known and disregarded texts of the Gnostic literature. To address this problem, our project has several objectives. It is primarily aimed at producing a new critical edition of the Coptic text of the « two Books of Jeu », a new French translation, and a philological, doctrinal, and historical introduction of the text. The edition and translation are followed by mainly philological and textual notes, which discuss the establishment of the text, the language and, the choices of our translation. This doctoral project distinguishes itself by its interest in both the external (the manuscript), and internal (the text) aspects of the Books of Jeu.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2013
Open Access Date: 20 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/24860
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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