THUNDER: PERFECT MIND (NHC VI, 2)

A Gnostic monologue pronounced by a feminine figure, featuring self-predications and addressed to her listeners. The title occurs at the beginning of the tractate (Greek bronte, “thunder,” is a feminine noun, probably here identifying the speaker as a voice of thunder).

The speaker’s self-predications are paradoxical (“I the whore and the holy one; I am the wife and the virgin”) and may originate in a riddle involving Eve, here expanded and interpreted with a slant. Thunder: Perfect Mind, extant only in Coptic, was originally composed in Greek, possibly in second-century .