Allogenes (NHC XI, 3)


A Sethian Gnostic revelation discourse in which a certain Allogenes transmits to his “son” Messos revelations received from a feminine deity called Youel, and then describes his ascent to heaven. Allogenes (“of another race”) is probably another name for Seth. The title is given at the end of the tractate. Heavily influenced by second- and third-century Platonism, Allogenes was one of the Gnostic “apocalypses” read in Plotinus’ school in Rome in the mid-third century (VP 16). Extant only in Coptic, it was originally composed in Greek, probably in the early third century, possibly in Egypt.


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