EUGNOSTOS THE BLESSED (NHC III, 3; NHC V, 1)

A revelatory Gnostic treatise in the form of a letter by “Eugnostos, the Blessed, to those who are his.” The text deals with the heavenly world and its various emanations. It is a non-Christian work, probably of origin. The text of Eugnostos was subsequently “Christianized” with additional material in which the risen Christ reveals gnosis to his in another Nag Hammadi tractate, the Sophia of Christ (NHC III, 4; BG, 3). Extant only in Coptic, Eugnostos was originally in Greek as early as the late first century, probably in Alexandria. It was probably known to the teachers Basilides and Valentinus, active in Alexandria in the early second century.