HYPOSTASIS OF THE ARCHONS (NHC II, 4)
Sethian Gnostic tractate presenting an esoteric interpretation of Genesis 1-6. Its subscript title reflects a phrase in the opening sentence, “the reality [hypostasis] of the rulers,” a reference to the creator Archons of Gnostic mythology. A prominent figure in the text is Norea, sister-consort of Seth, who receives a heavenly revelation from an angel called Eleleth. Hypostasis of the Archons as we now have it is probably a Christianized version of an originally Jewish Gnostic work. Extant only in Coptic, it was originally composed in Greek, probably in third-century Egypt.