A Gnostic work in the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY. It occupies the final four pages of Codex XI (XI.4.69.21-72.33, with the missing conclusion most likely at the bottom of page 72). A titular superscript, HYPSIPH[RONE], is given at 69.21, restored with confidence on the basis of the use of this name at XI.4.69.23-24, 70.22-23, and 72.21; the tractate also presents itself in the incipit as “the book [about the things] which were seen [by] Hypsiphrone, being [revealed] in the place of [her] virginity” (XI.4.69.22-26).
Hypsiphrone, “she of high mind,” is described in the company of her brothers, and she proceeds to deliver a revelatory discourse concerning her descent from the place of her virginity into the world (XI.4.70.20-21) and her conversations with Phainops, the “bright-eyed one.” Unfortunately, because of the deteriorated condition of the text, the precise contents of the discourse are impossible to determine.
- Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices: Codices XI, XII and XIII. Leiden, 1973.
- Turner, J. D. “Hypsiphrone (XI, 4).” In The Nag Hammadi Library in English, p. 453. Leiden and San Francisco, 1977.
- . “XI, 4: Hypsiphrone.” In Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, and XIII, ed. C. W. Hedrick. Nag Hammadi Studies: The Coptic Gnostic Library. Leiden, forthcoming.
MARVIN W. MEYER