Melchizedek (NHC IX, 1)

(NHC IX, 1)

A Sethian Gnostic written in the name of Melchizedek, “Priest of Most High” (see Gen. 14:18). Its title occurs at the beginning. Codex IX is quite fragmentary; much of the text is lost in lacunae. The text reflects influence from early lore concerning Melchizedek, but also features Christ, with whom is ultimately identified. It also includes cultic invocations of various divine beings of Sethian Gnostic mythology. Extant only in Coptic, was originally composed in Greek, probably in third-century Egypt.