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Paraphrase Of Shem (NHC VII, 1) - Coptic Wiki


A Gnostic apocalypse in which ascends to heaven and is given extensive revelations by a being called Derdekeas. Its title is given at the beginning of the tractate. The revelations consist of a cosmogony, an anthropology, and a Gnostic of salvation. The cosmogonic myth reflects a system of three principles: Light, Darkness, and Spirit.

There are no obvious Christian features in the text. A somewhat similar system, though in a Christian dress, is found in a called The of , discussed by in his account of the doctrine of certain Sethians. Extant only in Coptic, of was originally composed in Greek, probably in late third-century Syria.