First Principles

Tripartite Tractate (NHC I, 5)

TRIPARTITE TRACTATE (NHC I, 5) A lengthy theological treatise divided into three parts (divisions indicated by scribal decorations) for which no title is preserved in the manuscript. Tripartite Tractate contains a comparatively late, highly developed Valentinian Gnostic system, somewhat comparable in its arrangement to Origen‘s treatise On First Principles. The first part deals with the …

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Sethians

SETHIANS Gnostic heretics so designated by patristic heresiologists. According to some accounts, they had an elaborate myth in which Seth, son of Adam, played a prominent role as revealer of gnosis and was equated by some with Jesus Christ. In this system, Gnostics are referred to as the “seed” or “race” of Seth. Several of …

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