A Sethian Gnostic writing consisting of three sets of prayers invoking and praising the three members of the Sethian triad in ascending order: the Son Adamas, the Mother Barbelo, and the transcendent Father. Each “stele” is demarcated in the text before and after (“The First Stele of Seth,” etc.). At the end of the third stele is the title “The Three Steles of Seth.” These prayers are associated with a Gnostic ascent ritual.

They are introduced as “The revelation of about the three steles of Seth, the Father of the living and unshakable race.” The title reflects a first-century Jewish according to which antediluvian lore transmitted from Adam to was preserved on stone steles. The text, which shows no Christian influence, is heavily influenced by second- and early third-century Platonism. Extant only in Coptic, Three Steles of was originally in Greek, probably in third-century Egypt.