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Hypostasis of the Archons
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Also known as The Reality of the Rulers. The fourth text in Codex II of the Nag Hammadi Library. A noncanonical, gnostic work that recounts a version of the events of Genesis with a focus on gnostic cosmogony and mythology. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period.
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Hypostasis of the Archons
Hypostasis of the Archons Also known as The Reality of the Rulers. The fourth text in Codex II of the Nag Hammadi Library. A noncanonical, gnostic work that recounts a version of the events of Genesis with a focus on gnostic cosmogony and mythology. This work was never widely authoritative in the early
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hypostasis of the Archons
HYPOSTASIS OF THE ARCHONS (NHC II, 4). Cast in the form of a revelatory discourse, the Hypostasis of the Archons (NHC II, 4) from the Nag Hammadi Library is a Sethian gnostic treatise in which an anonymous teacher offers secret knowledge (gnosis) to a gnostic Christian community. This knowledge clarifies
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Hypostasis of the Archons
Hypostasis of the Archons. A Jewish-Gnostic document preserved in the Nag Hammadi Library (NHC II, 4). While the Coptic codex itself is dated to the 4th cent., the original Greek was likely composed in Egypt a century earlier. The work, which has affinities with various “Sethian” texts from Nag Hammadi,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HYPOSTASIS OF THE ARCHONS
HYPOSTASIS OF THE ARCHONS. This anonymous Nag Hammadi text is preserved in a single Coptic papyrus manuscript in the Sahidic dialect. Dating from the 4th cent. ce, the Coptic text translates a Greek original, whose composition is tentatively dated to the 3rd cent. ce. Features from the Jewish/Christian