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Egyptians, Gospel of the (Greek)
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Sayings from the Gospel of the Egyptians are quoted explicitly by Clement of Alexandria (c. 150–c. 215 CE). The quotations from the Greek Gospel of the Egyptians all occur within book 3 of Clement’s Stromateis, in which Clement speaks of marriage and sexuality. He debates those Christians who abstained from sexual intercourse even if married, as they rejected both it and procreation. These Encratites, as they were called from the term ἐγκράτεια/’egkrateia (self-cont…

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Doran, Robert, “Egyptians, Gospel of the (Greek)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00001031>
First published online: 2018



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