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First Thought, Three Forms of (Trimorphic Protennoia)
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The 16 papyrus pages containing the Coptic text of Three Forms of First Thought (or Trimorphic Protennoia) and the first ten lines of another copy of On the Origin of the World – discovered inside the front cover of NHC VI – constitute the remains of what would have been an entire Nag Hammadi Codex (XIII). Since the center of the papyrus quire is found between the sixth and seventh pages of Trimorphic Protennoia, and since the text of On the Origin of…

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Turner (†), John D., “First Thought, Three Forms of (Trimorphic Protennoia)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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