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Gnosis is related to γιγνώσκω, which refers to acquiring knowledge through observation, perception, discernment, and judgment. In ancient Christian contexts, gnosis (γνῶσις) refers to knowledge of God. Gnosticism is a neologism coined and used by modern people to identify collectively a spectrum of gnostic thinkers, texts, and movements that emerged in th…

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DeConick, April D., “Gnosis/Gnosticism”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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