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Gnosis, Gnosticism
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1. Term, History, and Definition

The Gk. noun gnōsis originally meant knowledge of things and objects that the knower could apprehend by understanding (nous) and reason (logos)—that is, rationally (Epistemology).

Along with the basic epistemological sense a qualitatively new meaning developed from the first century b.c. that separated the object and act of knowledge from rational experience and transferred it to t…

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Nagel, Peter, “Gnosis, Gnosticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G92>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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