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Apocryphon of John
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A Greek Gnostic apocalyptic writing, extant in two independent Coptic translations of a shorter Greek original of the Apocryphon of John in NHC III and BG 8502, as well as two additional copies, with slight variations in their dialect, of the Coptic translation of a longer Greek original in NHC II and IV. The long version is likely a revision of the short version. Around 180 Irenaeus (Haer. I 29) summarized a work with significant similarities to one half of the Apocryphon of John (NHC II 4,34–14,13). He probably remembered a source of the Apocryphon of John without the Joha…

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Waldstein, Michael, “Apocryphon of John”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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