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Hypostasis of the Archons (NHC II,4)
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is a document, only attested in Coptic translation, attributed to Gnostic Sethianism (Nag Hammadi), the first major section of which chiefly offers a paraphrase of events in Gen 1–4:6, while the second major section portrays a revelatory dialogue between Norea and Eleleth dealing with the origin, essence and power of the archons. The Greek prototype was composed in the late 2nd or first half of the 3rd century. Hypostasis of the Archons (HA) relies on sources and traditions; the dialogue contains material that also found its way into “On the Origin of…

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Bethge, Hans-Gebhard, “Hypostasis of the Archons (NHC II,4)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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