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Interpretation of Knowledge (NHC XI, 1; Interpr)
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[German Version]

Interpr (or the Interpretation of Knowledge) is a partly very fragmentary Christian-Gnostic text which is only preserved in Coptic translation. Some scholars attribute the text to Valentinianism, although it probably cannot be associated with any known religious movement. It can be classified as a homily of mostly ecclesiological and christological content. Its unknown author is the representative of a particular historical reception of the canonical Gospels and Pauline Epistles known to him, but also of Colossians and Ephesians. Interpr points to a persecu…

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Bethge, Hans-Gebhard, “Interpretation of Knowledge (NHC XI, 1; Interpr)”, 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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