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Protennoia, Trimorphic
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(NHC XIII, 1), preserved only in a Coptic translation, probably derives from an early phase of Gnostic Sethianism; its Sitz im Leben was probably the cult or more specifically baptismal practice. It contains three revelatory discourses devoted to important aspects of the drama of the fall and redemption (Gnosis). In these hymnic discourses, responses of the Gnostic community are interwoven with textual passages on familiar cosmological, eschatological, and soteriological topoi. The figure of Protennoia is the…

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Bethge, Hans-Gebhard, “Protennoia, Trimorphic”, 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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