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Ptolemy the Gnostic
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Ptolemy worked in Rome as a freelance Christian teacher around the middle of the 2nd century; he was active in the “school” of the Roman teacher Valentinus (Iren. Haer. I prol. 2), possibly because he was a personal disciple of Valentinus. Only one text survives that can be ascribed to Ptolemy with assurance: an instructional epistle to the Roman matron Flora, preserved by Epiphanius of Salamis (Haer. 33.3–7). The epistle deals with biblical interpretation, the Old Testament law, and the theory of principles. A brief discussion of Valentinian Gn…

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Markschies, Christoph, “Ptolemy the Gnostic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124506>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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