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Saturninus of Antioch
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Among the early Gnostic (Gnosis: III, 2) followers of Simon Magus, Irenaeus of Lyon mentions Saturninus of Antioch (Haer. I 24.1f.), who probably lived in the early 2nd century. Irenaeus claims he taught that the world and humankind were created by seven individual angels and that humans were created in the image of “the supreme power,” which also gave them the “spark of life.” The angels in turn, according to Saturninus, were creatures of the supreme unknown father; the “God of the Jews” was one o…

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Markschies, Christoph, “Saturninus of Antioch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025222>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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