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Valentinians

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Author(s): Auvinen, Risto
Valentinianism was one of the first attempts to intellectualize Christian teachings and raise it to the level of Greco-Roman philosophy. Its foundation goes back to Valentinus the Gnostic, who was influential during the mid-2nd-century CE in Rome (Iren. Haer. 3.4.3; Markschies, 1992, 293–336). Irenaeus of Lyon says that Valentinus adopted the principles of his teaching from the so-called gnostic school of thought (Gnosis/Gnosticism) and founded a school of his own ( Haer. 1.1.11). Although it is certain that there is a historical relation between the gnostic and V…
Date: 2024-01-19