On the Origin of the World (OTOOTW)
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Hans-Gebhard Bethge 1

1. Tractate II,5, whose title has not come down to us, is an encyclopedic compendium of basic Gnostic ideas, above all on protology and eschatology; terrestrial history is largely excluded from discussion, and the upper world and its development are not described in any detail. Partly academic in style (with numerous etiologies and etymologies), it has the form of an apologetic essay intended for public dissemination. The work was probably composed in Alexandria at…

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“On the Origin of the World (OTOOTW)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004228900_cgl_aOTOOTW>
First published online: 2012

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