Fragments of an Early 'Lost' Valentinianism: Irenaeus and the Gnostic Doctrinal Letter of Epiphanius, Panarion 31.5-6

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Abstract

The relative weight that should be given to the various sources on Valentinian Gnosticism is a matter that constantly needs to be rethought. There are sources that have been largely neglected, suc as the document in Epiphanius Panarion 31.5-6, tha so-called Lehrbrief ('Doctrinal Letter'), an indipendent account of the Pleroma which several scholars have regarded as a late, even a degenerate version of the Valentinian system. This paper reintroduces this document into discussion about the early development of Valentinian doctrine, and produces arguments that it was known already by Irenaeus (165 AD), who may have used it (or a similar text) as one of his sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationValentinianism: New Studies
EditorsCh Markschies, E Thomassen
Pages122-142
Number of pages21
Volume96
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameNAG HAMMADI AND MANICHAEAN STUDIES

Keywords

  • Gnosticism, Valentinianism, Early Christianity, Epiphanius of Salamina
  • Gnosticismo, Valentinianesimo, Cristianesimo antico, Epifanio di Salamina

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