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Origen and the valentinian gnosis

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Roughly speaking we can divide research on Origen into three stages: (1) Eugène de Faye, Hal Koch and others stressed the philosophical aspects of Origen's teaching and studied his relation to Greek philosophy; (2) the catholic renewal after the last world war led to the discovery of Origen a churchman; and (3) a new stage has already begun, which pays full attention to Origen in so far as he is a Gnostic. The catholicising tendencies in the Western school of Valentinianism went as far as to replace the tetras by a trias. But this also means that the Gnosis of this school was much nearer to Origen than the original doctrine of Valentinus. The system of Origen has an even greater affinity with Valentinian Gnosis than could be established before the discovery of the Jung Codex.

Keywords: Jung Codex; Origen; Valentinian Gnosis

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