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The Creator And The Archons

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This chapter considers the general features and the suggested backgrounds of the names and the animal shapes of the archons. It then examines the information about the creator and his archontic offspring in the Ophite texts, including the ones with Sethian features. The chapter shows that the main characteristics of the Ophite speculation about the archons are poorly attested in the remaining Sethian texts, and that these Sethian texts also make use of different traditions. Finally, the background of the Ophite mythologoumenon about Ialdabaoth and the archons in light of our findings and previously presented scholarly theories is considered.

Keywords: archons; creator; Ophite



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