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The Pillars Of Seth: Sethianization Of Ophite And Barbeloite Myths

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This chapter examines Sethian and Jewish traditions about Seth since the latter are often considered to lie in the background of the Sethian speculations. It also examines the role(s) Seth plays in texts that have Ophite features. In accordance with the familiar pattern, a clear difference in the interest in Seth between the Ophite texts, including those with Sethian features, and the remaining texts of Schenke's Sethian corpus is demonstrated. The chapter attempts to explain the origins of the Classic Gnostic speculations about Seth. It also discusses Logan's suggestion concerning a secondary Sethianization of Barbeloite and Ophite materials under Valentinian influence and due to the "great church's" accusations of novelty.

Keywords: Barbeloite Myths; Jewish Seth traditions; Ophite myths; Sethian Gnosticism



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