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The newly discovered Gnostic Epistle to Rheginos on the Resurrection

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The author discusses completely unknown Christian text, probably dating from the second century, Gnostic in origin and contents, dealing with the great and important doctrine of the Resurrection. In the Epistle to Rheginos on the Resurrection, the author did not deal with specific Gnostic revelations, but offered a particular interpretation of a well-known Christian theme. This is precisely the interesting aspect of this writing, that it treats a subject which in one way or another also attracted the attention of other Christian writers, and this is the only Gnostic discussion of this theme that has so far survived. It was not a mean or subordinate subject on which the anonymous teacher enlightened his pupil Rheginos. On the contrary, it was most vital for the Christians and stood at the storm centre in the second century.

Keywords: Christian text; Epistle to Rheginos on the Resurrection; Gnostic books



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