The Expository Treatise on the Soul (TETOTS)
(8,745 words)


William C. Robinson, Jr.

1. The Expository Treatise on the Soul 1 (ExSoul) is an anonymous treatise in the form of an exhortation to otherworldliness, using narrative, paraenesis, and proof texts. It must have been composed in Greek, perhaps as early as A.D. 200. No trace of the original Greek text survives, except for the present Coptic translation. The place of composition has not been ascertained.

Two narrative episodes tell of the soul’s fall from the presence of the heavenly father into this life, where she is violated, degraded, and abandone…

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“The Expository Treatise on the Soul (TETOTS)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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