The Three Steles of Seth (TTSOS)
(14,778 words)

I. Title and Identification

The fifth tractate of codex VII is contained on the last nine inscribed pages of the codex (118,10 - 127,27). It remains unclear whether the scribal note or colophon that follows the text (127,28-32) refers to the tractate alone or to the codex as a whole.1

The tractate bears the subscript title The Three Steles of Seth (127,27). This title is firmly fixed by the division of the text into three clearly delineated sections or steles. The beginning of each stele is labeled with the…

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“The Three Steles of Seth (TTSOS)”, 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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