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Cerinthus
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Cerinthus, ca. 100

Cerinthus was a Christian teacher who lived in Asia Minor at the end of the first or the beginning of the 2nd century. The reports about his teaching are contradictory, and as a result modern scholars have described him either as an early Gnostic [→ Gnosticism] or as a primitive Christian who had been strongly influenced by Judaeo-Christian ideas.

Cerinthus appears as an arch-heretic in the first document that mentions his name, the so-called Epistula apostolorum, which was written ca. 150, most probably in Asia Minor. It claims to have been composed ‘b…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Cerinthus”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 26 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_070>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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