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Naassenes
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The Naassenes were adherents of a 2nd-century Gnostic sect that is only known through an extensive report by Hippolytus, Refutatio, V, 6-11. The greater part of this report consists of an extract from a Naassene document, which is usually called the “Naassene Sermon” (V, 7, 2-9, 9). It is preceded by an introduction (V, 6, 1-7, 1) and followed by a concluding section (V, 9, 10-11, 1), in which Hippolytus provides further information about their beliefs. The whole section is part of Hippolytus' so-called “Sondergut”, which is, inter alia, characterized by the ascription of similar i…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Naassenes”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 26 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_249>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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