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Sethians
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Modern scholarship has as yet reached no agreement whether or not there existed in Late Antiquity a distinct religious group or sect that took its name from Adam's son Seth (Gen 4:25; 5:3). Whereas some scholars express scepticism (e.g. Wisse), others feel confident in demarcating a body of Sethian literature and in reconstructing the doctrine of a distinct group of Sethians (e.g. Schenke, Turner). They claim that the Sethians were as much a distinct …

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Löhr, Winrich A., “Sethians”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_344>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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