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Theodotus the Gnostic
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Valentinian. The works of Clement of Alexandria include “Excerpts [Epitomai] from Theodotus and the teachings of the so-called eastern school in the time of Valentinian”; it is hard to determine which sections are ascribed to Theodotus himself. Alongside the sections containing Clement’s own position, other material is generally ascribed to the Valentinians (Valentinianism). A parallel version of the Valentinian myth recorded by Irenaeus of Lyon (Haer. I 1–8) does not mention its source (Clement Excerpta Theodoti 43.2–65). The passages ascribed to Theodo…

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Holzhausen, Jens, “Theodotus the Gnostic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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