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Gnosticism
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The Greek word gnôsis means ‘knowledge,’ and refers more specifically to a salvational knowledge of one's own Self and its divine origin. Emphasis on gnosis is found not only in the late antique currents and ideas that have become known as ‘gnosticism,’ but also in e.g. Clement of Al…

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Hanegraaff, Wouter J., “Gnosticism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00184>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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