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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Timothy E. GregoryTimothy E. Gregory

(from γνω̑σις, “knowledge”), a loose-knit and variable system of belief based on dualism and the premise that the full revelation of God is given only to a select few. It flourished esp. in the 2nd C. The works of Gnostics were condemned and destroyed so that until fairly recently their teachings were known only through the Christian polemic directed against them; the discovery of the ... ...

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