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(Heb. , ‘serpent’). A Gnostic sect described by Hippolytus (Haer. 5. 6–17). It has sometimes been held that the name represents the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek Ophites (q.v.). ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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... . A Gnostic sect similar to, if not identical with, the Ophites ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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...Naassenes (or Naasenes ) (Heb. נָחָשׁ ‎, ‘serpent’) . A Gnostic sect described by Hippolytus ( Haer. 5. 6–17). It has sometimes been held that the name represents the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek Ophites (q.v.). See bibl. s.v. Ophites ....

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David S. Potter

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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...it to Mariamme. Numerous quotations from their works, including a Naassene hymn, are preserved in Hippolytus' Refutatio omnium haeresium. PFayum 2, which had been identified as a second Naassene hymn, is now generally thought to be simply a poem about the Underworld ( C. H. Roberts , Manuscript, Society and Belief in Early Christian Egypt ( 1977 ), 81–2). K. Rudolph , Gnosis (1983); T. Wolbergs , Griechische Gedichte der ersten nachchristlichen Jahrhunderte (1971), on Naassene hymn (with bibliog.); J. Frickel , Hellenistische Erlösung in...

Ophites and Naassenes

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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...Ophites and Naassenes (Gk. ὄφις ‎, Heb. נָחָשׁ ‎, ‘serpent’) . Gnostic sects which derived their names from the special importance which they attached to the serpent; it is not entirely clear whether they were connected. The Ophites (or Ophians) are mentioned by Irenaeus and Origen , the Naassenes only by Hippolytus ; the Ophite system recalls biblical accounts, and may be early, while the Naassene has a larger element of other material. The Naassenes were among the groups, like the Peratae and the Sethians, whose systems involved three primal...

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(Heb. , ‘serpent’). A Gnostic sect described by Hippolytus (Haer. 5. 6–17). It has sometimes been held that the name represents the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek Ophites (q.v.).See bibl. s.v. ...
Ophites and Naassenes

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(Gk. ὄφις, Heb. , ‘serpent’). Gnostic sects which derived their names from the special importance which they attached to the serpent; it is not entirely clear whether they were connected. ...
snakes

snakes  

Proverbial allusions to the snake focus on its venomous bite as representing a lurking danger; it is a type of deceit and treachery, as with reference to the fable by Aesop, in which the man who had ...
Ophites

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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... and Naassenes . Gnostic sects who attached special importance to the serpent; it is not clear whether they were connected. Since the serpent induced Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge (Gen. 3), it might be expected that it would have an honourable place among the Gnostics, but some sects saw it as a hostile...

snakes

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Irad Malkin

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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... Persian Wars : ML 27). At Sparta snakes were the holy animals of the Dioscuri , perhaps originally house-gods. Real house-snakes may have been regarded as the Divine Twins attending a theoxenia , the participation of gods in a meal reception. See also alexander (13) ; naassenes . E. Küster , Die Schlange in der griech. Kunst und religion, RVV 13. 2 (1913); M. P. Nilsson , Greek Folk Religion (1940), 67–72; J. A. Oliver , Snakes in Fact and Fiction (1959); E. Mitropoulou , Deities and Heroes in the Form of Snakes (1977). Irad...

Gnosticism

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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2010
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...distinction between the true God and the Demiurge but did not accept the Gnostic notion of the divine element within a human being; hence Marcion cannot be considered Gnostic. Apart from the testimonia of the heresiologists, who also quote some original sources, such as the Naassene Hymn (Hippolytus Refutatio 5.10.2), Ptolemy's Letter to Flora (Epiphanius Panarion 33.3.1–7.10), and Excerpta ex Theodoto (Clement of Alexandria), the most important texts for the study of Gnosticism are found in the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of approximately...

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