New book: Christians and Sethians

Herbert Schmid, author of a study of the Gospel of Philip, is publishing a new monograph on Christianity and Sethian (Gnosticism): Christen und Sethianer: Ein Beitrag zur Diskussion um den religionsgeschichtlichen und den kirchengeschichtlichen Begriff der Gnosis. Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements 143; Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2018.

Here is the (English) description from the book’s website at Brill: “In Christen und Sethianer. Ein Beitrag zur Diskussion um den religionsgeschichtlichen und den kirchengeschichtlichen Begriff der Gnosis, Herbert Schmid argues that there are no hints for a more primitive and independent form of Gnosticism which developed on the fringes of ancient Judaism. Not only the Valentinian school, but also Hans-Martin Schenkes Sethianism and other early manifestations of Gnosis are probably best understood as early attempts to phrase Christian theology. In this context, the term Gnosticism is a useful category to describe ancient religious history.” Looking forward to reading this one.

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