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Valentinus: The Divine Word Present in the Infant

The following text is excerpted from Bentley Layton in The Gnostic Scriptures (Doubleday 1987), p. 231. The text comes from Hippolytus's Against Heresies 6.42.2. Please refer to Layton for background, bibliography, and notes.

Fragment A

For Valentinus says he saw a newborn babe, and questioned it to find out who it was. And the babe answered him saying that it was the Word. Thereupon, he adds to this a certain pompous tale, intending to derive from this his attempt at a sect.

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