The following text is excerpted from Bentley Layton in The Gnostic Scriptures (Doubleday 1987), p. 233. The text comes from Marcellus of Ancyra, On the Holy Church, 9. Please refer to Layton for background, bibliography, and notes.
Valentinus, the leader of a sect, was the first to devise the notion of three subsistent entities (hypostases), in a work that he entitled On the Three Natures. For, he devised the notion of three subsistent entities and three personsfather, son, and holy spirit.
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