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Books of Jeu

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Estimated Range of Dating: 200-250 A.D.

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H.-C. Puech, revised by Beate Blatz, writes (New Testament Apocrypha, vol. 1, p. 170): "Despite the objections of E. Preuschen and R. Liechtenhan it is now generally admitted, as a result of the work of Carl Schmidt, that the document thus described and transmitted is identical with the 'two books of Jew' twice mentioned in the Pistis Sophia (158.18f., and 228.35). The text is written in Coptic (Sahidic), and shows only at the beginning some dialectic peculiarities which in Till's opinion betray an influence from Subachmimic. There is no doubt, however, that we have to do with the translation of a Greek original, probably composed in Egypt in the first half or at the beginning of the 3rd century. The writing, which especially in its second part is closely related to those of the Codex Askewianus, must derive from the same milieu: a circle of 'Gnostics' (in the narrow sense) or Barbelognostics with Encratite tendencies."

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