Sentences of Sextus  


The Sentences of Sextus is a Hellenistic Pythagorean text, modified to reflect a Christian viewpoint which was popular among Christians.

Origen quotes Sextus on self-castration, a widespread habit among ascetic early Christians, which Origen deplores, and mentions in passing that the work is one "that many considered to be tested by time."
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Year Written: (Assumed)180-230 AD
Discovered:Nag Hammadi Library, Egypt 1945
The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of 13 ancient books containing over 50 texts. This important discovery includes a number of primary "Gnostic Gospels" – texts which were assumed to have been destroyed during the early Christian conflicts.

All the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi can be viewed in the Gnostic Society Library website.
Further Reading: earlychristianwritings.com/text/sextus.html
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