Marsanes is a Sethian Gnostic text from the New Testament apocrypha.

Scholars speculate that the text was originally written by a Syrian in Greek. Like Zostrianos, and Allogenes, the text describes a very elaborate esoteric cosmogony of successive emanations from an original God, as revealed by Marsanes, who is recognized as a Gnostic prophet.

Within the text there are indications that the Sethians had developed ideas of monism, an idea comparable to Heracleon's notion of universal perfection and permanence as expressed through the constancy of the total mass of things within it (that is, all matter in the universe may only change form, and may not be created or destroyed), and the later Stoic insistence of nothing existing beyond the material.

Common Gnostic thought is especially prominent through the textís discussion on the power of sacred knowledge, which can allow readers to ascend through the levels of the universe until they reach the highest heaven where God resides.

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Year Written: (Assumed)270-330 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" ‚Äď 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.
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