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On the Origin of the World is a Gnostic work dealing with creation and end times. It was found amongst the texts in the Nag Hammadi library, in Codex II, immediately following the Reality of the Rulers, with many parallels between the two texts[1] In particular, it rethinks the entire story of Genesis, and positions Yaldabaoth (the Demiurge) as the creator of the world, fulfilling the role of God in Genesis. Furthermore, the Serpent in the Garden of Eden is depicted as a hero sent by Sophia to guide mankind towards enlightenment.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "The Gnostic Bible", ch 27, p431, New Seeds, 2003, ISBN 1-59030-199-4

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