gno·​sis | \ ˈnō-səs How to pronounce gnosis (audio) \

Definition of gnosis

: esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation

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Another noted Alexandrian thinker was Valentinus, whose interpretation of Christianity required believers to embrace divine knowledge—in Greek, gnosis. National Geographic, "Ancient Egypt gave rise to one of the world's oldest Christian faiths," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of gnosis

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnosis

Greek gnōsis, literally, knowledge, from gignōskein

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