HYPSIPHRONE, a Gnostic work in the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY. It occupies the final four pages of Codex XI (XI.4.69.21-72.33, with the missing conclusion most likely at the bottom of page 72). A titular superscript, HYPSIPH[RONE], is given at 69.21, restored with confidence on the basis of the use of this name at XI.4.69.23-24, 70.22-23, and 72.21; the tractate also presents itself in the incipit as "the book [about the things] which were seen [by] Hypsiphrone, being [revealed] in the place of [her] virginity" (XI.4.69.22-26). Hypsiphrone, "she of high mind," is described in the company of her brothers, and she proceeds to deliver a revelatory discourse concerning her descent from the place of her virginity into the world (XI.4.70.20-21) and her conversations with Phainops, the "bright eyed one." Unfortunately, because of the deteriorated condition of the text, the precise contents of the discourse are impossible to determine.
MARVIN W. MEYER
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