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Hypsiphrone is Codex XI, Tractate 4[1] of the Nag Hammadi writings,[2] named from the translation of a Greek feminine name word 'Hypsiphrone' or 'Hupsiph[rone]'[3] rendered as she of high mind.[4] The text is highly fragmentary, and only parts of several paragraphs have survived.[5]


The text describes a conversation between Hypsiphrone and her brethren Phainops. Hypsiphrone has returned to the world after being in the place of her virginity, and Phainops asks why she has left and suggests she follow him. Phainops then tells Hypsiphrone about a fount of blood that can be revealed by starting a fire.[6]


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  2. ^ Introduced and Translated by J.D.Turner from The facsimile edition of the Nag Hammadi codices, Volume 12 edited by James M. Robinson pages 454-455 17:28 17.10.11
  3. ^ Pearson, Birger A. "Hypsiphrone". Early Christian Writings. Peter Kirby. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ Pagels, Elaine H.; Hedrick, Charles W. (1990). Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII. BRILL. ISBN 9004078258.
  5. ^ Meyer, Marvin (2007). The Nag Hammadi scriptures. New York: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-162600-5. OCLC 124538398.
  6. ^ Turner, John D. "Hypsiphrone". The Gnostic Society Library. The Nag Hammadi Library. Retrieved 31 January 2023.