Jarl Fossum & Brian Glazer - Seth In The Magical Texts

Jarl Fossum & Brian Glazer - Seth In The Magical Texts

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The scope of this paper is to clear up two misconceptions about the identity of Seth in the
magical texts. Although it may appear to be rather modest, the scope is an entirely appreciable
one, for the name of Seth is prevalent in magical literature.
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At the Yale Conference on Gnosticism (1978), B.A. Pearson read a paper entitled, "Seth
in Gnostic Literature". Pearson showed that the Gnostic figure of Seth derives from Jewish
tradition. In an excursus at the end of the paper named "Egyptian Influences?", the author laid
down that the Egyptian god Seth is never identified with Seth, the son of Adam.1