Paul Linjamaa



My dissertation explored the ethics of the Nag Hammadi-text The Tripartite Tractate. This extremely detailed early Christian text, the fifth tractate in Codex I, has received unduly little attention. By investigating the ethics of The Tripartite Tractate, the study not only illuminated the previously unstudied aspect of early Christian determinism, but also explores the ethical outlook of the most detailed Valentinian treaty extant today. Early Christian determinism has been presented as “Gnostic”, and then not taken seriously, or been disregarded as an invention of ancient intra-Christian polemics. The present study challenges this conception and presents insights into how early Christian determinism actually worked and effectively sustained viable and functioning ethics.


I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher. The project investigates the reception of the Gnostic text Pistis Sophia in Europe's 1800-1900-century esoteric and theological milieus.

Recent research outputs

Paul Linjamaa, 2019 Jun 7, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. 326 p. (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies; vol. 95)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Paul Linjamaa, 2019 Apr 9, Axess magasin, 3, p. 66–67.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article

Paul Linjamaa, 2019, (Accepted/In press) Nordic Interpretations of the New Testament: Challenging Texts and Perspectives. Falkenberg, R., Heldgaard Bylund, L. & Bjelland Kartzow, M. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, p. 157–174 17 p. (Studia Aarhusiana Neotestamentica (SANt); vol. 5).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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