Gnostic writings

This seems to be Valentinus' response to the dilemma of the permanence of salvation: Therefore, Marcion rejected the teaching of the orthodox Christian Church of his era, that Yahweh or Jehovah is the Father of Christ, and, through a creative excision of what he termed "Judaistic interpolations" in Luke and ten Pauline Epistles, Marcion simultaneously put forth his notion of the "alien God" and His act of salvation, and established the first Canon of Scripture used in a "Christian" Church Jonas, pp.

The volume included new translations from the Nag Hammadi Library, together with extracts from the heresiological writers, and other gnostic material. Recently updated in the Library: That is to say, the Gnostic embodied within himself the salvific dynamism of a history that had broken from the constraint of a tyrannical past, and found the freedom to invent itself anew.

Mirecki also writes about the connection of Origen to Basilides op. He who addresses those who are present before him, both tests them by time, and judges by his judgment, and from the others distinguishes him who can hear; watching the words, the manners, the habits, the life, the motions, the attitudes, the look, the voice; the road, the rock, the beaten path, the fruitful land, the wooded region, the fertile and fair and cultivated spot, that is able to multiply the seed.

Armstrong, in 7 volumes Harvard: That is why and how the Gnostic gospels were created. Brill and Harper, respectively. Recently updated in the Library: This made all the texts available for all interested parties to study in some form.

Clement of Alexandria ca. This octet produced several other beings, one of which revolted or "turned away," as Irenaeus tells us, and set in motion the divine drama that would eventually produce the cosmos. But he who is enrolled in the number of men ought not to desire recompense.

For, accepting the theorems of these latter, they have transferred them to their own type of doctrine. In other cases it takes on a more ascetic tendency to view material existence negatively, which then becomes more extreme when materiality, including the human body, is perceived as evil and constrictive, a deliberate prison for its inhabitants.

For it is impossible that what has been written should not escape, although remaining unpublished by me. And we profess not to explain secret things sufficiently — far from it — but only to recall them to memory, whether we have forgot anything, or whether for the purpose of not forgetting.

All of this, however, is a long way from philosophy. Those also that are occupied in instruction, train the sensibility according to which the poets are susceptible to the influence of measure; the sophists apprehend expression; the dialecticians, syllogisms; and the philosophers are capable of the contemplation of which themselves are the objects.

Some scholars have theorized that Gnosticism has its roots in pre-Christian religions, instead of being merely an offshoot of Christianity. References and Further Reading a.

The discovery of the Nag Hammadi library in southern Egypt in represented a major discovery of Gnostic gospels. One's own conscience is best for choosing accurately or shunning.

The Athenian Solon most excellently enlarges, and writes: The details of the cosmology were apparently not important, their sole purpose being to illustrate, poetically, the dangers facing the souls dwelling in this "realm of darkness" as well as the manner of their redemption from this place.

Although they maintain that the angels were made by a long succession downwards, or that the Former of the world [sprang] from the Supreme Father, as Basilides asserts; nevertheless that which is the cause of those things which have been made will still be traced to Him who was the Author of such a succession.

These texts, as well as the Tripartite Tractate also in the Nag Hammadi Collection show how tightly Platonism and Gnosticism were intertwined in the early centuries of our era.

With an interest in Gnosticism awakened by the Nag Hammadi materials, scholars are now re-examining Manichaeism and beginning a more serious consideration of the many Manichaean writings discovered just in the last century.

Neither originally reported the find, as they sought to make money from the manuscripts by selling them individually at intervals. Valentinus was certainly the most overtly Christian of the Gnostic philosophers of his era. For it is an impracticable attempt to mention all those who, in one way or another, have fallen away from the truth.

The resident Coptologist and religious historian Jean Doresse, realizing the significance of the artifact, published the first reference to it in The purpose of the Pleroma was to exist as a living, collective expression of the intellectual magnitude of the Father, and if any single being within the Pleroma were to attain to the Father, all life would cease.

It appears that few of the sites copying material from this collection have taken the time to read, edit and correct the texts! Moreover, in addition to what has been said, Basilides himself will, according to his own principles, find it necessary to maintain not only that there are three hundred and sixty-five heavens made in succession by one another, but that an immense and innumerable multitude of heavens have always been in the process of being made, and are being made, and will continue to be made, so that the formation of heavens of this kind can never cease.

Gnostics, Gnostic Gospels, & Gnosticism

They hold that their chief is Abraxas; and, on this account, that word contains in itself the numbers amounting to three hundred and sixty-five. We now kindly request that websites provide links to these pages rather than just copying and randomly reproducing them.

Unlike Plotinus, however, who leaves the World-Soul or active part of the Demiurge safely beyond the affective cosmic realm, Numenius posits a Demiurge that is both transcendent and immanent, and arrives at a doctrine of a cosmos that, even on the highest level—the level of the celestial bodies—is not devoid of evil influence, since even the Demiurge, the highest cosmic deity, is infected by the tainting influence of Matter.

Robinson translation was first published inwith the name The Nag Hammadi Library in English, in collaboration between E. And the attempt at an interpretation may take on the form of either muthos or logoseither a merely descriptive rendering of the experience, or a rationally ordered account of such an experience, including an explanation of its origins.

The five remaining fragments focus on ethical issues in line with Stoic ethics; cf.The Gnostic Society Library (a section of The Gnosis Archive), contains a vast collection of primary documents relating to the Gnostic tradition as well as a selection of in-depth audio lectures and brief archive notes designed to orient study of the documents, their sources, and the religious.

Gnosticism (from Ancient Greek: γνωστικός gnostikos, "having knowledge", from γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge) is a modern name for a variety of ancient religious ideas and systems, originating in Jewish-Christian milieux in the first and second century AD.

These systems believed that the material world is created by an emanation of the highest God, trapping the divine spark within. The Mandaean Scriptures, part of a vast collection of materials dealing with Gnosis and Gnosticism, both ancient and modern.

The site includes the Gnostic Library, with the complete Nag Hammadi Library and a large collection of other primary Gnostic scriptures and documents. Some Gnostic documents are the Gospel of Truth, the Letter to Rheginus, Treatise on the Three Natures, Apocalypse of Adam, the Gospel of Matthias, Gospel of Philip, Acts of Peter, and Acts of Thomas.

Although the Gnostics were prolific writers, most of their works have been burnt or lost in favor of proto-orthodox writings (and known only.


"This book may well be the most comprehensive collection of gnostic materials ever gathered in one volume. What is clear from the sourcebook is the tremendous diversity of thought that exists under the 'gnostic' umbrella including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Zoroastrian, and Greco-Roman themes.

The Gnostic Gospels The 52 texts discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt include 'secret' gospels poems and myths attributing to Jesus sayings and beliefs which are very different from the New Testament.

Gnostic writings
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