The Legend of Lilith

The Legend of Lillith

The role played by Norea in the gnostic version of the flood myth is in many ways reminiscent of the...
The Tower of Bible

The Tower of Bible

Gnostic retellings of Genesis typically wrestle with "problem" passages which seem to anthropomorphize God or assign limits to his omniscience...
"...each one of the Seven [Rulers] chose his own herald to glorify and proclaim him as God... Thus Moses was the prophet of Yaldabaoth, as were Joshua, Amos and Habakkuk; Samuel, Nathan, Jonah, and Micah were prophets of lao; Elijah, Joel, and Zechariah were prophets of Sabaoth; Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel were prophets of Adonai; Tobias and Haggai were prophets of Eloi; Micah and Nahum were prophets of Oreus; and Ezra and Zephaniah were prophets of Astanfeus." "The Sethian Ophites." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 663.

False Prophets

"When Jesus descended into Hell, the sinners listened to his words and were all saved. But the saints, believing as usual that they were being put to the test, rejected his words and were all damned." Lacarriere, Jacques. The Gnostics. City Lights Books, 1989. 96.

Jesus in Hell

A long-standing Christian tradition holds that Jesus spent the three days between the crucifixion and the resurrection rescuing Old Testament...
"And as soon as Christ went down into the water, he came out laughing at everything of this world, not because he considers it a trifle, but because he is full of contempt for it. He who wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven will attain it. If he despises everything of this world and scorns it as a trifle, he will come out laughing." "The Gospel of Philip." The Other Bible. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Harper San Francisco, 1984. 96.

Baptism of Laughter

Baptism was an important sacrament for many ancient gnostics, who found in the reflecting waters of the baptismal pool a...