By Andrew Phillip Smith
A Dictionary of Gnosticism is a scholarly but available consultant that covers the folks, mythology, pursuits, scripture, and technical phrases with regards to this pre-Christian Western faith. It comprises approximately 1700 entries, from Aachiaram, an angel within the 'Secret e-book of John to Zostrianos', a third-century Gnostic textual content, and is a competent reference for the Nag Hammadi library and different Gnostic texts. An creation explains who the Gnostics have been and offers a whirlwind journey during the historical past of this alluring circulation.
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Bardaisan/Bardesanes: (ca. 155–ca. 233) Syrian Gnostic born in *Edessa, where he became a courtier to King Agbar VIII. He was said to have been a *Valentinian but probably represented an independent form of Syrian Christianity, possibly connected to *Thomasine Christianity. He wrote many works, all of which are lost; some of his psalms were reworked by *Ephraim. Barias: In the *Secret Book of John, an angel who created the right hip. Bariel: In the *Three Forms of First Thought, a being associated with enthroning the recipient in the *Sethian *Five Seals baptismal rite.
Alpha: First letter of the Greek alphabet. Alphleges: In *Allogenes, an *aeon of the second power. In *Zostrianos, an aeon connected with *Barbelo. Amaury, Arnold: (d. 1225) Head of the *Cistercians and later Archbishop of Narbonne, he led the *Albigensian Crusade at the siege of *Béziers in 1209. Ambrose of Alexandria: (d. ca. 250) A wealthy Alexandrian merchant who was a *Valentinian and an attendee at the Catechetical School of *Alexandria, where he was persuaded by *Origen to become a Catholic Christian.
Areche: In the *Secret Book of John, an angel who created the belly. aretology: (from Greek arête, “virtue”) Stories of the miraculous deeds of a god or hero. arhat: A realized being or saint in Theravada Buddhism, referred to in the *Manichaean *Great Song to Mani. Arians: See *Arius. ” The name recalls the Zoroastrian *Ahriman. 28 arnold, william Ariom: A being associated with the *Sethian *Five Seals baptismal rite in the *Three Forms of First Thought. Arius: (256–336) A *heresiarch Christian from *Alexandria who denied the identity of *Christ and *God and asserted that the *Son was inferior to the *Father.
A Dictionary of Gnosticism by Andrew Phillip Smith