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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

1 "Every soul is a gift of God." Christian Sibyllines, 2nd century Christian Apocrypha

2 "We are that single, sole light which came into being." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce),

3 "Earth the same for all, not divided by walls and fences, will then bear fruits more abundant of its own accord, livelihood held in common, wealth unapportioned! No pauper is there, no rich man, nor any tyrant; no slave, nor again any great, nor shall any be small,..all share in common. This also He will do." Christian Sibyllines

4 "All things are made fast according to the will of the Holy Spirit through the Self-born." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text)

5 "The One to be praised, the Father-Mother, the One rich in mercy, takes form in its seed." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text)

6 "Every breathing thing glorifies Him, and every creature visible and invisible returns Him praise." The Book of the Secrets of Enoch (2 Enoch, Jewish Pseudepigrapha)

7 "The light will cover the darkness. It will wipe it out. It will become like one which had not come into being. And the work which the darkness followed will be dissolved. And the deficiency will be plucked out at its root and thrown down to the darkness. And the light will withdraw up to its root. And the glory of the unbigoted will appear, and it will fill all of the Aeons, when the prophetic utterance and the report of those who are kind are revealed and are fulfilled by those who are called perfect...For each one by his deed and his knowledge will reveal his nature." The Origin Of The World, 3rd Century AD Gnostic text

8 "The One embraces all sides." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance

9 "Christ has everything in himself – man, angel, mystery, and the Father." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism),

10 "The Holy Spirit shepherds everyone and rules all the powers, the 'tame' ones and the 'wild' ones, as well as those which are unique." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism),

11 "He who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depth of the All." The Book of Thomas the Contender, 3rd century Gnostic text

12 "These are the colors which I tell you to paint with: faith in God, knowledge, reverence, kindness, fellowship, mildness, goodness, brotherly love, purity, sincerity, tranquility, fearlessness, cheerfulness, dignity and the whole band of colors which portray your soul and already raise up you that were cast down and level those that were lifted up, which cure your bruises and heal your wounds and arrange your tangled hair and wash your face and instruct your eyes and cleanse your heart." The Acts of John, Christian Apocrypha

13 "The primal center is the innermost light, of a translucence, subtlety, and purity beyond comprehension. That inner point extended becomes a 'palace' which acts as an enclosure for the center, and is also of a radiance translucent beyond the power to know it." 'Zohar', edited by Gershom Scholem, Schocken, New York 1963

14 "And he (Christ) is in fatherhood and motherhood and rational brotherhood and wisdom. And this is a wedding of truth, and a repose of incorruption, in a spirit of truth, in every mind, and a perfect light in an unnameable mystery. But this is not, nor will it happen among us in any region or place in division and breach of peace, but in union and a mixture of love, all of which are perfected in the one who is." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text)

15 "All souls are prepared for eternity, even before the formation of the world." The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, Jewish Pseudepigrapha

16 "And He is entirely one, being the All with them all in a single doctrine because all these are from a single spirit." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text)

17 "O nature of man that cannot be parted from God!" The Acts of Peter, 2nd century Christian Apocrypha

18 "He who lives in harmony and friendship of brotherly love, naturally and not artificially, completely and not partially, this person is truly…the universal one and perfect love." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text),

19 "From the beginning of all things prevailed divine goodness, without which nothing could have continued to exist." 'Haggadah' (early Kabbalah)

20 "There is one supernal soul which is the soul of all souls." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance

21 "You, Lord, are he who is in all and passes through all and dwells in all your works, and manifests in the working of them all." The Acts of Thomas, 3rd century Christian Gnostic Apocrypha

22 "God…united everything into a harmonious whole." The Gospel of Bartholomew, 3rd century Christian Apocrypha

23 "Truth is one single thing and it is also many things for our sakes who learn this one thing in love through many things." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism)

24 "One certain seed had within it the whole semination of the universe. It is like the egg of some variegated and many-colored bird, such as the peacock or some other bird which is even more multiform and many-colored, an egg which though one has within it many forms of multiform, many-colored, many-constituted substances." Basilides, 2nd century Syrian-Egyptian Gnostic

25 "The strong power of the mind came into being from the mind of the unbegotten Spirit." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite