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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

1 "Jesus said, 'Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye." The Gospel of Thomas (2nd century Gnostic text)

2 "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),

3 "The Holy Spirit is Life, the Mother of All." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text)

4 "Jesus said, 'Take heed of the Living One." The Gospel of Thomas (2nd century Gnostic text)

5 "We receive conception from the grace which is in each other." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism)

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

7 "He shall show ways to men, he shall show heavenly paths; and he shall teach all with wise speeches....He shall walk the waves, and deliver man from sickness, He shall raise up the dead, and banish many pains. And from one wallet there shall be sufficiency of bread for men...In his hand is all the world, and earth and heaven and sea. He shall flash like lightning on the earth, as at his first appearance two saw him, begotten from each other's side. It shall be, when earth shall rejoice in the hope of a Son." Christian Sibyllines

8 "According to Plotinus the supreme source of the world is the One." Willis Barnstone

9 "Jesus said: 'I am He who exists from the undivided.'" The Gospel of Thomas

10 "I accomplish everything through the Good One, for this is the union of the truth." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text)

11 "Jesus: 'And those who assumed the form of my type will assume the form of my Word. Indeed these will come forth in Light forever, and in friendship with each other in the spirit, since they have known in every respect and indivisibility that what is is ONE.'" Second Treatise of Seth (Christian Gnostic)

12 "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

13 "The soul of man..is the spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters." 'Haggadah' (4th century Jewish text),

14 "I glorify and praise the Invisible Spirit, for because of Thee all things came into existence, and all things aspire to Thee." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text),

15 "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)

16 "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

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

18 "Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick. Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled….raise up and awaken those who sleep. For you are this understanding, which encourages." The Gospel of Truth and the Valentinian Speculation (2nd century Gnostic text)

19 "God is in every place and he looks out over every place." Hermes Trismegistus, early Pagan Gnostic text

20 "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)

21 "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century ad Christian Gnostic catechesis)

22 "Nothing exists without the Lord…and our worlds were made by his word, his thought and his heart. Glory and honor to his name." The Odes of Solomon (2nd century Gnostic hymnbook), Ode 16

23 "And the highest One gave the Word to his worlds, which interpret his own beauty, recite his praise, confess his thought, are heralds of his mind, are instructors of his works." The Odes of Solomon (2nd century Gnostic hymnbook), Ode 12

24 "Henceforth proceed with Faith to shine in the depths of the world." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce),

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite