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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

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

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 "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)

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

5 "In the uprightness of our love we are innocent, pure, and good, since we have a mind of the Father in an ineffable mystery…He who lives in harmony and friendship of brotherly love, naturally and not artificially, completely and not partially, this person is truly the desire of the Father. He is the universal one and perfect love." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text)

6 "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

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

8 "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

9 "The Spirit is a Unity….It is the God of Truth, the Father of All, the Holy Spirit, the invisible one, the one who is over the All." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text)

10 "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)

11 "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)

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

13 "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),

14 "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)

15 "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

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 "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)

18 "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)

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

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

21 "Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable." The Gospel of Philip, (3rd century Christian Gnostic sacramental catechism)

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

23 "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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite