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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

1 "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

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

3 "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)

4 "Everything that has come to pass has been by Your will. And there is no other beside You." The closing Psalm to 'The Manual of Discipline', a 1st century bce Essene text

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

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

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

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 "Each 'cosmic event' of self-knowledge affects the whole universe, helping to bring grace to the world." Willis Barnstone, preface to 'The Gospel of Truth and the Valentinian Speculation'

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

11 "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),

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

13 "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

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

15 "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)

16 "Remark this: that God, when he made man and clothed him in great honor, made it incumbent that he cleave to him so as to be….of single heart, united to the One by the tie of the single-purposed faith which ties all together." 'The Zohar, The Book of Radiance'

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

18 "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)

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

20 "The substance of the ungenerated Father of all is incorruption and self-existent light, simple and homogeneous." Ptolemaeus' Letter to Flora, 2nd century Gnostic text

21 "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

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

23 "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)

24 "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

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite