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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

1 "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)

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

3 "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

4 "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)

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

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "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

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

11 "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

12 "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'

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

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

15 "The Divine Presence, by virtue of his beauty, illuminates the world and engraces it." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance

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

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

18 "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)

19 "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)

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

21 "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),

22 "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

23 "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)

24 "What is is One." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text),

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite