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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

1 "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)

2 "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)

3 "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

4 "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

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 "The dwelling place of the Word is man and its truth is love." The Odes of Solomon (2nd century Gnostic hymnbook), Ode 12

7 "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)

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

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

10 "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)

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 "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),

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

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

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

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

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

18 "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'

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

20 "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)

21 "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)

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

23 "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)

24 "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

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite