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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

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

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

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

4 "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)

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

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 "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

8 "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

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

10 "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

11 "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

12 "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)

13 "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)

14 "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),

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

17 "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

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

20 "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),

21 "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

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

23 "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),

24 "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

25 "O nature of man that cannot be parted from God!" The Acts of Peter, 2nd century Christian Apocrypha

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite