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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

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

2 "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

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

4 "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'

5 "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),

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

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

9 "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

10 "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)

11 "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)

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

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

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

15 "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)

16 "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)

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

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

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

20 "The light will cover the darkness. It will wipe it out. It will become like one which had not come into being. And the work which the darkness followed will be dissolved. And the deficiency will be plucked out at its root and thrown down to the darkness. And the light will withdraw up to its root. And the glory of the unbigoted will appear, and it will fill all of the Aeons, when the prophetic utterance and the report of those who are kind are revealed and are fulfilled by those who are called perfect...For each one by his deed and his knowledge will reveal his nature." The Origin Of The World, 3rd Century AD Gnostic text

21 "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)

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

23 "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)

24 "Jesus said: 'I am He who exists from the undivided.'" The Gospel of Thomas

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite