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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

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

2 "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)

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

4 "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

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

6 "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

7 "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)

8 "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

9 "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)

10 "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),

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

12 "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

13 "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

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

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

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

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

18 "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

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

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

21 "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)

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

23 "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)

24 "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)

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