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The Other Bible
Willis Barnstone, editor

1 "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)

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

3 "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

4 "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)

5 "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

6 "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

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

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

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

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

11 "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

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

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

14 "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)

15 "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

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

17 "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),

18 "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)

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

20 "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

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

22 "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)

23 "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

24 "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)

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite