Valentinian Gnosticism was
extremely widespread through the Roman
Empire from Alexandria,
Egypt through Asia Minor
and Syria in the east, and
Valentinus and the Gnostic
movement that bore his name were considered threats to
Pauline Christianity by church
leaders and orthodox Christian scholars including
According to Valentinus,
there are esoteric teachings originating in
Jesus that were secretly passed on through his disciples.
When Jesus spoke in public, he used
parable with metaphor and analogy.
Context provides the essential key
for understanding Jesus' message.
"The scriptures are ambiguous and
the truth cannot be extracted from them by those who are ignorant of
Secret teachings are meaningful
only to the spiritually mature.
a person not ready to receive, they seem like nonsense.
Æon the Ineffable defies description
and Jesus came to bring knowledge (gnosis) to a suffering humanity that was
desperately seeking Æon.
The Valentinian tradition draws a
sharp distinction between the human
Jesus and the divine Christ.
The human Jesus
was born the son of Mary and Joseph.
Jesus is consubstantial
with the spiritual seed of Sophia.
When he was thirty years old, he
went to John the Baptist to be baptized.
As he went down to be baptized, the
Divine Savior, referred to as the "Spirit of the Thought of the Father",
descended on him in the form of a dove.
A "virgin birth" and resurrection from
the dead, reborn of the virgin Spirit.
People manifest their true nature by their response
to the message of Jesus.
Using the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-8), they explain that
through Jesus, Sophia sows the spiritual
seed in all who hear the message.
People bear spiritual fruit after
attaining a state of mystical
knowledge in which they recognize their
Eternal Soul is always
accompanied by the Savior.
expression of debt due to ignorance, could be overcome through perfect
knowledge of the Will of Æon.
Valentinus as the author of the Gospel of Truth.
Alexandria records Valentinus
was a follower of Theudas, a
disciple of Saul of
claimed Theudas imparted to him secret wisdom that
Saul of Tarsus
privately taught his inner
circle publicly referred to in connection with his visionary encounter with the
risen Christ (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Acts
Valentinian literature described the
primal being, called Bythos, as the
beginning of all things.
Valentinius, along with
Clement, was among the
early Christians who attempted to align Christianity with
that the three distinct aspects are One Æon.
the three distinct aspects are Three
the first to invent three
hypostases and three persons of the Father,
Son and Holy
Spirit, and he is discovered to have filched this from
Plato."- Marcellus of Ancyra
Valentinian Gnosticism professed
Æon the Father,
Sophia the Mother, and
Logos the Son.
Teaching professed by
Hellenized Hebrews at
the time of Saul of Tarsus
proclaims Æon the Father,
Shekhinah female aspect of
Æon and the Law.
At the time
of Jesus the Tannaim the
Hellenized Hebrews believed the
Greeks to be superior in philosophy and
after all, the Greeks had conquered the
They had become apostate to the
Yahweh mythology of Moses and had
begun adding elements of Greek polytheism,
the original patriarchal
monotheistic religion through the use of
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