Valentinian Gnosticism was extremely widespread throughout
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 that were followers of
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.
Truth cannot be extracted from
scripture by those ignorant of tradition."
Secret teachings are
meaningful only to the spiritually mature.
To a person not ready to receive, they seem like
Ineffable defies description and Jesus came to bring knowledge (gnosis)
to a suffering humanity that was desperately seeking
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 white dove.
birth" and resurrection from the dead, reborn of the virgin
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.
an 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.
Clement of Alexandria records
Valentinus was a follower of
Theudas, a disciple of
Saul of Tarsus.
Valentinus 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
Trinitarianism states that the three
distinct aspects are One Æon.
Tritheism states the three
distinct aspects are Three
the first to invent three
hypostases and three persons of the Father,
Holy Spirit, and he is discovered
to have filched this from Hermes and 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 saw
the Greeks were superior in philosophy and
knowledge and chose
to emulate them.
Naturally as, after all,
the Greeks had conquered the known
They had become
apostate to the
Yahweh mythology of Moses and had
begun adding elements of Greek
polytheism, numerology and
the original patriarchal
monotheistic religion through the use of
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