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
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
People manifest their
true nature by their response to the message of Jesus.
|"Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he
He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and
daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my
Spirit in those days." - Joel 2:23,28,29
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
Valentinus as the author
of the Gospel of Truth.
Clement of Alexandria
records Valentinus was a follower of Theudas, a
disciple of Saul of
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
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 world.
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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