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Gnosticism in Islam

It is no secret that Jesus is an important figure in Islam, although his role has been relegated to one of many Abrahamic prophets, with Mohammed being the last to herald the final dispensation of God. Yet it is almost unknown in the West that beyond the Koran, there...

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The Gnosis and Tragedy of the Yezidi

Being persecuted is a badge of honor for many religions, just as feeling persecuted is so intoxicating many of today’s sociopolitical movements. Victimhood paradoxically seems empowering, liberating, even divine — although much of the time it’s a diabolical grab for...

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Is John’s Gospel Gnostic?

By Robert Price   Who Dares? As far back as the fourth-century faction of the Alogoi who wanted to bar the Fourth Gospel from the emerging New Testament canon,[i] the Gospel of John has now and again been suspected of being Gnostic in character. The greatest...

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Amorous Archons in Eden and Corinth

By Robert Price   A preoccupation with the textual minutiae of Scripture may stem from either a strict belief in verbal inspiration or simply the scholarly love of trivia, but in any case few Bible students can resist a good exegetical puzzle. One of the most...

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The Gnostic Moby Dick

Most of us have read Moby Dick, or are at least familiar with Herman Melville’s classic. Many of us know the metaphors and symbols and pathos of this great American novel. We heard it all in high school and perhaps found insights once we got older — as the whales of...

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