The Egyptian Foundations of Gnostic Thought – By Daniel R. McBride

“These are the myths that Basileides tells from his schooling in Egyptian wisdom, and having learnt such wisdom from them, he bears this sort of fruit.”

Hippolytus, Refutatio 7.27

“My thesis on the Egyptian Gnostics is posted here in its entirety. I felt it important to make it available before I find an eventual publisher for those interested in a perspective upon the origins of Gnostic thought, one only marginally indebted to the current Christian Origins appropriation of the field. This thesis firmly grounds the rise of Gnosis in ancient emanationist theologies, preeminently Egyptian and, furthermore, presents a socio-historic perspective for the rise of Gnostic thought in Alexandria. Presented here, as well, are a number of original Gnostic tractates, translated by the author.” Daniel R. McBride

http://www.scribd.com/cokokur/d/20752479-The-Egyptian-Foundations-of-Gnostic-Thought-by-D-McBride

(Highly, HIGHLY recommended reading. I have referred to Daniel McBride’s thesis on so many occasions I’ve lost count…)

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