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The Origin of Christianity And a Commentary to the Acts of the Apostles

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We must discuss this point, when we shall treat on the Logos and the Son of God. Here we only wish to call atten- tion to the Gnostic source as far as it ef- fected the anthropology of those days.
The Gnostic speculation, which in form is the direct opposite of the Hellenistic school of logical concepts and thoughts, and in substance places knowledge, THE GNOSIS, above love at the time in which Christianity originated, had many admir- ers and many opponents. It engaged the minds of the thoughtf
...ul persons. The Talmud has preserved numerous traces of Gnosticism, also in its anthropological bearing. We notice first a passage which occurs twice in the Talmud. * The original passage is in Sanhedrin, and reads thus : " Rabbi Eliezer (the son of Pedath) said, knowledge (or the Gnosis) is so great that it \vas placed between two names of the Deity, as it is said (1. Samuel ii, ) ' For the LORD of KNOWLEDGE is GOD. ' " Here is almost theapothesis of the Gnosis. Then the same rabbi continues, " Great is the sanctuary (the temple) for it was placed between two names of the Deity ; as it is said (Exodus xv, ) ' Thou hast wrought, LORD !

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