Gnostic dating


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Gnostics did not call themselves by that name and there were many variations of what we now call Gnosticism.

While some forms were completely unrelated to Christianity, others considered themselves a higher type of Christian.

In the first installment of this two-part series, I outlined the stark contrasts between the gnostic Jesus and “the Word become flesh.” These respective views of Jesus are lodged within mutually exclusive world views concerning claims about God, the universe, humanity, and salvation. Do we have a clue as to what Jesus, the Man from Nazareth, actually did and said as a player in space-time history?

Should such gnostic documents as the capture our attention as a reliable report of the mind of Jesus, or does the Son of Man of the biblical Gospels speak with the authentic voice?

Is there any good reason to think this document, or any Gnostic document, comes from the first century A. or represents early Christian beliefs from the apostolic age?