Eros, Orpheus and “On the Origin of the World” ~ Alexander Rivera

From the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition No 25, Vol. 3. Autumnal Equinox 2013 http://www.jwmt.org/v3n25/rivera.html

 

Introduction

On the Origin of the World (Codex II) of the Nag Hammadi Library, is dominated by a compendium of influences including Manichean, Valentinian, Sethian, Ophite, Egyptian, Hermetic (Pagan Gnosis), Jewish apocalyptic apocrypha (Enoch and Jubilees), magic and astrology, and last but not least, and as the primary focus of this paper, the Orphic and Hellenistic mysteries. Yet, despite the variety of different influences, it still retains a particular Gnostic flavor—written persuasively as an academic essay, to not only attract potential adherents to the Gnostic religion but also to defend the Gnostic world-view in a distanced and factual manner. These references and allusions to other, non-Gnostic works, are employed to lend weight to the author’s message. Because of the juxtaposition of eclectic influences and even the citation of other texts, which are now lost to us, they seem to point to a school in Alexandria, Egypt as a place of origination……. cont’d at the link above.

Alan F Segal – Two Powers in Heaven

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Early Rabbinic reports on Christianity and Gnosticism

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because these things have a habit of disappearing.

The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand

http://www.rafapal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Shlomo-Sand-The-Invention-of-the-Jewish-People-2009.pdf

 

See also this overview from Counterpunch

 

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Updated 21/7/2017 to add:-

See these also from First World War Hidden History:

Balfour Declaration 1. Beware Mythistory

Balfour Declaration 2. The Fateful Letter

Balfour Declaration 3. Peeling the Onion – Secret Collusions

Balfour Declaration 4. Early Zionist Roots in Britain

Balfour Declaration 5. Zionism in America; The Rise of Louis Brandeis

The Balfour Declaration within the context of the First Word War.