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Basilidians

A Gnostic sect founded by Basilides of Alexandria, who claimed to have received his esoteric doctrines from Glaucias, a disciple of the apostle Peter. Basilides recognized one supreme being named Abraxas. The sect posited three grades of existencematerial, intellectual, and spiritualand possessed two allegorical statues, male and female. The doctrine had many points of resemblance to that of the Ophites and the Jewish Kabala.

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Legge, Francis. Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity from 333 B.C. to 330 A.D. 2 vols. 1915. Reprint, New Hyde Park, N.Y.: University Books, 1964.

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Basilides

Basilides (2nd cent. CE). An Alexandrian Christian theologian who inclined to gnosticism. According to Hippolytus he taught that under the supreme God were various good world-rulers, including the God of the Jews. Jesus was endowed with a heavenly light to summon the elect, who will ascend to the highest heaven.

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Basilides

Basilides (bəsĬl´Ĭdēz), fl. 120–145, Gnostic teacher of Alexandria. He wrote Exegitica (his personal gospel with 24 books of commentary) and poems. He claimed to possess a secret tradition handed down from St. Peter and St. Matthias. The Basilidean sect of Gnosticism attracted many followers.

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