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The paraphrase of Shem is about the unbegotten Spirit and what Derdekeas revealed to Shem. Derdekeas addresses to Shem about the pre-existence and nature of the three great powers or roots: Light and Darkness and the Spirit between them. In the first intervention by the Saviour, who appears in the likeness of Spirit, darkness begets the demiurgic Mind. The second intervention by the Saviour, as a ray of light and a whirlwind forms the World Soul. Third intervention by the Saviour with his universal garment aims of freeing the light of Spirit from the depths of Darkness. In the fourth intervention Derdekeas comes down to the cloud of Hymen without his universal Garment. The chapter discusses the cosmic consequences of the flood for Shem, destruction of Sodom, and the baptism of the Savior. It talks about the ascent of the Saviour through his crucifixion.

Keywords:cloud of Hymen; cosmic womb; Derdekeas; destruction of Sodom; flood for Shem; impure baptism; Saviour; The Paraphrase of Shem; unbegotten Spirit



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