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Der Gott Aion

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In his "Poimandres", Reitsenstein has dealt about the god Aion and particularly acquired the merit to prove a relatively early date of the existence of this peculiar figure. To this relatively early occurrence of speculation about the god Aion, it corresponds to the other hand, if one kept a common general name for the heavenly Pleroma belonging spirits in the Christian Gnosis Aion. In the "Apocryphon Joannis" that Coptic Gnostic source, the closest parallel of the report of Irenaeus on the Barbelognosis seems to be the terminus of Barbelo, the first emanation of the highest unknown deity in a very special way. To the testimony of the Hellenistic Gnosis, the author reckons primarily the fragments of Oracula Chaldaica. They know the actual figure of Aion, although one is not able to clearly see their position in the overall system. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Apocryphon Joannis; Barbelo; Barbelognosis; Christian Gnosis; god Aion; Hellenistic Gnosis; Oracula Chaldaica

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