Abraxas: (Abrasax) The letters of this word add up to 365 in some schema of numerology. In Irenaeus’ outline of the beliefs of Basilides, the term seems to refer to the unknown Father, the ‘Prime Source.’ In writings by Hippolytus, what is described seems to be a reference to the Demiurge. In some of the surviving Gnostic texts, Abrasax is one of a number of “light bringers.” (See; ”Zostrianos,” ”The Gospel of the Egyptians,” and ”The Apocalypse of Adam.”)

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