Esaldaios: Name that the Naassenes used for the Demiurge.
Essenes: Jewish communal sect known as free thinkers at the time of Jesus. They were said by Josephus to have combined Pythagorean, and Stoic theory, with ascetic virtues, and spiritual knowledge with divine law. In Qumran, the Essenes were the keepers and/or writers (some works) of the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls.’ http://essenes.net/bnei1.htm , http://mosaic.lk.net/g-qumran.htmlAccording to Robert Wiseman, author of “James, Brother of Jesus,” there are similar language parallels to some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and first century Christianity. However there is no real proof of this connection and I found Wiseman’s claims to be on very thin ice, and hardly parallels at all. Most experts see no connection to Essenes, and Christians at all. There are no Christian works found in the scrolls.”The sect was an extremist offshoot of the Jewish apocalyptic movement, whose basic doctrine was the expectation of the soon end of days. When it comes, the wicked would be destroyed, and Israel freed from the yoke of the nations. Before this, God would raise for Himself a community of elect who were destined to be saved from the divine visitation, and who were the nucleus of the society of the future.” http://mosaic.lk.net/g-qumran.htmlThis is different than the claims of modern Essenes, who claim to be originated by Nazoreans, http://essenes.net/bnei1.htm
My note:modern essenes claim to be of a different group..from Mount Carmel; of Elijah (Nazoreans). Their texts are preserved in mandaeism, which has been corrupted by Islam and followers of Dositheus (which Islam tells us the modern mandean fiath is an off shoot of) who denied Yeshu; figures such as Simon Magus who despite some modern accounts was not the first Gnostic. Simon was a Dositheus follower, he proclaimed himself to be “Yeshu” and his lunar bride (some acounts say she was a formewr whore) to be an incarnate Goddess.This all have led to the insistence of venerating John the Baptist (Yohana) and denigrating Jesus (Yeshu/Hibil Ziwa/ Manda dHiya)… This can be easily seen (for ONE example) in the Mandaean Ginza Rba which tells the story of Jesus being baptized by John. There are two versions, one where Jesus is wholly rubbished, another where Jesus’ name is transposed with Manda dHiya…We find this Manda dHiya version in the Ginza Rba. The changing of Yeshu or hibil ziwa or any of Yeshu’s several names for Manda d’Hiya makes the obvious redaction of texts easy to spot and correct. http://essenes.net/ginzaR5_4.html Whereupon spoke Yohanna to Manda dHiya: A thousand times a thousand people to the Jordan do I let descend, and I baptized ten thousand times ten thousand souls in the water. Yet one like unto you my hand has yet to take. Now explain to me; how do I baptize you?
Then Manda dHiya spoke to Yohanna: as far as the water, go also, and I want to go with you. Baptizing me with your pure baptism, with which you tend to baptize, and speak about me something of the name, which you to tend to utter. So Yohanna went back down to the water from the dry land, and Manda dHiya went with him.
The radiance of the Manda dHiya was over Jordan and its banks.
The fish opened their mouth from the sea, the birds on the two banks of the cosmic sea. They praised Manda dHiya and spoke to him: Blessed art you, Manda dHiya, blessed be the place from which you came, and praised and strengthened is the great place to which you go.
When the voice of the fish from the sea and the birds from the two banks of the cosmic sea entered into the ear of Yohanna, he knew that it was Manda dHiya who went with him. Then Yohanna spoke to Manda dHiya: You are the one in whose name I baptize with the living baptism. And he asked him: In whose name do you baptize? Whereupon Yohanna answered Manda dHiya: In the name of the one who has been revealed to me, in the name of the predestined, of he who is destined to come, as in the name of the Mana well guarded, who has to reveal himself. Now place upon me now your hand of Truth, your great right hand of healings, and speak over me your names, for I am the planting which you planted. In your name will be strengthened the first and the last.
Eucharist: See Eucharist A., and B., in the Nag Hammadi Library. “, ”Pistis Sophia by Mead….”And Jesus said unto them: “Bring me fire and vine branches.” They brought them unto him. He laid out the offering, and set down two wine-vessels, one on the right and the other on the left of the offering. He disposed the offering before them, and set a cup of water before the wine-vessel on the right and set a cup of wine before the wine-vessel on the left, and laid loaves according to the number of the disciples in the middle between the cups and set a cup of water behind the loaves.”
Jesus explaineth the vision of fire and water, and wine and blood. Jesus,–that is Aberamenthō,–said unto his disciples: “Amēn, I say unto you: I have brought nothing into the world when I came, save this fire, this water, this wine and this blood. I have brought the water and the fire out of the region of the Light of the lights of the Treasury of the Light; and I have brought the wine and the blood out of the region of Barbēlō. And after a little while my father sent me the holy spirit in the type of a dove.
“And the fire, the water and the wine are for the purification of all the sins of the world. The blood on the other hand was for a sign unto me because of the human body which I received in the region of Barbēlō, the great power of the invisible god. The breath on the other hand advanceth towards all souls and leadeth them unto the region of the Light.”
“And for this cause I took also a cup of wine, blessed it and give it unto you and said: ‘This is the blood of the covenant which will be poured out for you for the forgiveness of your sins.” (P.S. Bk. 5.)
Eugnosis: Freely developing (gnosis.)
Eusebius: ( 260-341 A. D.) Eusebius Pamphili, Bishop of Cæsarea in Palestine, known as the “Father of Church History.” Known to have been counsel to Emperor Constantine who converted the Roman Empire to Christianity. Was an anti-Gnostic,who carried on the teachings of Irenaeus, and Hippolytus against heretics. ”At the opening of the Council of Nicæa Eusebius occupied the first seat on the right of the emperor, and delivered the inaugural address which was couched in a strain of thanksgiving to Almighty God on his, the emperor’s behalf.” (New Advent, Catholic Encyc., Online.)
Exegesis: An explanation of a passage, or word. It is related to allegory and translation of scripture.