Hamarcia: (hamartolos) Meaning to have a fatal flaw, or to be a sinner.

Haptomai: (hapto) Meaning to attach to or set on fire.

Hebdomas: The kingdom of the “Seven”, referring to the spheres of the planets and thus the Archons in the creation myths. Refers to seven ‘types’ in texts like the ”Gospel of Mary.” Considered below the Ogdoad, but is in succession with the sequence of the monad to decad, and is a ‘7th form’ in the Sethian
Monadology. (See also the “Book of Jeu,” and Un-named text in the Bruce Codex, Sethian Monadology. See also; ”The Gospel of Mary,” Ch. 8., ”The Seven Powers of Wrath.” See also; Sabaoth.)

Hegesippus: (110- 180 C.E.) Considered a Palestinian Jew, who later converted to Christianity, but was anti-Gnostic. Under Pope Anicetus (155-166) he undertook a journey to compare Christian teachings in the Roman Empire. He wrote about these assessments in his books called “Memoirs” of which only fragments exist today. He was said to be a poor writer. (New Advent.)

Heimarene: Original Greek means ‘choice.’ Literally “destiny.” Some Gnostics believed hylics are controlled by the spheres of the stars, which represent different base drives. Destiny in this sense does not apply to the Gnostic, who has broken past such connections, in becoming Pleromic through the living
resurrection.

Heracleon: A Valentinean Gnostic Sage, possibly from Sicily, who flourished around 120? A.D. He declared that, ”the orthodox church was dogmatic and like unourishing stagnant water.” Origen and Clement preserved some of his commentary on the ”Gospel of John,” and others of which some fragments still exist. (See; ”Fragments of Heracleon.”) http://www.sacred-texts.com/gno/fff/fff56.htm

Heresy: Used to describe Gnosticism and other secular Christians by the Catholic church. The original Greek meaning is ‘choice.’ Usually established by declaration, but anything not approved by the ‘church’ could be considered heresy. Simon Magus is most often held out as a heretic. Tertullian, accuses him
of using ‘Helen,’ as a ruse, in his work ”The Treatise of The Soul.” Clement of Alexandria regards Marcion and some other ‘Gnostics,’ as heretics. (See; Iranaeus, Simon Magus, See also; Hippolytus, Tertullian.)

Hermeneutics: The science of interpretation, or interpretation theory.

Hermes Trimegistos: Character in ”Asclepius,” and ”Discourse of the 8th and 9th.” (NHL)Regarded as related to the ancient God Hermes. Hermes Trimegistos, is mentioned in several Jewish works as knowing Abraham, and mentioned by Solomon. (See also; ”The Kybalion,” Three Initiates, Inner Traditions, 2004.) See; http://www.gnosis.org/library/hermes2.html in regard to the Hermetic text ”Asclepius,” and compare to the ”Asclepius” text in the Nag Hammadi Library.

Hippolytus: 3rd Century Roman Christian leader who wrote “Philosophoumena,” and other refutations against heresy much directed against Gnosticism. Known to have been associated with Tertullian in standing against some Gnostic beliefs. Hippolytus wrote ”The Refutation of All Heresies,” where in Book 5, he discloses the Sethians, and Naassenes (See ; Iranaeus, See also; ”Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes,” by Gaffney, Inner Traditions, 2004.)

The Martyrdom of Saint Hippolytus

The Martyrdom of Saint Hippolytus

Hylic: “Of matter.” Can be thought of as a level of thinking, dealing with the lowest portion of human nature. It is considered living by instinctual drives with no sublimation. Hylics, choikus, sarkics, etc. are said to be below ‘Psychics’ which are below ‘Gnostokoi,’ the highest order of transcendence
according to Valentinian and other Gnostic teaching. The world of the psychic, is still in the realm of the hylics in most Gnostic scenarios because existence in the earthly state separates one from the pleroma. (See; Psychic, Kenoma. Pleroma.)

Hypishrone: Name (fem.) meaning “high minded one.” Title of Tractate 4, Codex XI, of the Nag Hammadi Lib.

Hypostasis: Means ‘reality’ as in “Hypostasis of the Archons,” Reality of the Rulers.” (See; II.4 of the Nag Hammadi Lib.)

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