Wisdom: In Hebrew, ‘Chockmah,’ see also; Sophia. Meaning Understanding, discernment, enlightenment, erudition, insight, intelligence, judgment, learning, sense. To be wise, ”having intelligence and knowledge.” (See Harper Collins, ”Dictionary, and Thesaurus,” 2003.) ”…the personified Wisdom of the ”Old Testament wisdom literature developed into the Gnostic redeemer myth, especially as it identified Jesus with that redeemer, and thus understood Jesus as bringer of the secret redemptive gnosis or logoi.” (pg. 31) ” Wisdom is not only the mediatrix of creation but also of salvation, and cosmology and soteriology are related to one another in the myth of Wisdom.” (pg. 105) (James Robinson on ”The Gospel of Thomas, ”The Gospel of Thomas, and Christian Wisdom, 2nd, Davies, Bardic Press, 2005.) Dr. Stevan Davies’ (“Gospel of Thomas, and Christian Wisdom” ) relates Wisdom to Solomon traditions and contained therein on the nature of Wisdom is its ‘ordering value.’ These descriptions are of great philosophical value to the idea of natural organization in formal study. They pertain to the way all lexicons are formed and this kind of organization is present in philosophy, as well as science. As to Pseudo Solomon…. “This presents a series of ideas on Wisdom. “Included are Wisdom’s creative and ordering power, her presence in the world in all human beings, and in the world through all her permeation of all things, and her arrival as spirit to those who call upon her.” (Ibid., pages 52-4) “By the time of the writing of the Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom is not only seen to be active at Creation, it is said to permeate all the world, organizing and underlying all ordered phenomena.” (Ibid. p. 54.)

Personification of wisdom (in Greek, Σοφία or Sophia) at the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey.

Personification of wisdom (in Greek, "Σοφία" or "Sophia") at the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey.

Word: A spoken or written symbol of an idea, (Pei-Gaynor). Synonymous with Tao, and Logos. First ‘type’ of the Sacred Tetrad, Word, Man, Life, Truth, (”A Valentinian Exposition.”) “The law of God is perfect, converting souls.” The Saviour Himself is called Law and Word, as Peter in “the Preaching,” and the prophet: “Out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Theodotus.) ”For he too is called “father” and ”god” and “demiurge” and “king” and “judge” and “place” and “dwelling” and “law.” (”Tripartite Tractate.”) ( See also; Wisdom, Sophia, Enlightenment, Ennoia, Paraclete.) Yaldabaoth: (Yaltabaoth, Ialdabaoth, Jaldabaoth, ‘yalda baoth’) From the Aramaic language, meaning “begetter of the Heavens”. A name corresponding to the Demiurge meaning Child-lord. The chief Archon, according to the ”Apocryphon of John.” (”Jung and the Lost Gospels,” Hoeller, Quest, 1994, p. 141.) Also equated with Saklas, and Samael. (”Trimorphic Protennoia.”)

A first century image of Ialdabaoth

A first century image of Ialdabaoth

Youel: A male virgin referred to in ”The Gospel of the Egyptians,” ”Zostrianos,” and ”Allogenes.” Zeus: Greek God of Thunder and Sky. ”Beginning around 700 B.C., stories by Homer and other Greek poets described the lives of powerful gods who involved themselves in human affairs. Supreme among these gods was Zeus, who inherited the heavens and earth after overthrowing his father, Cronus. Zeus ruled from Mt. Olympus, rewarding good and punishing evil (his most famous weapon was a thunderbolt) and manipulating human lives just to satisfy his own whims. He also liked the ladies, frequently dropping to earth for amorous adventures with nymphs and mortals. This was often a source of conflict with his wife, the powerful goddess Hera. http://www.who2.com/zeus.html Mentioned in the 5th and 6th book of ”The Pistis Sophia.”

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Phidias created the 12 m (40 ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Phidias created the 12 m (40 ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving

Zodiac: Means ‘circle of life’ and refers to the study of astrological signs and predictions due to the position of the planets, stars, and constellations. (See; Kyklos.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac

This 6th century mosaic pavement in a synagogue incorporates Greek-Byzantine elements, Beit Alpha, Israel

Wheel of the zodiac: This 6th century mosaic pavement in a synagogue incorporates Greek-Byzantine elements, Beit Alpha, Israel

Zoe: Means “Life,” and is usually equated with “Eve” which means the same thing in “On the Origin of the World,” and “Reality of the Rulers.” Zoe Pistis, means Life-Faith. (See; ”Pistis Sophia.”) ”They fashioned Adam and his wife Eve, who is also called in the cloud, Zoe. For by this name all generations seek the man, and each of them calls the womn by these names.” (”Gospel of Judas.”) Zoroastor: (Zoroaster) was a priest who lived c.630 – 550 B.C. He wrote down the tenets of Zoroastrianism in the Avesta. Zoroastrianism was established as the state religion of Persia in c.226 BC. The book of Zoroastor is mentioned in the ”Apocryphon of John.”

Zoroaster; portrayed here in a popular Parsi Zoroastrian depiction. This image emerged in the eighteenth century.

Zoroaster; portrayed here in a popular Parsi Zoroastrian depiction. This image emerged in the eighteenth century.

http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Post/552217 See also; ”Zostrianos,” NHL. See also; http://www.avesta.org/ See also; ”Oracles of Zoroastor.” http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/coz/index.htm Zostrianos: Sethian character of the writing in Tractate 1, Codex VIII. of the Nag Hammadi Lib. The text seems to reflect Zoroastrian (Zarathustra) philosophy in regard to Gnosis. The text is a creation myth. ( See also; ”History of Magic, and the Occult, by Seligmann, Gramercy, 1997.) For a list of other glossaries of religious terms see; http://www.religioustolerance.org/glossary.htm http://www.essenes.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=751&Itemid=1062 http://www.essenes.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=750&Itemid=1070 http://www.essenes.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=752&Itemid=1073 http://www.essenes.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=753&Itemid=1072 http://www.avesta.org/zglos.html

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