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“Irenaeus on Basilides - Latin Text with English translation”

From Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies). Basilides was an influential Gnostic teacher.  The page also gives access to links to translations of several Gnostic texts and critiques of Gnosticism in the writings of the Early Church Fathers.

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Many Irenaeus studies
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A selection below

STUDIES

 

 Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy
(Parvis and Foster)

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 Irenaeus of Lyons
(Eric Osborn)

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 Irenaeus: An Introduction
(Dennis Minns)

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 Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
(John Behr)

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 Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
(Anthony Briggman)

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 One Right Reading?: A Guide to Irenaeus (Theology)
(Mary Ann Donovan)

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 Irenaeus's Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching: A Theological Commentary and Translation
(Iain M. MacKenzie)

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 Of God and Man: Theology as Anthropology from Irenaeus to Athanasius
(M. C. Steenberg)
 

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Irenaeus on Creation: The Cosmic Christ and the Saga of Redemption (Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements)
(M. C. Steenberg)

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TRANSLATIONS

 

 Irenaeus of Lyons (The Early Church Fathers)
(Robert M. Grant)

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 St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies Book 1(Ancient Christian Writers) (v. 1)
(Dominic J. Unger)

 St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies (Book 2) (Ancient Christian Writers)
(Dominic J. Unger)

 St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies (Book 3) (Ancient Christian Writers)
Matthew C. Steenberg

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 On the Apostolic Preaching
(John Behr)

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 16. St. Irenaeus: Proof of the Apostolic Preaching (Ancient Christian Writers)
Joseph P. Smith

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 Irenaeus of Lyons on Baptism and Eucharist: Selected Texts with Introduction, Translation and Annotation (Joint Liturgical Studies)
(David N. Power)

 

Basilides again, that he may appear to have discovered something more sublime and plausible, gives an immense development to his doctrines. He sets forth that Nous was first born of the unborn father, that from him, again, was born Logos, from Logos Phronesis, from Phronesis Sophia and Dynamis, and from Dynamis and Sophia the powers, and principalities, and angels, whom he also calls the first; and that by them the first heaven was made. Then other powers, being formed by emanation from these, created another heaven similar to the first; and in like manner, when others, again, had been formed by emanation from them, corresponding exactly to those above them, these, too, framed another third heaven; and then from this third, in downward order, there was a fourth succession of descendants; and so on, after the same fashion, they declare that more and more principalities and angels were formed, and three hundred and sixty-five heavens. Wherefore the year contains the same number of days in conformity with the number of the heavens.

Those angels who occupy the lowest heaven, that, namely, which is visible to us, formed all the things which are in the world, and made allotments among themselves of the earth and of those nations which are upon it. The chief of them is he who is thought to be the God of the Jews; and inasmuch as he desired to render the other nations subject to his own people, that is, the Jews, all the other princes resisted and opposed him. Wherefore all other nations were at enmity with his nation. But the father without birth and without name, perceiving that they would be destroyed, sent his own first-begotten Nous (he it is who is called Christ) to bestow deliverance on them that believe in him, from the power of those who made the world. He appeared, then, on earth as a man, to the nations of these powers, and wrought miracles. Wherefore he did not himself suffer death, but Simon, a certain man of Cyrene, being compelled, bore the cross in his stead; so that this latter being transfigured by him, that he might be thought to be Jesus, was crucified, through ignorance and error, while Jesus himself received the form of Simon, and, standing by, laughed at them. For since he was an incorporeal power, and the Nous (mind) of the unborn father, he transfigured himself as he pleased, and thus ascended to him who had sent him, deriding them, inasmuch as he could not be laid hold of, and was invisible to all. Those, then, who know these things have been freed from the principalities who formed the world; so that it is not incumbent on us to confess him who was crucified, but him who came in the form of a man, and was thought to be crucified, and was called Jesus, and was sent by the father, that by this dispensation he might destroy the works of the makers of the world. If any one, therefore, he declares, confesses the crucified, that man is still a slave, and under the power of those who formed our bodies; but he who denies him has been freed from these beings, and is acquainted with the dispensation of the unborn father.

Salvation belongs to the soul alone, for the body is by nature subject to corruption. He declares, too, that the prophecies were derived from those powers who were the makers of the world, but the law was specially given by their chief, who led the people out of the land of Egypt. He attaches no importance to [the question regarding] meats offered in sacrifice to idols, thinks them of no consequence, and makes use of them without any hesitation; he holds also the use of other things, and the practice of every kind of lust, a matter of perfect indifference.

 



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Irenaeus - Against Heretics - book 1, chapter 19
Irenaeus Adversus Haereses - book book 1, chapter 19
Harvey Latin Text
Migne Greek Text
Patrologiae Graecae Cursus Completus
Patrologia Graeca

 

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