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(2nd cent.),

Syrian Gnostic. He held that the origin of things was to be sought in a Father unknown to all, who created a series of angels and other supernatural beings who in turn created human beings. Humans were powerless entities who wriggled on the ground until a Divine spark set them on their feet. The God of the Jews was one of the creator angels, and the Supreme Father sent the Saviour to destroy this God and to redeem such as were endowed with the Divine spark.

Subjects: Christianity.

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