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A Dictionary of Gnosticism by Smith Andrew Phillip

A Dictionary of Gnosticism by Smith Andrew Phillip

Author:Smith, Andrew Phillip
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: General Fiction
Publisher: Quest Books
Published: 2014-03-17T04:00:00+00:00


Kabbalah: (lit. “receiving”) Esoteric teaching of Judaism, based on interpretation of the *Torah and the Hebrew alphabet. Central to Kabbalistic learning is the *Tree of Life diagram, which represents *God in the external universe and the possible inner experience of humanity. A number of scholars, including Gershom Scholem, the most distinguished twentieth-century authority on the Kabbalah, see its origins in the effect of Gnostic thought on Judaism in the first centuries AD.

Kalila/Galila: In the *Secret Book of John, one of the *archons appointed over the other archons responsible for creating the human body.

Kalila-Oumbri: In the *Secret Book of John, an *archon of the seven heavens, created by *Yaldabaoth and associated with Mercury.

Kalypso: See *Calypso.

Kalyptos: In *Sethian Gnosticism, a name for the triple-male *Barbelo; who is called a hidden one, a world of knowledge.

Kandephoros: In the *Three Steles of Seth, a name associated with the supreme Preexistent One.

Kanna: (*Mandaean, “place,” “home”) Often the home of the *soul.

Karkamenos: An angel of *Eden in *Justin’s *Baruch.

Karneois: A God worshipped in the *Andanian mysteries, often equated with Apollo.

Kartir/Kerder: Head of the Magi of Babylon in the reign of *Bahram I who became a deadly opponent of *Mani and his teaching, resulting in Mani’s death.

Kaulakau, Saulasau, Zeesar: A *magic phrase, words of power, in the *Naasene Sermon, deriving from the Hebrew of Isaiah 28:10, 13, roughly “precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

kavannah: (Hebrew, “concentration”) A term used for Kabbalistic prayers, meditation techniques, and attention exercises.

Kavithan: An angel of *Eden in *Justin’s *Baruch.

kenoma: (Greek, “emptiness”) The material world or world of phenomena; emptiness as opposed to the fullness of the *pleroma; the spiritual realm.

kenosis: (from Greek, “emptiness”) The emptying out of oneself in order to receive *God. Also refers to *Christ’s emptying of himself in order to take on human form, as in *Philippians 2:5–8.

Kephalaia: (Greek, “Headings of Wisdom)” An important collection of *Mani’s teachings that survives in *Coptic.

Kephallenix: Island in the Adriatic Sea where *Carpocrates’ wife, *Alexandria, came from and where a temple to their son *Epiphanes was erected.

Kerygma Petri: See *Preaching of Peter.

Keter (also Kether): Crown, the first *sefirah of the *Tree of Life in *Kabbalah, considered coeternal with *En Sof; also known as *Ratson (Will) and *Ayin (Nothingness).

Ketzer: German word for a *heretic, derived from “*Cathar.”

King of Glory: In *Manichaeanism, one of the five sons of the *Living Spirit.

Kingdom: One of seven powers created by *Yaldabaoth in the *Secret Book of John and paired with the *archon *Sabaoth; creator of the soul of blood.

Knesion: Helper from the seven virgins of the light in the *Books of Jeu.

Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem: See *Hospitalers.

Knyx: In the *Secret Book of John, an angel who created the right shin.

Koade: In the *Secret Book of John, an angel who animated the right shoulder joint.

Koine: (Greek, “common”) The common Greek language that developed throughout the Hellenistic Mediterranean world following the conquests of Alexander the Great in the late fourth century BC. Koine Greek had lost


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