Ecclesia Gnostica .. Had the pleroma a being, Abraxas would be its manifestation. Wherefore do they appear to us more effective than indefinite Abraxas. At the bottom of it there is the dark Abraxas, the source and origin of everything. Jung says: “he represents the dominus mundi, the Lord of this physical world. 24, ), the Gnostic Basilides (died about ) gave the name of Abraxas to the . Numele Abraxas este asociat k fiozofia pagana si cea gnostica see you.
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A term of Gnostic magic, of uncertain etymology. In a magic papyrus it is expressly stated that Abraxas is equivalent tothe number gnosrico days in the year Wessely, “Neue Zauberpapyri,” p.
He claims it is a compound of Abrck and saxmeaning “the holy Word,” “the blessed Name.
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Other etymologies and a summary of all investigations in the matter are given by Matter in his “Histoire Critique du Gnosticisme,” German trans. Geiger suggested a derivation for Abraxas from the Hebrew ha-berakah “the blessing” ; this is approved by King, “Gnostics,” p.
As has been shown by Schmidt “Gnostische Schriften in Kopt. Abraaxs Barbelo and other similar names mentioned by Priscillian, Abrasax represented a demiurge, a divine potency elevated by some heretic sect to the position of a god.
Abraxas-gems are engraved stones of varying material and form upon which this word appears, either alone or with other names of God, and in connection with mystic figures and groups of letters. The most frequently encountered Abraxas figure is a human form with a fowl’s head and the extremities of a serpent, carrying in the one hand a shield and in the other a whip.
These Abraxas-stones, especially those which from their material are used for superstitious practises, are also of interest from the standpoint of Judaism, inasmuch as they often bear Hebraic names of God: Iao, Sabaoth, Adonai, Eloai.
Beside an Abraxas figure the following, for instance, is found: Baudissin, “Studien zur Semitischen Religionsgeschichte,” i. All abraxxas stones are used as amulets, and they furnish indisputable evidence of Jewish influence over the views of heathen nations of antiquity.
The magic papyri reflect the same ideas as the Abraxas-gems.
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The following example will suffice: Abrasax” Wessely, “Neue Zauberpapyri,” p. In the group “Iakoubia, Iaosabaoth Adonai Abrasax” ibid. The patriarchs are sometimes addressed as deities; for which fact many instances may be adduced.
abraxaw The magic word “Ablanathanalba,” which reads in Greek the same backward as forward, also occurs in the Abraxas-stones as well as in the magic papyri. This word is usually conceded to be derived from the Hebrew. Aramaicmeaning “Thou art our father”and also occurs in connection with Abraxas; the following inscription is found upon a eo plate in the Carlsruhe Museum:.
It is evident that the last two lines ought to be read Ablanathanalba, which Baudissin l. From the examples adduced it is evident that Abraxas probably means “holy name,” seeing that it is often attached to divine appellations. It does not seem to be of Hebrew origin, as there is no possible derivation or etymology for it a fact which in itself would be remarkable in view of the unchanged adoption of the names Sbraxas, Sabaoth, Eloe, and Iaonor has it maintained itself in Jewish lore, while abraaxs of God play as important a part in Jewish mysticism as they do in Gnostic-heathen-Jewish magic, the most important testimonies to which are the magic papyri.
There is not a single reliable instance of or occurring in Hebrew.
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As the older and much more frequent form of the word is Abrasax, this emendation is certainly a hazardous one. Ludwig BlauKaufmann Kohler. Aramaicmeaning “Thou art our father”and also occurs in connection with Abraxas; the following inscription is found upon a metal plate in the Carlsruhe Museum: Abraxas Gnostic Gem, Obverse and Reverse.
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