Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Basilid’ians.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A sect of Gnostic heretics, followers of Basilds, an Alexandrian Gnostic, who taught that from the unborn Father “Mind” was begotten; from Mind proceeded “The Word”; from the Word or Logos proceeded “Understanding”; from Understanding “Wisdom” and “Power”; from Wisdom and Power “Excellencies,” “Princes,” and “Angels,” the agents which created heaven. Next to these high mightinesses come 365 celestial beings, the chief of whom is Abraxas (q.v.), and each of whom has his special heaven. What we call Christ is what the Basilidians term The first-begotten “Mind.”   1



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