The Label Of Gnostic Gospel

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The label "Gnostic gospel" was used for the revelation dialogues between Jesus and his disciples, which form a prominent group of Gnostic writings. Titles of the form "gospel according to ..." became attached to the canonical Gospels in order to distinguish another writing in a collection; this was a development in the mid to late second century. In addition, when copying collections of writings, scribes had to assign titles to individual Gnostic works. Based on how rarely "gospel" appears as a title, one would have to conclude that Gnostics had little interest in the specification. Gnosticism is a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world from a higher, more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ. It is a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world. The term "gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means "knowledge" in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were secluded to a secret knowledge about the divine. The known facts of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels differ from the known facts of Jesus of the Gnostic Gospels. The Synoptic gospels demonstrate obliviousness to Jesus’ divine being. There is not one scripture in the three books of Matthew, Mark, or Luke in which it is taught or implied that Jesus was God in the flesh. Every passage in these books reflect the same understanding about the nature of Jesus; that he was the son of God, not God the Son, and He was the anointed…
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