December 21, 2007

Origen says that the Ophite demiurge had the face of a lion and was connected with Saturn, and this has led some scholars to conclude that Jaldabaoth was a combination of Baal and Kronos. John of Damascus says that the Phoenicians held Kronos to be a kind of demiurge, and because Saturday was the day of Yahweh and the day of Saturn, the two were welded together. Given the syncretism that plagued Israel throughout much of her history, it’s not surprising that the result could be Ophite or gnostic.

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