Other Gospels

The Gospels of the Nazoreans, the Ebionites, and the Egyptians


A fascinating tale of a non-martyr heroine


Plotinus, a neo-Platonic philospher, provides in these excerpts a view of the origin of the cosmos, and of the return of humans to their origin.

Some Legislation on Jews

A brief collection of legislation by Christian Emperors on the Jews.

Simon Magus

The figure of Simon, known from Acts of the Apostles, is made into the first of the heresies by Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, writing at the end of the second century CE.

Justin Martyr

One of the first Christian theologians, writing in the mid second century CE.

Origen "On FIrst Principles"

Origen, the first greata systematic theologian, sets forth his method, and discusses some topics which would later have him condemned as a heretic

Hymn of the Pearl

This beautiful hymn, found in the Acts of Thomas, reveals classic folktale form, but with motifs which could be considered 'gnostic.'

Odes of Solomon

A lovely collecton of early Christian hymns, written in Syriac, from the second (?) century

Life of Anthony

One of the earliest saints' lives, which was to have tremendous influence.

Man of God

A fascinating holy man text from 5th century CE