- Jul 24, 2014
I am about to post a long 14 page essay based upon explaining what Basilides meant by Hebdomads and Ogdoads in the paragraph below...
"Thus, from the Hebdomad, the Light--which had already come down from above from the Ogdoad unto the Son of the Hebdomad--descended upon Jesus, son of Mary, and he was illumined, being caught on fire in harmony with the Light that streamed into him. This is the meaning of the saying, 'The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee'--that is to say, that which came from the Sonship through the Limitary Spirit to the Ogdoad and Hebdomad, down as far as Mary [the body]--and 'The Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee'--that is to say, the divine creative power which cometh from the [ætherial] heights (the Pleroma) above through the Demiurge, which power belongeth to the Son." (The Apostle Basilides; source Mead, "Fragments of a Faith Forgotten," NHL Archives.)
Basilides is in short, describing the creation myth that gave Jesus the powers of divinity as the Word of God. This is probably not obvious if you do not know what Aeons like Hebdomads are. The purpose of this essay is to give people a better understanding of the Chrisian Aeonology.