Gospel of Basilides

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The Gospel of Basilides is a "lost" text from the New Testament apocrypha by Basilides, mentioned by Origen,[1] Jerome, Ambrose,[2] Philip of Side, and the Venerable Bede.[3] It was composed in Egypt around 120 to 140 AD. In all likelihood, this gospel was compiled of canonical gospels, the text being shortened and altered to suit Basilides's Gnostic tenets, a diatessaron, or harmony, on Gnostic (Docetic) lines.[4]


  1. ^ Homilies on Luke 1.1
  2. ^ Expositio, Euangelii, Lucae i.2
  3. ^ In Lucae Euangelium Expositio I
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Basilides". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.