Basilides was an early Gnostic religious teacher in Alexandria, Egypt who claimed to have inherited his teachings from Matthew.
He is believed to have written over two dozen books of commentary on the Christian Gospel (now all lost) entitled Exegetica, making him one of the earliest Gospel commentators. Only fragments of his works are preserved that supplement the knowledge furnished by his opponents.
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Year Written: (Assumed)120-140 AD
Scripture Type:Gnostic Authors
Gnosticism is a modern term categorizing a collection of pre-Christian ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world which they viewed as created by the demiurge; and instead embraced the spiritual world. Gnostic Authors are the writers of Gnostic texts and works.
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