"The Dark Twin"
By Dmitry A. Alexeyev, S.-Petersburg.
Probably, the three following below mysterious and confusing passages from the Seventh Codex of the Nag Hammadi Library have to do with the concept of "the dark twin" of the Savior, who has been anointed by the demiurge.
The Second Treatise of the Great Seth VII, 51–52: “I visited a bodily dwelling. I cast out the one who was in it first, and I went in. And the whole multitude of the archons became troubled. And all the matter of the archons as well as all the begotten powers of the earth were shaken when it saw the likeness of the Image, since it was mixed. And I am the one who was in it, not resembling him who was in it first. For he was an earthly man, but I, I am from above the heavens. I did not refuse them even to become a Christ, but I did not reveal myself to them in the love which was coming forth from me. I revealed that I am a stranger to the regions below”;
VII, 55-56: “For my death which they think happened (happened) to them in their error and blindness, since they nailed their man unto their death. For their Ennoias did not see me, for they have deaf and blind. But in doing these things, they condemn themselves. Yes, they saw me; they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on their shoulder. It was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons and the offspring of their error, of their empty glory. And I was laughing at their ignorance”;
The Apocalypse of Peter VII, 82: “For the son of their glory instead of my servant they have put to shame. <…> And they said to me: ‘Be strong, for you are the one to whom these mysteries have been given, to know them through revelation, that he whom they crucified is the first-born, and the home of demons, and the vessel in which they dwell, of Elochim, of the cross which is under the Law. But he who stands near him is the living Savior, the first (part) in him, whom they seized and released, who stands joyfully looking at those who did him violence…”
Cf. also: On the Origin of the World II, 105: “Afterward he created an angelic church – thousands and myriads, without number, (belong to her) – being like a church which is in the eighth. And a first-born called ‘Israel’, i.e. ‘the man who sees god’, and also having another name, ‘Jesus the Christ’, who is like the Savior who is above the eighth, sits at his right upon an excellent throne”, although phrase “and also having another name, ‘Jesus the Christ’”, is, probably, the latest interpolation.
And if we shall remember additionally that even in the context of the New Testament ‘flesh’ (σάρξ) is not only a special case of the substance (υλη), but a negative principle, possessing its own will ("lust" – η επιθυμία τής σαρκός), opposing the will of God; and if we shall also remember the term ‘kingdom of flesh’ from the Gospel of Mary… An interesting mosaic may arise.
These passages I cited implies that the man Joshua from Nazareth (if the mention of Nazareth is not only clumsy interpretation of the nickname Nazorean) was an offspring of Jewish kings, legitimate messiah of Jews and the son of their deity – the Creator and the Lord (δημιουργός & κύριος) of this world. Bringing the conflict to its logical conclusion and forcing the priests of the Creator to crucify His body on the tree (let’s remember that it was not only painful and shameful death penalty, but also a ritual sacrifice, stipulated in the Torah against those who has committed sacral crimes against Yahweh – sacrifice for the sake of the warding a rage of the offended deity from the tribesmen of the defaulter), heavenly Savior Jesus Christ has killed the messiah of Jews.
So, the worldwide conqueror and ruler, who has been sent to establish the lordship of the ‘elected people’ all over the world (later, namely this image was perceived as ‘Antichrist’ by the orthodoxy) was neutralized from the very beginning.
One way or another, this plot is present in many conceptions.
According to the Christian Gnostics, the Savior was incorporeal, but the Jewish messiah was ‘the dark twin’ and, at the same time, the flesh of the Savior; and this concept is fully consistent to the Gnostic understanding of flesh.
According to the orthodoxy, ‘Simon Magus’ became the dark twin. This was a literary personage who has been assigned by heresiologists not only as ‘the founder of Gnosticism’ and all the heresies at all, but namely as ‘the dark twin’ of Christ, who ‘came to Samaria as Father, to Judea as Son, and to the rest of the people as Spirit’ and ‘has died and has not resurrected three days later’. Let’s remember also the history of Helena, who accompanied Simon just like some Mary accompanied Another Thaumaturge of that time.
Nazoreans, the followers of John the Baptist, named the Savior as ‘Manda d’Hayye’, but this term means ‘Knowledge (Gnosis) of Life’, but not an ordinary human name according to our understanding. While, in the sacred books of the Nazoreans, the description of the acts of Manda d’Hayye coincides with the Christ’s description in the Gospels, and ‘churchly Jesus’ Ishu Mshiha, ‘messiah of the forgeries’ (forgeries, but not Jews), is depicted as ‘the dark twin’.
Let’s describe a little more the theology of Nazoreans. ‘Adonai (אדונאי), god of Jews " is equalized in their system with Babylonian deity of the Sun, Shamish. Accordingly, the reflection of the catholic Trinity (and parody on it) is the trinity Adonai (Shamish = the Sun), Ruha d’Kudsha (‘the holy spirit, רוח + קדש; Dlibat = Venus), and Ishu Mshiha (Nbu = Mercury). While we have no any reason to assert that the Mandaean reflection of the image of ‘historical Jesus’ is namely Ishu Mshiha, but not Manda d’Hayye. It is because the image of Ishu reflects late polemics of Nazoreans with the institutional church of the Universal Councils epoch. Characteristically that sometimes Nazorean polemists have used the term ‘Ishu Rumaia’ – ‘Byzantine Man’ instead of ‘Ishu Mshiha’.
Even in the Talmudic tractate Sepher Toldot Ishu (the name is a translation of the initial words from the Gospel of Matthew), Jesus is depicted not only as adulterate (as a parody on the ‘immaculate conception’ doctrine) charlatan and a sorcerer (as a parody on Gospel’s miracles), but namely as unsuccessful messianic candidate, ‘the dark twin’ of Judaic messiah who delays already 2.000 years. Above we have explained fully and clearly why he delays.
Translated from Russian by (copyleft) Alex Moma, 2011.
Original source in Russian see here: