– Terms – Gnostics
- The term
"Gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means
"knowledge" in Greek.
- Gnostics are
branch of Christians who believed that they were privileged to a secret
knowledge about the divine.
were one of two major factions of the early Christianity beside Roman
- They were
centered in Egypt in the city of Alexandria.
- They had
great influence throughout North Africa.
- In spite
of the repression of the Gnostic Christians by Roman Christians, Christianity
continued to flourish throughout
until the arrival of Islam in the seventh century C.E.