The XIII magical papyrus reports a hymn allegedly uttered by Helios to the creator god. Among many secret names of this god Aldabaeim appears, which also recurs on ve magical gems depicting the boat of Serapis over whose head Khepri, the scarab, is overing. Another series of gems depict the scarab with the inscription Ialdathiain. These are variations of the name of the gnostic creator god (I)aldabaoth who was a wicked divine being only in the Christianized gnosis. The meaning of Khepri’s name was “come into being”, “create”, or “to be”, and that of YHWH was similar: “live” or even “to be”, and this fact facilitated the identi cation of those creator gods.

Ialdabaoth's Boat

Mastrocinque
2019-01-01

Abstract

The XIII magical papyrus reports a hymn allegedly uttered by Helios to the creator god. Among many secret names of this god Aldabaeim appears, which also recurs on ve magical gems depicting the boat of Serapis over whose head Khepri, the scarab, is overing. Another series of gems depict the scarab with the inscription Ialdathiain. These are variations of the name of the gnostic creator god (I)aldabaoth who was a wicked divine being only in the Christianized gnosis. The meaning of Khepri’s name was “come into being”, “create”, or “to be”, and that of YHWH was similar: “live” or even “to be”, and this fact facilitated the identi cation of those creator gods.
978-84-7956-191-8
religions of the Roman Empire
Greek Magical Papyri
Magical gems
Ialdabaoth
Khepri
Gnosticism
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