please note that in the Gospel of Judas it was said: 'In verse 35 Judas tells Jesus that, “You are from the immortal realm of Barbelo.”'
In Sethiam gnostics it was said: "The first quarter of the second century must have seen the development of a theogonical account of the successive begettings of the tried Father-Mother-Son conceived as the Invisible Spirit, Barbelo, and their Son."
Now Eisenmann does not see Barbelo as an 'Invisible Spirit.' Rather belo is beliar in the Qumran texts a devil, rather than an invisible spirit.
It seems that the egyptian gnostics were attempting to pull all the strains of 1st cent thought together rather than alienating anyone. Hmm, that is a tough task, not alienating anyone, that is!
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