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In existographies, Irenaeus (c.130-202) (Cattell 1000:931) (CR:7) was a Greek theologian, noted for []


In 180, Irenaeus produced a five-volume Against Heresies, wherein he presented some of the taboo views about the early formation of the Roman recension of the Christian religion.

The Greek Diogenes of Apollonia, e.g., was labeled an “atheist”, by Irenaeus, per his materialistic account of the world.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on or related to Irenaeus:

“The body of Jesus was an animal one. On account of this, at his baptism the holy spirit as a dove came down – that is, the logos of the mother above, i.e. Sophia – and became a voice to the animal man, and raised him from the dead.”
— Hippolytus (c.225), Refutation of All Heresies (§6.30) (pg. 237); summary of the views of the Italians Heracleon (c.175AD) and Ptolemaeus (c.150AD) (Ѻ)(Ѻ)(Ѻ)(Ѻ)(Ѻ), the latter known to Irenaeus (Ѻ), Tertullian, Epiphanius, and Theodore; see: silent historians problem
“The earliest doctors of Christianity had no other idea of the soul that that it was material. Tertullian, Arnobius, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Saint Justin, Irenaeus, have never spoken of it other than as a corporeal substance. It was reserved for their successor, at a great distance of time, to make the human soul, and the soul of the world, pure spirits; that is to say, immaterial substances.”
Baron Holbach (1770), The System of Nature (pgs. 50-51)
“In 125AD, Irenaeus said ‘there was a multitude of gospels’ in his day. Those that came down to us are but the ones the priesthood needed for its purpose, the rest it destroyed.”
— Lloyd Graham (1975), Deceptions and Myths of the Bible (pg. 2) [1]

Quotes | By

Image that illustrates Irenaeus' 888 isopsephy decoding of Jesus in terms of the Greek alphabet.[2]

The following are quotes by Irenaeus:

“Now Jesus possesses this ineffable generation. From the mother of all things, that is, the first Tetrad [4], there came forth a second Tetrad [4], after the manner of a daughter; and thus an Ogdoad [8] was formed, from which, again, a Decad [10] proceeded: thus was joined a Decad and an Ogdoad. The Decad then, being joined with the Ogdoad, and multiplying it ten times, gave rise to the number eighty [88]; and again, multiplying eighty ten times, produced the number eight hundred [800]. Thus, then, the whole number of letters proceeding from the Ogdoad [multiplied] into the Decad, is eight hundred and eighty-eight [888]. This is the name of Jesus; for this name, if you reckon up the numerical value of the letters, amounts to eight hundred and eighty-eight [Jesus, Ιησους (Iseous) = 888]. Wherefore, also, the alphabet of the Greeks contains eight Monads [1s], eight Decads [10s], and eight Hecatads [100s], which present the number eight hundred and eighty-eight [888], i.e. Jesus, who is formed of all numbers; and on this account he is called Alpha [α] and Omega [ω], indicating his origin from all.”
— Irenaeus (c.180), Against Heresies, Volume One (pg. 15) [3]


  1. Graham, Lloyd M. (1975). Deceptions and Myths of the Bible. Citadel Press Book.
  2. Barry, Kieren. (1999). The Greek Qabalah: Alphabetic Mysticism and Numerology in the Ancient World (pdf) (Harpocrates image (on gem), pg. 67). Publisher.
  3. (a) Irenaeus. (c.180). Against Heresies, Volume One (pg. 15). Publisher.
    (b) Hippolytus. (c.220). Refutation of All Heresies, Volume One (pg. 45). Publisher.
    (c) MacMahon, J.H. (1921). Philosopheumena. Publisher.
    (d) Barry, Kieren. (1999). The Greek Qabalah: Alphabetic Mysticism and Numerology in the Ancient World (pdf) (Irenaeus quote, pg. 66-67; Harpocrates, pg. 67). Publisher.

Further reading

  • Irenaeus. (c.180). The Writings of Irenaeus, Volume One (translators: Alexander Robergs and W.H. Rambaut) (§14: The Various Hypotheses of Marcus and Others; Theories respecting the letters and Syllables, pgs. 56-63; §15: Siege relates to Marcus the generation of the 24-elements of Jesus, pgs. 64-68; Jesus = 888,  pg. 65). Clark, 1868.

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