What can we say about the Ophites?

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Re: What can we say about the Ophites?

Post by Giuseppe » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:39 pm

There decisively more continuity between the Ophites and the Cathars than a continuity between the early Christians and the Ophites.

It is well in evidence the fact that the also for the Cathars 'cursing Jesus' (obviously, the flesh-and-blood Jesus of the Catholic tradition) was a kind of group marker.
The Albanists would have said secretly: “That doesn't help me who said: 'My soul is sad until to death' (Matthew 26:38)”. He is the son of the evil god who quotes the Psam 42,5, when he was crucified in the other world.
(Jean Duvernoy, La religione dei Catari, my translation and my bold)
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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