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Treasures in the Heavens I g^ is a natural one. "The treasures of the wise men of old are the books they have left us/' Xenophon, Memorab., I, vi, 14. 66We have given some examples in "Christian Envy of the Temple/' Jewish Quarterly Review, 50 (1959), 97ff-; reprinted in When the Lights Went Out (Salt Lake City: Deseret, 1970), 54ft. 67J. B. Frey, in Biblica, 13 (1932), 164. 68For the first formula, M. R. James, Biblical Antiquities of Philo, 56, 44. Luther called the second "locus vexatissimus/' and indeed it "makes impossible a spiritual interpretation" of the kerygma, M. H. Scharlemann, in Concordia Theological Monthly, 27 (1956), 86, 89. 69Quotation from J. Frankowski, in Verbum Domini, 43 (1965), 149. See also below, notes 91, 96, 97. 70Pistis Sophia, 185,186,189; on the basic materials, id. 247-48. 71In the Genesis Apocryphon, 11:4, Abraham and Sarah swear by "the King of all the Worlds," (cf. the common Moslem expressions); God made the "worlds," Od. Sal., 10; xvi:i6; xii:4, 8; all the worlds worship the Sent One as "Illuminator of their worlds," ib., xii:i2; so Psalms of Thomas, viii:i3, 6ff; The 1012 Questions, 112; "other worlds" have been going on forever, Gospel of Philip, io6:i8f. God "arranged all the kosmois in his glory," Apocryphon of John, xxi-xxii; the worlds assemble before him, Psalms of Thomas, viii:i3. The angel who came to Isaiah was "of another firmament an another world," Ascension of Isaiah, vi:i3. The Adversary opposed the plan of God "to create another world" and put Adam in charge, Secrets of Enoch, xxi:3. A Logion depicts the saints hereafter moving freely through space among the spheres, Logia et agrapha, No. 127, in Migne, P.O., XIX: 547; cf. 7/ Baruch, xlviii:g. The Father is in the worlds (kosmois) and the Son is first and highest among those worlds (en toisde tois kosmois) according to an early Liturgy, in Migne, P.O., XVIII :445f., 448. Each heaven is completely equipped with thrones, dwellings, temples, etc., and there are many such heavens, Creation Apocryphon, I5o:i8ff., 23-25. The Archon Jaldaboth created beautiful heavens for his sons, ib., 150 :gf.; Hypostasis of the Archons, 144:5-10, furnished with stolen materials, above, note 39. 72Ascension of Isaiah, x:i2; Creation Apocryphon, 148:29^ Ginza, 80, they say, "There is only one world—ours!" 73Od. Sal., xii:3,10; xvi:i4-i6; Gospel of Truth, fol. XlVr, 11-16; Apocryphon of John,xxvi:2f.; xxi:iff.; / Enoch, ii:i, 4; xliii:i; II Baruch, xlviii:9; Epist. I Clement., xx. When God created this world, all the other worlds rejoiced together, 2nd Gnostic Work, 47a. The worlds borrow light from each other and exchange all they know, Ginza, 10-11; they form a single lively community, Mand. Prayerbook, No. 379, 303, 298-99, all the mysteries being "shared out amongst the worlds of light," The 1012 Questions, 112, 164. In a pinch the "Treasures" help each other out, Psalms of Thomas, xii:25. 74Quotation is from the Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 59, 207. So also Od. Sal., xii:4-9; The 1012 Questions, 213; Mand. Prayerbook, No. 379, 296. This seems to be an Eastern tradition, the others being more concerned with emissaries and messenger; see the following notes. 752nd Gnostic Work, 45a. Cf. Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 23, 66. On his visits each world implores him to stay, "and be our King and bring peace to our city!" (I.e., Ginza, 258)—i.e. it is a true Parousia, Psalms of Thomas, viii:i-i3f.; cf. John x:i6. 76Two hundred angels act as interplanetary messengers, Secrets of Enoch, iv:i. The business of the angels is to coordinate the working of the central plan among the worlds, F. Dieterici, Thier und Mensch vor dem Konig der Genien (Leipzig, 1881), 78f. The heavenly bodies receive commands from a single center, M. R. James, Biblical Antiquities of Philo, 43, the highest heaven being the "indispensable exchange-center between the spheres," K. Koch, in Zeitschr. f. Theol. u. Kirche, 62 (1965), 275; the affairs of "the incomprehensible expanse of the structure of heaven," are directed from a command-post in the center, Creation Apocryphon, 146:15-20. The rulers dispatch "letters from world to world and reveal the truth to each other, and there are some souls that travel like an arrow and cleave through all the worlds," The 1012 Questions, 192, cf. 164. Adakas "is a 'go-between' between the worlds/' E. S. Drower, Mand. Prayerbook, 293, and Manda d-Haiai, called "the Capable" by his brother 'uthras, is called "to regulate and to station the 'uthras in their places" among the words, ib., 294. In the beginning of the Apocalypse of Paul, i:if., Paul is ordered "to go down and speak to the planet earth," (le 'alma dearga). Visitors to celestial regions in the various Testaments (Abraham, Isaac, Isaiah, the XII Patriarchs, Adam, etc.) report a traffic of chariots in the spaces, e.g., I Enoch, lxxv:8. By whatever means, they circulate ceaselessly among the worlds with marvellous ease, Ginza, 13, 42. The Mandaean faithful are urged to "be informed about all worlds" as far as possible, 1012 Questions, 289. The worlds of darkness also communicate, but on another level, Berlin Manich. Hs. I, 32.