We also have the gnostic Gospels, discovered in 1947 and adding a wealth of insights into early Christian thinking.
The name gnostic originally attached to schools which had so named themselves.
He who is conversant with all kinds of wisdom will be pre-eminently a gnostic.
We hear frequently of gnostic prophets and prophetesses, see my notes on Herm.
The spread and influence of the gnostic sects was notoriously wide.
The heresies against which Ignatius contends imply the rise of the later gnostic and Docetic sects.
And here the gnostic interest was at hand with an opportune idea.
Here this gnostic doctrine of Persian origin took the form of a Christian heresy.
The gnostic recast Lipsius dates about the middle of the 3rd century.
The letters relate to the condemnation of certain gnostic views.
1580s, "believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge," from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos "knowing, able to discern," from gnostos "knowable," from gignoskein "to learn, to come to know" (see know). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy.