Basilides

Basilides (Basili`des) , a Gnostic of Alexandria, flourished at the commencement of the 2nd century; appears to have taught the Oriental theory of emanations, to have construed the universe as made up of a series of worlds, some 365 it is alleged, each a degree lower than the preceding, till we come to our own world, the lowest and farthest off from the parent source of the series, of which the God of the Jews was the ruler, and to have regarded Jesus as sent into it direct from the parent source to redeem it from the materialism to which the God of the Jews, as Creator and Lord of the material universe, had subjected it; which teaching a sect called after his name accepted and propagated in both the East and the West for more than two centuries afterwards.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Basilicon Doron * Bas`ilisk
Ba`shan
Bashahr
Bashi-Bazouks`
Bashkirs
Bashkirtseff, Marie
Basil, St., The Great
Basil I.
Basilica
Basilica
Basilicon Doron
Basili`des
Bas`ilisk
Baskerville, John
Basnages, Jacques
Basoche
Basque Provinces
Basque Roads
Basques
Bas-relief
Bass Rock
Bass Strait