If you’ve seen the movie Noah, you might have wondered about where the filmmaker is getting all of that extra-biblical stuff. Adam and Eve as beings of light? The angels imprisoned in matter? Blessings from the skin of the serpent in the garden? Brian Mattson shows that all of this and more–down to the names of the angels and jargon such as “Zohar”–comes from the Jewish gnosticism of the Kabbalah.
The use of the Kabbalah and gnostic texts is so blatant that Dr. Mattson asks how all of the Christian leaders who endorsed the movie could have missed it. He calls on all seminaries to require their graduates to have read Irenaeus’ Against Heresies, since we are, in effect, he says, back to the 2nd century. [Read more…]