Iao Sabaoth

Iao Sabaoth is Greek, derived from the Hebrew “YHVH Tzaviot,” usually translated “Lord of Hosts,” a name of God in the Old Testament. In modern biblical translations, it is often rendered as “Commander of armies.”

The name Iao Sabaoth is also applied together or named separately as Gnostic archons; the Gnostic Iao is associated with both Abraxas and the seven headed dragon; he is sometimes referred to as the “Father of Lies.”

“Holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth, hosanna in the highest, the Blessed.”

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Vidal C April 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Hello how can Iao Sabaoth – the god of armies, i.e. the jewish Yawheh – be associated with Abraxas a gnostic symbol of the good God, removed from the material world considered evil by the gnostics ? The lord of lies is the other name given by gnostics to the demiurge: Yahweh. So there is no association possible, but an opposition.

Jennifer February 5, 2019 at 10:27 pm

So one might think, but they did associate them nonetheless. Consider one an extension of the other.

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