Monday, April 8, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013: G - Gnosis

Gnosis

gno·sis [nōsis] n. - knowledge of spiritual mysteries.

Synonyms: gnosticism

Etymology: "special knowledge of spiritual mysteries," 1703, from Greek gnosis "investigation, knowledge," in Christian writers, "higher knowledge of spiritual things" (see gnostic (adj.)).

41 comments:

Old Kitty said...

I want to write "gnocchi"! Just cos I can! Take care
x

Dani said...

Now this word is very interesting.
Dani @ Entertaining Interests
#warriorminion

Natalie Aguirre said...

Cool word. I didn't have any idea what it meant.

Bhav.Zz said...

Ahh great word..a new one for me definitely.
Thanks

Bhavya from the AtoZ Challenge blogging at Just Another Blog

DayDreamer said...

You've got me googling about this word. I've now learned so much interesting stuff from it.

SA Larsenッ said...

Another cool word and a great idea for a storyline. Ooh....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm going to remember that one!

Melanie Schulz said...

Your words blow my mind-how do you come up with these?

Donna K. Weaver said...

Interesting. Agnostic must be a form, or opposite.

Steve MC said...

Good to gno.

Tina said...

Your series is like the "word a day" calendar I used to have. Totally cool! My goal now is to use your word at least once on the day I learn it.

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

farawayeyes said...

Here's one I didn't know. I mean I've heard of gnostic but never thought about the root word.

Huntress said...

I must be a member of the gnosis club then. Good word to prime the writer-pump.
CD Coffelt ponders at Spirit Called
And critiques at UnicornBell

Nick Wilford said...

I wonder how one goes about attaining that knowledge.

LuAnn Braley said...

I had had a vague idea of what 'gnostic' meant, but it is nice to have a real definition now. Thanks!

mshatch said...

so would you say, "I possess gnosis." ?

Cynthia Reed said...

Love this word and love to be reminded that it exists. Thank you. Stuff to ponder.

I'll enjoy your next words as the month goes along.

Cynthia, writing historical fiction set during the Crimean War.

http://cynthia-reed.blogspot.com/

Nancy Thompson said...

I've never heard of it before, but when you consider agnostic, it makes sense.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Those Greeks and their silent G's! No wonder I can't spell.

Donna Nolan said...

Wow. I had never heard this word, which means I did not know the meaning. But I am now going to find ways to slip it into all my converstaions.

Kristen Dyrr said...

Awesome word! This is one I have to look up to learn more about. Very interesting, thanks!

S. Eva Xavier said...

Nice word!

ps: I'm not seeing my name on the list anymore. Did I somehow get deleted?

Let me know.

Thanks!

http://sevaxavier.blogspot.com/

Andrew Leon said...

I have a copy of the gnostic texts somewhere.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I am just about finished with beta reading your book, good sir. I'll have feedback for you this week. Incredible story and very adult.

Great "G" word.

SC Author said...

Awesome. Googled it too, and I've learned a lot more now!

Cathy said...

Hi! Stopping by from the A-Z. I'm your newest follower, not because of your A-Z theme, but for everything else you normally do here. Very cool idea for a blog!

Lexa Cain said...

That word is kinda odd, huh? Just stick an "a" in front of it, and I guess you have its opposite, and much more well-known, "agnosticism."
Live and learn - thanks! :-)

Susan Kane said...

And here I was proud that I knew a gnu was pronounced "new".

Elise Fallson said...

"I've got three brothers and gnosis."

Ok, that was bad but seriously, I've been staring at this comment box for too long without a clue what to write. So there you go.

Jo said...

Gnostic I know, gnosis is a new one on me even though they are connected.


JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Julia Chiang said...

interesting word....glad you put the pronunciation..... :)

Joe Lunievicz said...

This is the kind of word you have to pronounce like Ga-nosis. It's like pa-neumonia. I couldn't help myself.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You don't actually expect me to say that word, right? :D

DL Hammons said...

So Blognosis is a blog about spiritual mysteries? :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

I have a strange urge to use this word in my WIP now... Hmmm... :)

Sarah said...

Interesting word. Kind of fun to say. xD

Rhonda said...

Interesting new word.

Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
Visiting from AtoZ #41

Joyce Lansky said...

Sounds like an interesting hobby, but at the moment, I "gnosis" nuthin'.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Amy "Lyre" Turner said...

Wow, another great choice. It's another one I hadn't really thought much about.

Thanks!
Lyre at Lyre's Musings

michelle said...

Interesting.
It makes me think of agnosticism as opposed to atheism?
Writer In Transit

Clare McKeown said...

On of my favourite words! Great A to Z challenge inspiration.

Clare http://claremckeown.wordpress.com/category/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge/