No heretics, but who were the Gnostics?

The page I created today - There were no heresies - should interest my Australian friend, Pete, who has devoted years to developing his argument that Gnostic texts post-date Constantine I and the New Testament. I have already demonstrated how the purported history of this emperor is mythological, belonging to the Christian textual tradition, that the original New Testament is pre-Christian (it mentions no Jesus or Christ), now I have gone a step further.

Many of the texts termed (by Christians) as heretical are also Gnostic:

An Overview of the Nag Hammadi Scriptures

When analyzed according to subject matter, there are six separate major categories of writings collected in the Nag Hammadi codices:
Writings of creative and redemptive mythology, including Gnostic alternative versions of creation and salvation: The Apocryphon of JohnThe Hypostasis of the ArchonsOn the Origin of the WorldThe Apocalypse of AdamThe Paraphrase of Shem.  (For an in-depth discussion of these, see the Archive commentary on Genesis and Gnosis.)
Observations and commentaries on diverse Gnostithemes, such as the nature of reality, the nature of the soul, the relationship of the soul to the world: The Gospel of TruthThe Treatise on the Resurrection; The Tripartite Tractate; Eugnostos the BlessedThe Second Treatise of the Great SethThe Teachings of SilvanusThe Testimony of Truth.
Liturgical and initiatory textsThe Discourse on the Eighth and NinthThe Prayer of ThanksgivingA Valentinian Exposition;The Three Steles of SethThe Prayer of the Apostle Paul. (The Gospel of Philip, listed under the sixth category below, has great relevance here also, for it is in effect a treatise on Gnostic sacramental theology).
Writings dealing primarily with the feminine deific and spiritual principle, particularly with the Divine Sophia: The Thunder, Perfect MindThe Thought of NoreaThe Sophia of Jesus ChristThe Exegesis on the Soul.
Writings pertaining to the lives and experiences of some of the apostlesThe Apocalypse of PeterThe Letter of Peter to PhilipThe Acts of Peter and the Twelve ApostlesThe (First) Apocalypse of JamesThe (Second) Apocalypse of JamesThe Apocalypse of Paul.
Scriptures which contain sayings of Jesus as well as descriptions of incidents in His life: The Dialogue of the Saviour;The Book of Thomas the ContenderThe Apocryphon of JamesThe Gospel of PhilipThe Gospel of Thomas.
My position is that many, probably most, are actually Chrestian, the Greco-Roman cult of imperial Rome, using IC for its divine man, Chrest/Good and the Ptolemaic chi-rho.

One implication for that concerns dating: they could well belong to any time after the the end of the 3rd Jewish-Roman War in 136 CE, when the only Jewish messiah in recorded history led the Jewish army:
The revolt erupted as a result of religious and political tensions in Judaea province. Simon bar Kokhba, the commander of the revolt, was regarded by many Jews as the Messiah, a heroic figure who could restore Israel. Initial rebel victories established an independent state of Israel over parts of Judea for over two years, but a Roman army made up of six full legions with auxiliaries and elements from up to six additional legions finally crushed it.
The Bar Kokhba revolt resulted in genocide and almost complete depopulation of Judea and is considered to have a much more critical impact on Jews and Judaism than the Great Revolt of Judea of 70 CE.
This was when the repaired Qmran was finally abandoned and Judea became Roman Palestine. The Chrestians were then free to write whatever they wanted of James and his followers, and Saul's Church - led by local, Chrestian nobility, was growing across Greece and Asia Minor.

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