Playing Poker with Constantine
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(1) .......... Introduction: CPA and GPS (2) ......... The Gnostic Playing Cards (3) .......... A Tabulation of the "Full Decks" for the CPA and the GPS (4) ...........Introduction to "Twisted Histories" and Moebius (5) ...........The "Twisted Histories" of the CPA and the GPS (6) ...........The Nicaean Poker Tournament of 325 CE (Not yet available)
In these articles, by the term "Gnostics", we refer to the authors of the "Gnostic Gospels", or rather the "Gnostic Aces" and "Gnostic Kings" that recent archaeological discoveries are highlighting.
The christians revered their playing cards and their game of poker, as did the gnostics. What does the evidence tell us about these religious books, "the playing cards" and the players of the CPA and the GPS, and the natures of their games of poker in antiquity?
The data columns tabulated are as follows: Column 1: Title of the text linked to an Engish translation of the text itself (where possible) Column 2: Attestation Status according to the Orthodox heresiologists, Column 3: Mainstream Chronology, according to a consensus of contemporary academics Column 4: Alternative chronology proposed by the editor of this table. Column 5: Editorial Comments & Notations, Column 6: Year of discovery, Column 7: Date of earliest manuscript evidence, Column 8: Date of Earliest mention, Column 9: Other collated notes. At the conclusion of the tabulation are some editorial comments. [DRAFT PHASE: March 2011]
Tabulating the FULL DECK of Playing Cards for the CPA and the GPS
|Name of Card
||Description of Card
||#Cards used by CPA
||#Cards used by GPS
||4 Christian Aces|
The Tetrarchy of Aces of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. (Tetrarchy means the "leadership of four".) The Four Aces were such powerful playing cards that a separate ready-reckoner table, called the "Ace Canon Tables". was routinely packed with each pack of CPA cards, and assisted the CPA Poker players in the playing of, and in the order of playing, their aces.
|24 Gnostic Aces|
An Arabic Infancy Ace, The Ace of Bartholomew, The Ace of Gamaliel, The Infancy Ace of James, The Ace of Judas, The Ace of Mary [Magdalene] The Ace of Nicodemus, The Ace of Peter, The Ace of Philip, The Ace of Pseudo-Matthew, The Ace of the Ebionites, The Ace of the Egyptians, The Ace of the Hebrews, The Ace of the Lord [by Marcion], The Ace of the Nativity of Mary, The Ace of the Nazoreans, The Ace of the Twelve Apostles, The Ace of Thomas, The Ace of Thomas - A 5th Century Compilation, The Infancy Ace of Thomas [Greek Text A].
||1 Christian King (of Acts)|
One (Monotheistic) King - being the Acts performed by the Four Aces Holders on behalf of the One King
|29 Gnostic Kings (of Acts) |
The King of Peter, The King of Andrew, The King of Andrew and John , The King of Andrew and Matthew , The King of Barnabas, The King of Bartholomew, The King of John the Theologian, The King of Luke, The King of Mark, The King of Matthew, The King of Paul and Thecla, The King of Peter and Andrew, The King of Peter and Paul, The King of Philip, The King of Pilate, The King of Polyeuctes, The King of Simon and Jude, The King of Thaddaeus, The King of the Martrys, The King of Timothy, The King of Titus, The King of Xanthippe, Polyxena, and Rebecca, The Death of Pilate, The History of John, The History of Joseph the Carpenter, The King of Andrew, The King of John, The King of Paul, The King of Peter, The King of Thomas, The King of Peter and the Twelve Apostles.
||0 Christian Queens ("Sophia")|
The "Feminine Influence" is conspicuously absent from CPA playing cards. For reference to the "Logos" see the "John"; for reference to wisdom sayings, see the The Sermon on the Mount presented within the "Matthew". Be aware that when the poet wrote about the divinity "in whom we live and move and have our being ..."; the Greek poet was talking about Zeus.
|9 Gnostic Queens ("Sophia")|
The "Feminine Influence" is conspicuously present in the GPS playing cards, as is the voice of the "Queen of Wisdom", Sophia.
||Letters / Epistles
||22 Christian Jacks|
"Letters that 'Jack' wrote"
Attributed to the following: Paul (14), Unknown (3), Peter (2), John (3).
|6 Gnostic Jacks|
Some of the letters classified in this section are now regarded as CPA forgeries.
||1 Christian Ten|
10th Heaven Revelation
|12 Gnostic Revelations/Apocalyses
||Nines to Twos
||0 Christian Minor Cards|
Minor cards (treatises) were generally not recognised as playing cards by the CPA, and possessed little or no value in the hand of Poker at CPA Casinos. It was all power play with four aces and the king of the CPA.
|25 Gnostic Minor Cards|
The GPS appear to have used some of these lesser cards extensively.
||Christian Poker Association (CPA)
||Gnostic Poker Systems Inc (GPS)
An introductory primer. DRAFT.
An introductory primer. DRAFT.
The Nicaean Poker Tournament of 325 CE:
Part 01: The Cards |
Part 02: The Players |
Part 03: The Stakes |
Part 04: The Date |
Part 05: The Venue |
Part 06: The Room |
Part 07: The Table |
Part 08: The Dealer |
Part 09: The Shuffle |
Part 10: The Deal |
Part 11: 1st Bet |
Part 12: The Flop |
Part 13: 2nd Bet |
Part 14: The Turn |
Part 15: 3rd Bet |
Part 16: The River |
Part 17: 4th Bet |
Part 18: The Result |
Part 18: The Pay Off |
Part 19: Controversy |
Part 20: Aftermath