Johannite Church

Johannite Church

The Johannite Church, properly known by its full name, l'Église Johannite des Chrétiens Primitifs (The Johannite Church of Primitive Christians), is a Gnostic Christian denomination founded by the French priest Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat in 1804.[1][2][3] The Johannite Church received its full name in 1828 after Fabré-Palaprat's claimed discovery of the Levitikon gospels.[4] It is "Johannite" because it claims a continuity with the primitive ("Johannine") Christianity of the saints John the Baptist and John the Apostle, and the Christian scriptures attributed to John.

Apostolic Johannite Church

Apostolic Johannite Church
Abbreviation AJC
Type Gnosticism
Scripture Old and New Testament, Nag Hammadi Library, Corpus Hermeticum, Other Gnostic Writings
Founder James Foster
Origin 2000
Congregations 18

The Apostolic Johannite Church was founded in 2000 by James Foster, claiming to be part of the Johannite church founded by Fabré-Palaprat; it now reports multiple locations in the United States, Canada, Spain and Australia. Foster claimed that the Baphomet of the Knights Templar was in fact the severed head of John the Baptist.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "The Gnostics: History, Tradition, Scriptures, Influence" by Andrew Phillip Smith, Watkins, 2008 ISBN 1-905857-78-0
  2. ^
  3. ^ Google Books
  4. ^ Rev. Donald Donato, The Lévitikon: The Gospels According to The Primitive Church (Apostolic Johannite Church, 2010). ISBN 1-894981-99-5
  5. ^ Mark Amaru Pinkham, "The Templars and the Vatican: The Forbidden Johannite Heresy", in J. Douglas Kenyon (editor), Forbidden Religion: Suppressed Heresies of the West, page 65 (Bear & company, 2006). ISBN 978-1-59143-991-2

External links

  • Levitikon on Gallica website
  • The Apostolic Johannite Church
  • What is Gnosticism?