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The Gnostic Scriptures: History, Theology, and the Sacred Feminine [Paperback]

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Sophia spoke: "I entered into the midst of the cage which is the prison of the body. And I spoke saying: 'He who hears, let him awake from his deep sleep.' Then Adam wept and shed tears. After he wiped away his bitter tears he asked: 'Who called my name, and from where has this hope arose in me even while I am in the chains of this prison?' And I (Sophia) answered: 'I am the one who carries the pure light; I am the thought of the undefiled spirit. Arise, remember, and follow your origin, which is I, and beware of the deep sleep.'" Sophia would come to be considered a force or conduit of the Holy Spirit, in part due to the fact that the Holy Spirit was also considered a feminine and creative force from the Supreme God. The Gospel of Philip echoes this theology in verse six as follows: In the days when we were Hebrews we were made orphans, having only our Mother. Yet when we believed in the Messiah (and became the ones of Christ), the Mother and Father both came to us. Gospel of Philip. As the emerging orthodox church became more and more oppressive to women, later even labeling them "occasions of sin," the Gnostics countered by raising women to equal status with men, saying Sophia was, in a sense, the handmaiden or wife of the Supreme God, making the soul of Adam her spiritual offspring. Jesus said: If those who lead you say to you: Look, the Kingdom is in the sky, then the birds of the sky would enter before you. If they say to you: It is in the sea, then the fish of the sea would enter ahead you. But the Kingdom of God exists within you and it exists outside of you. Those who come to know (recognize) themselves will find it, and when you come to know yourselves you will become known and you will realize that you are the children of the Living Father. Yet if you do not come to know yourselves then you will dwell in poverty and it will be you who are that poverty.

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Pages   284
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 29, 2006
Publisher   Fifth Estate
ISBN  1933580267  
ISBN13  9781933580265  

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Mary and Mary and Sophia  Feb 11, 2007
The texts are well rendered and very understandable, but the book offered more than just a good translation. I was very please with the additional information on Sophia, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus. This book gives historical data on the evolution of their places in the church. It also connects the dots in a trail that begins with Sophia (The Gnostic entity that carried the divine power of creation) and Mary Magdalene (whom some think carried the divine child of Christ) and Mary the mother of Jesus who carried the son of God. All three women carried divinity from the source to man, according to the various belief systems. How these figures were changed, shifted, and switched by the early church as mainline and gnostic beliefs faught and combined was a real eye opener.
Gnosticism Revealed  Jul 31, 2006
The theology,evolution and history of Gnosticism is detailed in a deep but clear discussion taking up about a quarter of this book. The book contains four Gnostic "gospels," Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Philip, and the Apocryphon of John. The publisher uses bold font for easy reading. Thomas has Bible verses as references that go along with the text. The author had done his homework and has laid out the differences of many different schools of Gnosticism.

I learned much about the actual Gnostic beliefs and creation story from this book.

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