The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 116 pages
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This ancient Gnostic text can be a companion for your own spiritual quest.

The Gospel of Philip is one of the most exciting and accessible of the Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945. The source of Dan Brown s intriguing speculations about Mary Magdalene in his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, the "Gospel of Philip" draws on ancient imagery the natural world, the relationships between women, men and family, the ancient distinctions between lord and servants, free people and slaves, and pagans, Jews and Christians to offer us insight into the spiritual interpretation of scripture that is at the foundation of Christianity.

"The Gospel of Philip: Annotated and Explained" unravels the discourses, parables and sayings of this second-century text to explore a spiritual, non-literal interpretation of the Bible. Along with his elegant and accurate new translation from the original Coptic, Andrew Phillip Smith probes the symbolism and metaphors at the heart of the "Gospel of Philip" to reveal otherwise unrecorded sayings of Jesus, fragments of Gnostic mythology and parallels to the teachings of Jesus and Paul. He also examines the joyful imagery of rebirth, salvation and mystical union in the bridal chamber that was the pursuit of Christian Gnosticism.

Now you can experience this ancient Gospel even if you have no previous knowledge of early Christianity or Gnostic thought. This SkyLight Illuminations edition provides important insights into the historical context and major themes of the Gospel of Philip, and gives you a deeper understanding of the Gospel s overarching message: deciphering our own meaning behind the symbols of this world increases and enriches our understanding of God.

  

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The Gospel of Philip is not an integrated narrative in itself, but rather an anthology culled from various (and usually unknown) sources. Sometimes the metaphors are mixed and thus make understanding ... Read full review

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Andrew Phillip Smith is the author of The Gospel of Thomas: A New Version Based on Its Inner Meaning. An independent scholar with close ties to the academic community, he has been investigating early Christianity for over a decade, sharing the results of his research in presentations and writings. His website (www.bardic-press.com/philip/philip.htm) is the most comprehensive resource for the Gospel of Philip on the Internet.

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