Pistis Sophia: A Gnostic Gospel

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Book Tree, May 1, 2006 - Religion - 400 pages
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Pistis Sophia: A Gnostic Gospel, translated by G.R.S. Mead. The Gnostics were composed of a number of early Christian mystical sects. Their teachers were persecuted and documents destroyed because the Church desired a uniform set of beliefs to operate under. Only now have we begun to better appreciate these early Christian mystics. Pistis Sophia was the most important Gnostic document until the discovery and publication of The Nag Hammadi Library. This work remains an important milestone in Gnostic research, on par with Nag Hammadi, and should be part of any serious study. It is the story of how we, as spiritual beings, have fallen into the world of physical creation. The soul is asleep here, bogged down in physical surroundings, unaware of its true nature. The purpose of this gospel is to awaken us, and aid in the process of spiritual freedom.

 

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Contents

Watkins
xiv
With a New Foreword
xvi
Foreword
xvii
The Contents
xxiii
The 2ndcentury Theory
xxix
The Bruce Codex
xxxv
The postresurrectional Setting
xlii
The P S a reserved Document
xlviii
Sophia eontinueth her song
137
Andrew interpreteth from Psalm xxxix
139
James interpreteth the song from Psalm vii
145
Philip interpreteth the song from Psalm cvi
151
Of the glory of the thirteenth aeon
157
Of the powers of the Midst and their ascension
163
Of the second Helper
169
Of the gnosis of the mastermystery
173

A Skeleton of the Scheme of the System
1
He promiseth to tell them all things
7
The three robes of light
13
Adamas and the tyrants fight against the light
19
Mary Magdalene asketh and rcceiveth permission to speak
20
Mary questioneth him again
26
The powers adore the lightvesture
32
Mary interpreteth the first repentance from Psalm lxviii
45
Martha interpreteth the third repentance from Psalm lxix
51
The fifth repentance of Sophia
57
Philip is commended and continuetb writing
61
The seventh repentance of Sophia
67
Matthew interpreteth the eighth repentance from Psalm xxx
73
Jesus commendeth James and promiseth the first place unto
81
The twelfth repentance of Sophia
89
Salome interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon
95
The story of the phantom spirit
101
Of Sabaoth Barbelo Yabraoth and the lightvesture
107
The emanations of Selfwilled cry aloud to him for help
114
Sophia singeth a song of praise
124
Matthew interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon
131
The disciples lose courage
181
Jesus promiseth to explain further all in detail
188
Of the gnosis of the word of the Ineffable
194
Of the second mystery
200
Of the Books of Yew
206
Of the Limbs of the Ineffable
210
The boundaries of the ways of the worthy
217
That the mysteries shall be given again unto a repentant brother
223
Mary again questioneth Jesus
229
Of the constitution of man
235
The apology of the rulers of the ways of the midst
241
Mary oontinueth to question Jesus
247
Of such initiated who sin and die without repentanoe
254
Mary interpreteth the incident from a former saying
260
Of the doors of the dungeons
267
What souls pass into the dragon and how 287
268
Of the efficacy of the names of the twelve angels
275
Of the lightpower and the counterfeiting spirit
281
Of the incarnation of the soul
287
No soul had entered into the Light before the coming of the First
293
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