Pistis Sophia: A Gnostic Gospel

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Book Tree, 2003 - Religion - 400 pages
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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

PREFACE
xvii
The Contents
xxiii
The 2ndcentury Theory
xxix
The Bruce Codex
xxxv
The postresurrectional Setting
xlii
The P S a reserved Document
xlviii
A Skeleton of the Scheme of the System
1
He promiseth to tell them all things
7
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
170
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

The three robes of light
13
Adamas and the tyrants fight against the light
19
Mary Magdalene asketh and receiveth permission to speak
20
Mary questioneth him again
26
The powers adore the lightvesture
32
Mary interpreted the first repentance from Psalm Ixviii
45
Martha interpreteth the third repentance from Psalm Ixix
51
The fifth repentance of Sophia
57
Philip is commended and eontinueth writing
61
Thomas interpreteth the seventh repentance from Psalm zziv
67
Matthew interpreteth the eighth repentance from Psalm xzz
73
Jesus commendeth James and promiseth the first place unto
81
The twelfth repentance of Sophia
89
Sophia uttereth a song of praise 04
95
The story of the phantom spirit
101
Of Sabaoth Barbelo Yabradth and the lightvesture
107
The emanations of Selfwilled cry aloud to him for help
114
Sophia singeth a song of praise
124
Sophia singeth another song of praise
131
Sophia continueth her song
137
Andrew interpnteth from Psalm xxxix
139
James interpreteth the song from Psalm vii
145
Philip interpreteth the song from Psalm ovi
151
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
236
The apology of the rulers of the ways of the midst
241
Mary continueth to question Jesus
247
Of forgiveness even unto tvelve times of those who have received
253
Mary interprateth the incident from a former saying
259
A FOURTH BOOK
265
What soula pass into the dragon and how
267
Mary pleadeth for those who have neglected the mysteries
273
Of the inbreathing of the power
279
Of conception
285
The criterion of orthodoxy
291
A FIFTH BOOK
295
Of the constitution of the ways of the midst
301
The disciples beseech Jesus to have mercy upon sinners
307
Of the highest mysteries and of the great name
313
Of the ohutiaement of the thief
318
Even the greatest of sinners if he repent shall inherit the kingdom
324
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G. R. S. Mead is regarded as a pioneer in the field of Gnostic and Hermetic studies. A highly intuitive scholar, Mead joined the company of Madame Blavatsky and her close associates. In this circle, he learned the profound mysteries of the Gnostics and became a translator of these writings. Mead evidently suffered some scholarly prejudice because of his connections with Theosophy. However, he also visited with C. G. Jung during his last years, and Jung thanked him for his dedicated work, his outstanding use of the English language, and for his affinity toward the experience of Gnosis.

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