Schmidt, it is today almost unanimously agreed that the four sections of the manuscript must be divided into two distinct groups. The first three sections correspond to the three books of one and the same work, probably composed between and the first book pp. On the other hand the fourth section Mead writes Pistis Sophia, pp. We may call it the 2nd-century theory.
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Schmidt, it is today almost unanimously agreed that the four sections of the manuscript must be divided into two distinct groups. The first three sections correspond to the three books of one and the same work, probably composed between and the first book pp. On the other hand the fourth section Mead writes Pistis Sophia, pp. We may call it the 2nd-century theory. Seven years prior to his translation of P. We may call this alternative general view the 3rd-century theory.
These considerations led him to assign the most probable date of composition to the 2nd half of the 3rd century. Schmidt in accepted this judgment, with the modification, however, that Div. This general view has been widely adopted as the more probable. Among English scholars may be mentioned chiefly E.
Scott, Scott-Moncrieff and Moffat. The only recent attempt to return to the earlier 2nd-century view is that of Legge in Bib. They may just as well, he contends, be compilations from th synoptics.
One clear parallel only can be adduced, and this may be due to a common source. In the Introduction to the first edition of the present work I registered my adhesion to the Valentinian hypothesis, but, as I now think, somewhat too precipitously. Jack Finegan writes op. I, Page 1 in Till we read that after Jesus was raised from the dead he spent eleven years with the disciples mathetai , and in his discourses with them taught them only as far as the places topoi of the first commandment and as far as the places topoi of the first mystery musterion.
Hurtak writes Pistis Sophia, p. The Savior is directed by the Ineffable to assist in the extension of the Divine powers into the human kingdom according to the desires of humanity, and to reveal the efficacy of the highest mysteries of salvation to humankind.
To some later Gnostics, Sophia was a divine syzygy of Christ, rather than simply a word meaning wisdom , and this context suggests the interpretation "The Faith of Sophia", or "The Loyalty of Sophia". The most common view is that the work consists of four books,  but some scholars have posited as many as five or six books. Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi library in , the Askew Codex was one of three codices that contained almost all of the Gnostic writings that had survived the suppression of such literature both in East and West, the other two codices being the Bruce Codex and the Berlin Codex. Aside from these primary sources, everything written about gnosticism before the Nag Hammadi library became available is based on quotes, characterizations, and caricatures in the writings of the enemies of Gnosticism.
New Realities Interviews Dr. J.J. Hurtak
Citation: Branco, Raul. Over the years scholars have either expressed their frustration at its impenetrable language or just advanced broad descriptions of the text, without venturing analytical or hermeneutic comments. In Brazil in , the author of this article published a version of the Pistis Sophia with suggested interpretations of the text and a summary of the cosmology of the work, with the help of some little-known notes of Blavatsky Blavatsky, "Pistis Sophia". This article attempts to describe the text in terms of the expansion of consciousness attained by Jesus as part of his supreme initiation.
Pistis Sophia: Text and Commentary
Did Jesus have female disciples? The book of Pistis Sophia reveals in its dialogue the true relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Sophia Wisdom itself was regarded by the early Coptics as a female presence who undergoes the experience of transgression and redemption in her path to full participation in the many universes, in conjunction with the Christ. The Coptic Christian documents found in Egypt, like the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Israel, are important in reconstructing the lost years of Jesus and give us in-depth insights into his works and his teachings.