Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part II

Understanding what the actual theology of the classical Gnostics was about depends on understanding what they meant by the Greek term “Paston,” usually translated as “bridal chamber.” In context the term meant a type of experience, not to a physical location, so it is better translated as “sacred marriage,” a term whose connotations are much clearer to us. I have made great use in writing (and, at least once, in a blessed moment in real life) of the fact that, at the moment of uninhibited climax, … [Read more...]

Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part I

In various previous blogs I have been pursuing the myth of Jesus and Sophia. I think of that myth as a palimpsest over the historical Joshua and Miriam, one that encoded the theology of the Marianite Christians, the name I am giving to the community in Alexandria that I think was founded by Mary Magdalene after she fled from Judea to escape from assassination by the Romans and their quislings.We have only fragments of that story. Suppose we had no text of Genesis 2-3, the story of Adam and … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 22: Conclusion of The Acts of Mary

XXIV.  Mary Brings the Good News to Gaul [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss]We were fortunate for several years in our teaching of the good news to Jews and Greeks alike. Then some of the House of Shammai who had escaped to the city also began to tell the Romans that we had caused the uprising in Jerusalem. They told the other Israelites that  we had caused the uprising to fail and gave the victory to the Romans. So much s … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 21. Aquinas

XXIII.  Aquinas  The mind of the world is Zeus, and all things are besoul’d and full of spirits.ThalesThe ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses . . . Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of and enslav’d the vulgar . . . thus began Priesthood, choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounc’d that the Gods had ordered such things. Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.William Blake Walking into … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 20: The Flight to Egypt

[An excerpt from The Acts of Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss]XXII.After the council meeting, the brothers who preached to the Gentiles continued on their way. We continued on with ours, confident that we were keeping the mysteries he had taught us, no matter what the men students and the Gentiles might say.During the following years, as word came back to us of what Saul had continued teaching, I sorrowed that so many had been misled and could … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 18: The Contention of Mary and Saul

XX. From The Acts of Mary [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] My husband, Joshua, was not the most handsome man I had ever seen, but the power of his personality made up for that. He radiated confidence, joy, safety. We knew he was a true prophet who spoke with the voice of God. All men and women who heard him wanted to follow him, just to be near him, but he chose only a few as the ones to be with him and hear his deepest te … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 16: The Preaching of Mary

XVIII. From the Acts of Mary[An excerpt from The Acts of Mary as translated byC.T. Edwards,  A. Healey,  L. Moresco, and S. Weiss]Chapter V. On one day a man in the crowd called out to me, “What about divorce? Did your Mashiach allow divorce?”I replied, “Why do you ask about divorce? Why do you not ask about marriage? Great is the mystery of marriage. Without marriage, the world would not exist. Do you not know that the first commandment our God gave to us was to be fertile and mu … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 14: The Beginning of The Acts of Mary

XVI. Return to Jerusalem  [From The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise. The committee did not have this manuscript at the time of the events recounted herein, but we believe it and some others later made available should be included here to make the history clearer.]  I.  After Joshua had ascended to his Father, we returned from Galilee to Jerusalem. As we entered the city, we remembered how he had ridden a donkey into the city when he came for the Pa … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 13: The Other Two Gospels

XV. The Work Continues, 4  As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.William Blake “Seamus, what can you tell us about this Gaelic gospel?” I asked.“It is a translation of a gospel originally composed in Greek,” Seamus replied. “I’m not as familiar with all the Gnostic writings as some of you, but the story told here goes back to the era of Jesus, more or less.”“Is it about Simon Magus?” I asked.“Yes, b … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 12: Awakening

XIV. Awakening [From The Gospel According to Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise]As I stood praying, I heard a voice say, “Mary.” I looked up and saw an angel, blazing with light. But then I recognized him. I cried out “Rabbouni!” and fainted at his feet.He reached down with his right hand and raised me up, saying, “Do not be afraid, my beloved. I have awakened from among those who sleep. I know who I am, and I am everyone.”“But how . . .” I began. … [Read more...]


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