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Pistis Sophia [Kindle Edition]

Anonymous , GRS Mead
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Book Description

Although it was only discovered the 18th century, the Pistis Sophia was written by early Gnostic Christians, perhaps as early as the 2nd century. The title means both Faith in Wisdom and Wisdom in Faith.

Notable for integrating feminine divinity with Christian faith, unlike conventional Christianity, in the Person of Sophia, she of the Left Hand (as opposed to Christ, identified with the Right Hand).

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Text: English (translation)

About the Author

G. R. S. Mead, Hermeticist and scholar was one of the truly great researchers into arcane wisdom. At a time when the esoteric tended to mean little more than table tapping and mysterious phenomena, he was translating into English the gems of Neoplatonic and Egyptian philosophy. In works such as Thrice Greatest Hermes, The Doctrine of the Subtle Body, Orpheus, and Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, he almost single handedly reassembled the lost esoteric tradition of classical Athens and Alexandria and Gnosticism in general.

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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "extraordinaire" May 4, 2000
Format:Paperback
Ignore the 5 stars and put 6 stars instead! I am still wandering why it took such a long time for me to review this extraordinary gospel. This is one of the most easy to read and follow gospel within the Gnostic gospels, and indeed amongst many of the gospels. The language is clear and the gospel is well structured. Pistis is indeed a rare gospel: it tells of the secret words that you must say for you to reach the highest God and Goddess (not the God of creation); it informs you of the many gods and goddesses that exist and the levels of space they occupy. Mind you, all these is said by Jesus himself, that is the Gnostic Jesus. Mary Magdala (Jesus' partner) is so intelligent in her questions and answers, in fact Jesus tells her that her spirit has been purified and therefore at its best (of course hoping that this is a genuine praise and not based on partner favouritism). But yes, Mary Magadala, beside the praises from her partner, is quite outstanding. She even tells Jesus that she is scared of Peter since St Peter hates the female race! Do not expect anything canonical or convetional from this gospel. It is a very disturbing gospel, yet very powerful indeed. It even explains the difficult parables: "5 will be in a house and 3 will rise against 2 and 2 against 3..." It also explains the parable of the coin - give to Caesar that which belongs to him... This is one gospel, which I must concur, I also do not understand why it has not received much attention as the other gospels!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Christian Gnostic Universe December 12, 1999
Format:Hardcover
Although considered a minor Gnostic text by some scholars of Gnosticism, this document provides an excellent introduction to the universe of a Christian Gnostic of the time of Christ. After reading this I would suggest to go on to "Nag Hammadi" and "The Apocryphal New Testament : A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. March 26, 1999
Format:Hardcover
This revealed teaching is essential for anyone investigating Christian Gnosticism, post-resurrection narratives, kabbalistic cosmology, feminine Christology, or the writings of Hurtak. It is not a simple read, but deeply layered, speaking of the Kingdom of Light on many levels to humanity. The Savior truly shares a great revelation with his disciples and the author of the text had clearly been very gifted. This translation is not perfect, but conveys the messages true to the context in which they were intended: metaphysically. Serious para-Biblical students should definately acquaint themselves with Pistis-Sophia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOPHIA ON EARTH January 27, 2001
By JOY
Format:Paperback
These writings of Jesus should be read by all christians. There was much said by Jesus regarding Sophia, and we never heard this in the church. It is understood in this book,and the Sophia of Jesus Christ, found in the Nag Hammadi Library, that Sophia is a real person, who came to earth in bodily form. The book "She Who Is" by Elizabeth Johnson, mentions that Sophia would come to earth to live with her children to make them friends with God. Also, states that Jesus was Sophia incarnate. So the Pistis Sophia describes by Jesus the trials Sophia faced while on earth. It is worth reading to see what Jesus had to say regarding Sophia
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important historical religious writing August 28, 2006
Format:Paperback
Prior to the Nag Hammandi codices there was the Pistis Sophia. These writings are very old..they date from around 100-300AD. Today we are fortunate to have these early esoteric church texts to read and study. Most of the early christian literature was labeled heretical and destroyed by the Alexandrian doctors of religious thought...there are things in there that didn't mix well with those Neoplatonists. The Pistis Sophia was purchased in 1795 and was the largest repository of Gnostic beliefs before the unearthing, in 1945, of the Nag Hammandi Library. Like time capsules, these writings have come to us, in purity, ready to be studied. They give us some very good source material for what these early churches believed.

The Pistis Sophia is about things that transpired between the resurrected Jesus, the First and Last Mystery, and his disciples. An interesting point is that those disciples included both men and women. The text is filled with involvement in the physical cosmos, purification from sin and salvation through the infinite compassion of the First Mystery. The path is layed out for the initiate to obtain an inheritance in the Light-Kingdom. To get to this level requires receiving the mysteries, and the way to get the mysteries is to be righteous and good.

Rounded with mysticism, obscurity and allegory, this codex is well worth adding to the Christian reference shelf.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor translation, totally worthless May 24, 2010
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This book contains a worthless translation. The words used to convey meaning are common thus obscuring the original meaning. Here are some examples: "whole distribution" is not the same thing as "total expansion", "workmen" are not the same as "servitors", "habitations of their spheres" is not the same as "houses of their spheres", and "first statute" is not the same as "First Commandment". Many nouns are left uncapitalized so the real meaning behind the items being expressed is not conveyed. And all these examples came from the first two pages of this totally worthless translation of Pistis Sophia.

This version is a made from two imperfect versions: a French translation (1856) and a Latin version (1851) not from the Coptic text. Try to find Mead's second edition (1921) containing some valuable help from Carl Schmidt's German translation (1905). Mead's second edition of Pistis Sophia is almost a complete rewrite of the first edition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
too much dogma for jesus
Published 16 days ago by john l jeffries
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, epic song
A wonderful, epic song. If you love epic poetry and have an inkling for Blake or Homer, this should be yours.
Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Dengel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quite excellent.
Published 2 months ago by achilles carcamo
5.0 out of 5 stars Pistis Sophia
The book completes you spiritually and strengthens your light and light power, it breaks the walls around your soul. And completes you in all Fullness and Gnosis. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeremy Clarkson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but just that
An interesting book, but very complex to understand. Possibly gives understanding about what may have happened right after death of our lord Jesus Christ, but on the other hand... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jorge Moctezuma Torre
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful formating
The formatting of this edition of the Pistis Sophia makes it practically unreadable. Misspellings are frequent. Words run together. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad layout
This book has the titles that (I assume aren't part of the text) run almost seamlessly into the body of the text so one ends up reading titles as if part of the body text, I don't... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Friends With Sophia
For research, for the curious, this is a cleaner "write" than other versions I own and use; very accessable to every level of reader.
Published on March 31, 2009 by Auntie Juda
2.0 out of 5 stars Pistis Sophia
Other versions may have been written better, text lacks consistancy with too many thee's and thou's. Read more
Published on September 30, 2008 by Chris D. Bochetti
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very revealing. To learn even more about the Pistis Sophia, try The Pistis Sophia Unveiled. (0974591688)
Published on September 10, 2005 by James Crow
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