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The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations) Paperback – August 1, 2005
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"How refreshing to move from our contemporary culture of Christian literalism to a spiritual world alive with symbol, metaphor and the poetry of the Divine."
―Ron Miller, religion department chair, Lake Forest College, author, The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice
“Provides us with a wealth of insightful annotations, and the translation is the most accessible to date. All of those with an interest in Gnostic tradition and its sacraments will be happy to receive this splendid work!”
―Stephan A. Hoeller, author, Gnosticism, Jung and the Lost Gospels and The Gnostic Jung
“An excellent new translation and annotation that brings a fascinating Gnostic text to life. A valuable contribution to our ongoing efforts to understand the richness of early Christianity.”
―Timothy Freke, coauthor of The Jesus Mysteries, Jesus and the Lost Goddess and The Laughing Jesus
From the Publisher
The Gospel of Philip: Annotated and Explained unravels the discourses, parables and sayings of this second-century text to explore a spiritual, non-literal interpretation of the Bible. Along with his elegant and accurate new translation from the original Coptic, Andrew Phillip Smith probes the symbolism and metaphors at the heart of the Gospel of Philip to reveal otherwise unrecorded sayings of Jesus, fragments of Gnostic mythology and parallels to the teachings of Jesus and Paul. He also examines the joyful imagery of rebirth, salvation and mystical union in the bridal chamber that was the pursuit of Christian Gnosticism.
Now you can experience this ancient Gospel even if you have no previous knowledge of early Christianity or Gnostic thought. This SkyLight Illuminations edition provides important insights into the historical context and major themes of the Gospel of Philip, and gives you a deeper understanding of the Gospels overarching message: deciphering our own meaning behind the symbols of this world increases and enriches our understanding of God.
- Publisher : SkyLight Paths; 1st edition (August 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 159473111X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594731112
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, like "The Gospel of Thomas," this text, rather than explaining everything clearly, invites the reader to make connections in order to understand the inner meaning of its sayings. Unfortunately, the passage of the centuries, the burning of books, and damage to the only surviving copy of this text make the task harder than the original author may have intended. A guide book such as this can be a great aid for a reader new to these writings, and even people who've spent some time reading these texts can learn a thing or two from someone else's sharing of the fruits of their investigations.
Mr. Smith takes a sound approach to the text. He doesn't engage in wild speculations about things like the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. He helps elucidate the text by showing how its expressions relate to things said in other texts, including the New Testament, other gnostic literature, and even the Tolidot Yeshua, a Jewish text.
The book is helpful, especially for someone new to the subject matter of The Gospel of Philip. People familiar with this text can still learn a thing or two from Mr. Smith.