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es r d c i ti c i m f th M S
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THE FI RS T BOO K O F PI S TIS S O PH I A .

J u h ith
es s erto i n stru cteth h i s d i ci pl
s es onl y up t o the gi
re on

of fi t my t y
th e rs s er

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a e rs d th s er sur rou n e

Th gi
e re f th g
on s o t i vi i bl e rea n s e

Th t
e u f l i gh t
rea s re o

Th l i gh t w ld
e - or .

J u d hi di cipl
es s an s t d s th M u t f O l iv
es a re sea e on e o n o es

A g t l i gh t t
rea m d c d th J us re a es en e on es s

It su rrou n d th hi m ti ly
e en re

J u ce d th i t h v
es s as n e n o ea en

Th c e fu i f th p w
on s on o d th g t thqu k
e o ers a n e rea ear a e

Th d i m y f th d i c i pl
e s a o e s es

J u d c d th g i
es s es en e a a n

Th e na tu e f h i gl yr o s or

J u dd
es s a th th m resse e

H d w th hi l i gh t u t hi m lf
e ra e s n o se

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e ro se o e e a n s

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o e f l i gh t w
es re ot u t him as sen n o

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e so s o d th i i c
e ti s es an e r n arn a on

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n f J h th B p ti t
arn a on o o n e a s

Th t J h w E li i f m b i th
a o n as as n a or er r
iv C O NT E NT S .

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c c i g th
M ore on ern n e l igh t p w i th d i c ipl
- o ers n e s es

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e f h i i v ti tu
a e e o s n es re ha d
cm o e

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e w d s er o e ve or s on th e v tues re

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The t h bree ro es o f l igh t


Th fi t v tu
e rs es re

Th c d v tu
e se on es re

Th th i d v tu
e r es re

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e Cm ut
a o o e n o us

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es s e on s es re

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e en th th fi m m
ere t e r a en

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e f th fi m m t
o ers o m z d d f ll d w
e r d a en a re a a e an a o n an

w hi p him ors

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e en ereth th fi t ph e rs s ere

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e f th fi t ph
o ers o m z d df ll d w
e rs d s ere a re a a e an a o n an

w h i p hi mors

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e en ere c d ph e se on s ere

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e of th ersc d ph o m z d d f ll d w
e se on s ere are a a e an a o n

d w an hi p him o rs

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e en ereth th e aeon s

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e of th ers o m z d d f ll d w d w
e aeo n s a re a a e an a o n an or

h ip hi m
s

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a s an t figh t g i t th l i gh t
e r an s a a ns e

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e a e ro e a r o e r o er

H c h g th th m ti
e an e f th i ph e o on o e r s eres

M y k th
ar as d c iv th p m i i t p k
e an re e e er ss on o s ea

M y i t p t th th
ar n er re eb v f m th w d f I i h e a o e ro e or s o sa a

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es s o en e ar . e ur er u es on e on

th c h gi g f th ph
e an n o e s eres

J u pl i th fu th th c v i f th ph
es s ex a ne r er e on ers o n o e s eres

P hili p q ti th J u u es on e es s

Why th p th f th e w ch g d
a o e aeo n s as an e

M yq ar ti th hi m g i
u es on e a a n

Th c mi g f M l ch i d c
e o n o e se e

O f th f b i c tie f th
a r ul f m
a on o e so s o en

Th ul d v u th i m tt
e r ers e th t
o ul m y t b f b i
r e r a er so a so s a no e a r .

c a ted

Ad m ad th ty t b ttl
as an g i t th l igh t v tu
e ran s a e a a ns e es re .

J u t k th f m th m th i d f th i p w
es s a e ro d ch g th e a r o e r o er an an e

th i c u er o rse

Th y m h v th p w f d
e no m g th i m tt
o re a e e o er o evo u r e r a er

Th p w e d th l igh t v tu
o er s a ore e - es re
C O NT E NT S .

P A GE
The t y
bc m th d d
ra n ts e o e as e ea 41
J u t th th th i t th
es s en ere d fi d thP t S phi
e r een aeo n an n e i s is o a 42
S phi d h f ll w p w b h ld th l igh t
o a an er e o o ers e o e

M y d i th t h
ar th
es re t y f S ph i o ear e s or o o a

Th ul h t h f c i g i th i my t y
e r ers a e er or eas n n e r s er

A g t it th h i m lf wi th th ul
rro an un f th tw lv
e s se e r e rs o e e e aeo n

d m t th
an l i f c d p w t pl gu S ph i
e an a e a on - a e o er o a e o a

S phi t k th th li f c d p w f A g t f th t u
o a a e e on - a e o er o rro an or e r e

l igh t
Sh d c d th t th tw lv
e es en d th ec i t ch o e e e aeo n s a n en e n o a os

Th m ti
e e f A g t qu z th l i gh t p w
an a on s o t f rro an s ee e e - o ers o u o

S phi o a

Th fi t p t
e rs f S ph ire en en c e o o a

M y i t p t th th fi t p t c f m P lm l xvi i i
ar n er re e e rs re en a n e ro sa .

Th c d p t c f S ph i
e se on re en a n e o o a

P eter c o mpl a i n eth o f M ar y


P eter c d p t c f m P lm l xx
i n terpreteth th e se on re en an e ro sa .

J u p mi th t p f c t th di c i pl i ll th i g
es s ro se o er e e s es n a n s

Th th i d
e p t c f S ph i
r re en an e O o a

M th ar k th d c iv th p m i i t p k
a as e an re e e er ss on o s ea

M th i t p t th th th i d p t c f m P lm l x i x
ar a n er re e e r re en a n e ro sa

p t c f S ph i
.

Th f u th
e o r re en a n e o o a

J h k th d c iv th p mi i t p k
o n as e an re e e er ss o n o s ea

J h i t p t th th p t f m P lm i
'

o n n er re e e re en an c e ro sa c .

J u c mm d th J h
es s o en e o n

Th m tie e f A g t g i qu z th l ig
an a on s o ht t f rro an a a n s ee e e ou o

S
ph i o a

Th fifth e p t c Of S phire en an e o a

P hil ip th c i b mpl i th e s r e, c o a ne

P
hi l ip d
,

J u xpl i th th t th pp i t d c i b
es s e a ne a e a o n e s r es are an

Th m d M tth w
o as a n a e

M y i t p t th th w d
ar n f J u
er c c re e e or s o es s on ern i n g th e t h ree

wi t n esses

P hil i p IS '
p mi i t p k
n ow giv en er ss o n o s ea 71
P hi l i p i t p t th th fifth p t c f m P lm xlvii
.

n er re e e re en an e ro sa .

P hil ip c mm d d d c ti u th w iti g
Is o en e an on n e r n 73
Th ix th
e s p t c f S phi re en an e o o a 74
An d w i t p t th th
re i x th
n er p t c f m P l m XXIX
re e e s re en an e ro sa C 75
J u c mm d th A d w H p mi th th t th ty t
es s o en e n re . e ro se a e r an s

h ll b j udg d a d c um d by th fi f wi d m
s a e e n on s e e re o s o

M y i t p t th th w d f J u
ar n er re e e or s o es s

Th p t c f S phi i t y t cc p t d Sh i m ck ed
e re en a n e o o a s no e a e e . e s o

by th e 38011 3

Th v th p t c f S ph i
e se en re en an e o o a
vi C O NT E NT S .

P A GE

Th m i t p t th th v th p
o as n er re e e se en re en tan c f m
e ro P sa lm
x iv x

J u c mm d th Thm
.

es s o en e o as

J u l d th S ph i t l c fi d
es s ea e o a o a ess on ne re gi on , bu t with u t o

th c mm d f th fi t my t y
e o an o e rs s er

Th m ti
e e f A g tcan a f on s o rro an ea se or a ti m e to c o n stra i n

ph iS o a

Th i gh th
e e p t c f Sph i re en a n e O o a

Th m ti
e e f A g tc t i h g i
an a on s o rro an o n s ra n er a a n

Sh c ti u th h
e on p t c n e er re en a n e

M tth w i t p t th th
a e p t c f m P lm xxx
n er re e e re en an e ro sa .

J u c mm d th M tth w d p mi th hi di cipl th t
es s o en e a e , an ro se s s es a

th y h ll i t eth wi th h im
s a s on ro n es

M y i t p t th th w d f J u
ar n er re e e or s O es s

Th i th
e n np t c of S ph i re en a n e o a

J m i t p t th th p t c f m P lm m i
a es n er re e e re en a n e ro sa v .

J u c mm d th J m
es s o d p m th th fi t pl c u t
en e a es, an ro i se e rs a e n o

th d i c i pl e s es

M y i t p t th th w d f J u
ar n er re e e or s o es s

Th p t c f S ph i
e re cc p t d J u i
en a n t t h lp
e o o a is a e e . es s s sen o e

h er
Th e ten t h p re en ta n c e of S o ph i a

P eter i n terp reteth th e re p en tan c f m P lm cxi x


e ro sa

J u c mm d th P t
.

es s o en e e er

Th l v th p t c
e e e en re en a n e of So ph i a

Arro g an t ai d the hi s e m an a ti on s, an d thy ge a ai n c o n stra i n

S pho ia
Th e t w lfth p t c e re en an e of S o ph i a

An d w i t p t th th
re n er re e e re p en tan c f m P lm
e ro sa cv m
h p t c f S ph i
.

h
Th e t i rte en t re en an e o o a

M th i t p t th th
ar a p t c f m P lm 1
n er re e e re en a n e ro sa

J u d th f th ligh t p w t id S ph i
.

es s sen e OI a o er o a o a

S ph i u tt th g f p i
o a ere a son o ra se

S l m i t p t th th g f S ph i f m th O d f
a o e n er re e e son o o a ro e es o

Slm o o on

Th p w e t by J u f m th
o er senc w f l igh t S ph i es s or e a ro n o on o a s

h d ea

S ph i u tt th th
o a g fp i ere an o er son o ra se

M y th m th
ar k th d c iv th p m i i t p k
e o er, a s e an re e e er ss o n o s ea

g f S ph i f m th
,

M y th m th
ar i t p t th th
e o er, n er re e e so n o o a ro e

i t th O d f S l m
,

n n e een e o o o on

J u c mm d th h i m th
es s o en e s o er

Th t tu t
e s a f th fi t my t y i ful fill d f
e o t k i g S ph i
e rs s er s e or a n o a

ti ly
en t f ch re ou o a os
C O NT E N T S . vii

P AG E
Th e fi t my t y d J u
rs d f th two st e m f l igh t
s er an es s sen or r a s o

p w t h lp S ph i
o ers o e o a

M y i t p t th th my t y
ar n er re e e s er

M y th m th
ar , fu th i t p t th th c i ptu
e o er, r er n er re e e s r re

Th t y f th ph
e s or t m Sp i i t
o e an o r

O f th pi i tu l d m t i l b di f J u
e s r a an a er a o es o es s

Th th
e o M y fu th i t p t th th
er ar m c i p tu f m
r er n er re e e sa e s r re ro

th b p ti m f J u
e a s o es s

M y th m th e
ar g i fu th i t p t th th
e o r, me a a n r er n er re e e sa

c i p tu f m th m ti g f h lf w i th E l i z b th
,

s r re ro e ee n o erse a e

m th f J h th B p ti t
o er o o n e a s

O f th i c e ti f J u
n arn a on o es s

THE N O TE OF A SCR I B E .

A n o te by l a a ter h d
an

THE S E C ON D B OO K O F PISTIS S O PH I A .

J h f th
o n ur m c i p tu
er eXp l ai n eth th e sa e s r re

O f S b Oth B bél O I b Oth


a a d th l i gh t ve tu
ar a ra an e - s re

umm d t h lp Pi ti S ph i
, ,

G b i l d M i ch l
a r e an ae are s on e o e s s o a

Th li gh t t
e m t th th l ight p w i t S phi
-s rea res ore e - o ers n o o a

Th l i gh t t
e m h vi g cc mpl i h d i t pu p
-
s rea d p t th
a n a o s e s r ose, e ar e

f m S ph i
,

ro o a

P t i t p t th th
e er n er tiv f m th O d
re e f S l m e n a rra e ro e es o o o on

Th m ti
e e f A an ag t y l ud t hi m f h lp
on s o rro an cr a o o or e

H e d th f th
sen th
e m vi l t p w l i k u t
or an o er ore o en o er , e n o a

wi g d w n e a rro

Th c e ti f th
rea p t b i li k d d g p w
on o e ser en , as s an ra on o ers .

Th d m i l p w
e ae f Ad m
on a d a h th S ph i a t th g u d
o er o a as s e o o e ro n

S ph i g i c i th t th light
o a a a n r e o e

G b i l d M i ch l d th li ght t m g ai g t h i d
a r e an ae an e -s rea a n o o er a

Th t e fig ti
ran s f S ph i u ra on o o a

J e u th fi t my t y l k i g with u t c u th S ph i t
s s, e rs s er , oo n o , a se o a o

t i m phr u

J m i t p t th th
a es n er re eti v f m P lm xc e n arra e ro sa

S ph i Si g th g f p i
.

o a n e a son o ra se

T h m i t p t th th
o as g f S ph i f om th O d f
n er re e e so n o o a r e es o

Slm o o on

S ph i Si g th th
o a n g fp ie an o er son o ra se

M tth w i t p t th th
a e n erg f S phi f m th e O d f
re e e son o o a ro es o

Slm o o on

S phi c ti u th t si g
o a on n e o n
viii C O NT E NT S .

y f id f P t
mP
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M ar i s a ra o e er

M ar y i t p t th th
n er re e e so n g Of Sph iaf o ro the sal m s

So phi c ti u th h
a on n e er son g
M h i
a rt a f m th P lm
n terpreteth ro e sa s

S ph c
o i a ti u th h
on g
n e er son

M yi ar t p t th f m th P lm
n er re e ro e sa s

S ph
o i i l d t
a s gi b l w th th i t th
e o a re on d giv e o e r een aeon an en

w my t y
a ne s er

Sh c ti u th h
e on n ge er so n

A d w i t p t th f m th P lm
n re n er re e ro e sa s

Th c ve on ti f S ph i
ersa d th L i gh t
on o o a an e

Th L igh t p m i th t
e ro l th gi se f A g t
o sea e re on s O rro an

H w S ph i h ll k w th t th ti m f h fi l d l iv
o o a s a no c a e e O er na e eran e

h th c ma o e

Wh t h ll c m t p
a s a ot th t ti me o ass a a e

Th ti m f
e th fi
e l d l ive c f S ph i i fulfill d
or e na e ra n e o o a s e

Ad m a d th f th tw m ti
as sen e orf d k t pl gu o e an a on s O ar n ess o a e

S ph i o a

S phi g i Si g th
o a a a n g t th L igh t
n e a so n o e

J m i t p t th th
a es n er re e g f m P lm i e so n ro sa v i

S phi dd th Ad m d hi ul
.

o a a resse a a s an s r ers

S phi y t g i S i g th t th L igh t
o a e a a n n e o e

M th i t p t th th w d f S phi f m P lm i i
ar a n er re e e or s o o a ro sa v

J u b i g th S phi g i t th th i t th
.

es s r n e o a a a n o e r een aeo n

S ph i S i g th th p i f th L igh t t h f ll w i vi ibl
o a n e e ra ses o e o er e o - n s es

P hil i p i t p t th th g f m P lm
n er re e e so n ro sa CVl .

M yq
ar ti u es th J u on e es s

O f th f u e d tw ty i vi i bl
o r an en n s es

O f th tw lv e e e aeo n s

O f th th i t e th r een c on
e

O f th m i d te s

O f th i gh t
e r

O f th t e u reas re

O f th i h i t c
e n er an e

M y g i q
ar a a n ti th J uu es on e es s

O f th tw lv e vi u
e d th i
e sa gi o th i h i t
rs an c e r re on s i n e n er an e

O f th c i f th m f th t u i t th i h it c
e as en s o n O e O e reas r e n o e n er an e

O f th i p c tiv
e r res k i th ki gd m
e e ra n s n e n o

O f th p w e o f th l i gh t
ers o d th i m ti e d c i an e r e an a on a n a s en s on

O f th p w e of th mid ters o d th i c i e s an e r a s en s on

B t thi
u h ll t t k pl c till th d f th
s s a no a e a e e en O e aeo n

O f th c i f th ul f th p f c t
e a s en s o n o e so s o e er e

O f th k f th ul f th p f c t
e ra n O e so s o e er e

M y i t p t th th
ar n er re e tiv f m th S c i p tu e n a rra e ro e r res
C O NT E NT S . ix

O f the l ast s upp orter

Th at th e b y d th upp t i i d c ib bl
re gi on e on e s or ers s n es r a e

M y f th q
ar ur ti th J u
er u es on e es s

O f th c d upp t
e se o n s o r er

O f th thi d f u th
e d fifth upp t
r , o r , an s or ers

M y g i q
ar ti
a a n th J u u es on e es s

O f th m th t
e c iv th my t y i th l t upp t
a re e e e s er n e as s or er

J h q ti th J u
o n u es on e es s

O f th fi t t tu t
e rs s a e

O f th fi t p c
e rs s a e

O f th c d pc
e se on s a e

O f th thi d Sp c
e r a e

O f th t i p i i tu l i th th i d p c
e r s re th fi t p c
a s n e r s a e, z . .
, e rs s a e o f
the i n efi abl e
O f th e a b lu t my
so e ster y
O f th e g n o si s O f th e a b lu t my t y
so e s er

T he g n osi s o f th e my y
ster of the i n efi abl e c on ti n u de

O f th e hi erar ch i es o f p w o ers

The di ci pl l
s es ose cu go ra e

J u
es s expl a i n eth t h at t h at my ster yi s rea lly impl s er t ha ll
n a

my t i s er es

O f th fi i e d m
ss o n a n ti f th p w f th pl
e m an a on o e o ers o e ero a

O f th m f th
e o c d p c f th i ff bl
e se o n s a e o e ne a e

O f th m f th fi t p c
e o f th i
e fi bl rs s a e o e ne a e

J u p mi th t xpl i fu th ll i d t i l
es s ro se o e an r er a n e a

O f th my t y u cci c tly
e s er s n .

O f th e o n e and ly W d f th i fibl on or o e ne a e

O f th c i f th ul f him wh Sh all c iv th b
e as en s on o e so o o re e e e a so

lu t my t y
e s er

O f th k f uch
e ran oul s a so

S uch l so u s are ch i t d h ll b k i g th k i gd m
r s s, an s a e n s in e n o

O f th di g i ty f th th
e n th k i gd m
o e ro n es i n e n o

O f th g e i f th w d f th i
n os s o fi bl e or o e ne a e

O f th di ti c ti
e s b tw th b lut gn i d th my
n on e een e a so e o s s an e s

t i f l i gh t
er es o

O f th c i f th ul f th m th t c ive th tw lv
e as en s on O e so s o e a re e e e e

my t i f th fi t my t y
s er es o e rs s er

M yq
ar ti
u es th J u on e es s

O f th th e my t i
ree dfi my t i
s er e s a n ve s er es

O f th fi t f th th
e rs o my t i e r ee s er es

O f th c d f th th my t i
e se on o e r ee s er es

O f it s effi c cy w i tha g d t th uni n iti t d re ar o e a e

O f th th i d f th e th
e r my t i
o ree s er es

O f it s effi c cy wi th g d t th u i i ti t d
a re ar o e n n a e
C O NT E NT S .

F u th c c
r er on ern i n g th th e ree a n d fi ve my t s eri es

O f th e o n e a n d on l y my t y s er

m
O f th e my t i s er es o f c d p c
th e se o n s a e

O f th e my t y s er o f th th i d p c th fi t f
e r s a e, e rs ro w hu it o t
O f th e ig
re f n o a th u o dy f l i gh t
sa n ears o

Wh at i s a y ear o f l gh t
th e i
Of t hm e Of th e fi t Sp c
rs a e i n th e k i gd m
n o of th e t h uo sa n d
y ea rs

Of t hm e c d p c
of th e se o n s a e

O f th m f th th i d p c
e o th fi t f m wi th Ot
e r s a e, e rs ro u

O f th B k e f I u oo s o eo

A d w q
n re ti th J u
u es on e es s

Th t ll m
a a p t ti lly ll p w
en a re o en a a o ers

A t h wm
S o di fi
o f m th p wen er ro e o ers

O f th pu i fyi g my t i
e r n s er e s

T h t ll wh
a a pu i fi d Sh ll b v d
o are r e a e sa e

T h t fi lly th y h ll b h i gh th ll p w
a na e s a e er an a o ers

J u p d th th i g
es s ar c fA d w
on e e n oran e o n re

E XT R C T F R O M A THE B O O KS O F THE S V I O UR
A .

m mb
O f th e f th i
e fi bl ers o e ne a e

J u th g t i iti t i l l th my t i
es s e rea n a or s a e s er es

O f th d i g i ty f th m wh
e n i i ti t d i
O e o ar e n a e n to th e my t s eri es 25 3

THE SEC O ND B OO K O F PIS TIS S O PH I (C A O NTI N E


U D

O f th e p rea ch i gn of th e d i c ipl
s es

Wh at men h uld v i d
s o a o

Wh a t m en h uld p c ti
s o ra se

U n to s u c h th my t i
l i gh t t b g iv
e s er es o f are o e en

Th my t i
e f th mi i f i
s e r e s a re or e re ss on o s ns

M y g i q
ar a ti th J u
a n u es on e es s

O f th ul f th igh t u m wh i t i iti t d wh i t
e so o e r eo s an o s no n a e en

p th f m th b dy
a sse ro e o

J h q ti th J u
o n u es on e es s 263
O f th i i ti t d wh S i
e n tha e d p t th u ti l v tim
o nn e an re en e n se en es 265
A f m or yi g xpl i d
er sa n e a ne

O f th w d f th v
e re ar f ul
o e sa e rs O so s

J h c ti u th hi qu ti i g
o n on n e s es on n

Th t th my t i h ll b gi v u t
a e s er es s p t t b th a e en n o a re en an ro er

v up t th th
e en f th o c d p c e ree O e se on s a e

Th lim i t f th p w
e f th d i c i pl
O e t mit i
o er o e s es o re s ns 268
A f m or yi g xpl i
er sa d n e a ne
C O NT E NT S . xi

O f th e b lu t my t y f th m i i f i
a so e s er o e re ss o n o s ns

J h c ti u th hi qu ti i g
o n on n e s es on n

Th t c h i g w i th
e ea ng dt i wh c iv th my t i
re ar o s n n ers o re e e e s er es

fu th x t d d
r er e en e

J h c ti u th hi qu ti i g
o n on n e s es on n

O f hy p c i t who r c iv th my t i
es o re e e e s er es

A f m or yi g xpl i d
er sa n e a ne

M y g i q
ar a a nti th J uu es on e es s

H w th
o ul f th m th t h v p d f m th b dy m y
e so s o e a a e a sse ro e o a

b h lp d by th
e e e th ose o n ea r

M y c ti u th h qu ti i g
ar on n e er es on n

H w
o i i ti t
an n c p f m th d th f th b dy with
a e c a n es a e ro e ea O e o

t p i
ou a n

M y c ti u th h qu ti i g
ar on n e er es on n 27 9
Th my t y f th
e s er u c ti f th d d
o e res rre on O e ea

Th d i c i pl
e s b c m f z i d t th ubl i m ity f th t ch i g
es e a e ren e a e s o e ea n

H w th d i c i pl
o e h ll p c h
s es s a rea

Wh t my t i th y h ll g iv
a s er es e s a e

Th my t y f th
e s er u c ti
o t t b giv
e r es t y rre on n o o e en o an

O f th c e ti tu ti
on s f m on o an

O f th c u t f i t f th
e o n er e pi it o e s r

Th t t
e s a e o f th i ful ul ft d th
e s n so a er ea

H w S i ful ul i b ugh t b c k t
o a n so bi ths ro a o re r

O f th gl i ue c i
or o ft d th f th i gh t u u l
s a s en s o n a er ea o e r eo s so

th t h th a c iv d th my t i
a re e e e s er es

O f th t t f t d th f
e s a e a th t h th
er c iv d th my t i
ea o on e a a re e e e s er es

d y t h th t
an e g da ra n s resse

Th e ap l gy f th ul
o o f th m i d t
O e r ers o e s

Th e ap l gy f th ul
o o f th f t
o e r er s o e a e

O f th c i f th t ul i t th i h i t c
e as en s on o a so n o e n er an e

M y i t p t th th t c h i g f m f m
ar n er re e yi g
e ea n ro or er sa n s

Th p i c
e f m
e e o y th t w b ught u t J u
on e a as ro n o es s

A yi g f P ul
sa n o a

Th f f w h u ’
e oes o on e s o n o se

A yi g c c i g b i th
sa n on ern n re r

M y c ti u th t qu ti
ar on n e J u o es on es s

O f th w km e or f w th en o ra

H w th
o ul f th Si
e so i ot mp d w i th i t S i
e n n er s s a e s ns

H w th b p ti m p i fy i
o e a s s ur s ns

Th e sep ti f th p i ci pl
ara on o by th my t y f b p ti m
e r n es e s er o a s

M y i t p t th th
ar n er re e m f m f m yi g
e sa e ro a or er sa n

M y f th q
ar ur ti er th J u u es on e es s

O f th mi i f i cc di g t th my te i
e re ss on o s ns a or n o e s r es

M y i t p t th th
ar n er re e m f m th P lm e sa e ro e sa s
xfi C O NT E NT S .

P A GE

O f th e f giv or v u t tw lv tim f th m wh h v
en ess e en n o e e es o e o a e

c iv d th my t y f th fi t my t y
re e e e s er o e rs s er

O f u c h i i ti t d wh d i W i th u t
s n a e p t c o e o re en a n e

O f th u e di g f giv
n en f th m th t h v
n c iv d th
or en ess o e a a e re e e e

my t y f th i fi bl
s er o e ne a e

O f u c h i i ti t d wh d i W i th u t
s n a e p t c o e o re en a n e

M y i t p t th th
ar n erm f m f m
re e yi g e sa e ro a or er sa n

O f th b lu t c mp i f th b lu t my t y
e a so e o ass o n o e a so e s er

Th t th i i ti t d w tch d v i p i g f m th b d y
a e n a e a re a e o er n a ss n ro e o

M y i t p t th th
ar n er m f m f m
re e yi g e sa e ro a or er sa n

If v e m
en th c mp i t h w muc h m th
en o n ea r are o a ss o n a e , o ore en

th h igh t my t y
e es s er

J u t i th P t
es s r e e er

M y i t p t th th i c i d t f m f m
ar n er re e yi g e n en ro a or er sa n

In th c e f p t c l y h igh my t i th th
ase o re en an e on er s er es an o se

p vi u ly c iv d
re o m i t Si
s re e e c a n re ns

Th l imi t t th umb i f m y t
ere i s n o th f i thf ul m y
o e n e O s ei i e s e a a

rec ei v e

Th e f a te o f th e i n i t i ate d wh Si o n n et h m 13 o re terri bl th
e an h
t at

of th e i g n ora n t Si n n er

y
M ar i n terpreteth th e sa m f m f m e yi g
ro a or er sa n

Of t h m wh p c
e o ro ras ti t y g th y h v m y bi th
n a e, sa i n e a e an r s

b f th m e ore e

T h y wh p c ti t
e o ro ra s n a e a re e xc lud d f m th li gh t
e ro e

T h i t ti t th g
e r en rea es a e a tes O f li gh t
y
M a r i n terpreteth th e sa m e

O f th ed g f ut d k ra on o o er ar n ess

O f th ul e r f th tw lv du g
ers o d th i em e e n eo n s a n e r na es

O f th d e f th du g
o o rs o e n e on s

Th g l th t w tc h t th d
e an e s a a a e o ors

Wh t ul p i t th d g
a so s d h w
a ss n o e ra on , a n o

Th t f th
e n a ur e o m f th d g e na es o e i a on s

O f th v ity f th t m t f th d g
e se er o e or en s o e ra on

O f th v i u d g
e ar o f th fi f th t m
s e tree s o e re s O e or en s

T h d i c i pl
e b w il th f t f S i
s es e a e a e o n n ers

M y fu th q
ar ti
r th J u er u es on e es s

H wt
o v th ul f th u i i ti t d f t d th
o sa e e so s o e n n a e a er ea

H w th my t y w i ll v
o e th m th t h v
s er m e en sa i e e a a e no ore

ch c f b i than e o re r

O f th l igh t t
e m -s re a s

M y pl d th f th m wh h v
ar ea e gl c t d th my t i
or e o a e ne e e e s er es

O f th ffi c cy f th
e e m f th tw lv ul
a o f th d
e na es o e e e r ers o e un

g eon s

Th ul wh k w th
e so s m c p f m th d g
o no e na es es a e ro e ra on s a n d

t k
are t I a en o eou
C O NT E NT S . xfi i

Of t h ei r s ub qu se en t f ate

y
M a r i n terpre teth th e m f m f m yi g sa e ro a or er sa n

O f th l i gh t f th
e d th d k
o f th d g
e su n a n e ar n e ss o e ra on

O f th ul
e r f th f t ers o d th d ugh t f bl ivi
e a e an e ra o o on

Th m
e i g f th t m
ea n n c u t f it f th p i it
O e er o n er e o e s r

O f th f h i i g f
e as w ul
on n O a ne so

O f th i be th i g f th p w
n rea n O e o er

J u p mi th t v l l l i d t i l
es s ro se o re ea a n e a

Th t c h i g
e ea t th l i gh t p w
n as d c u t f it
o f the - o er an o n er e o e

pi i t umm i d
s r s a r se

Wh o a reth p t w e

t b d
a ren s e are o a an on

S l m i i d ub t
a o e s t th m tt
n o as o e a er

M y m v th th d ub t f S l m
.

ar re o e e o o a o e

O f th c h g g iv
e u t th c u t f i t f th p i i t
ar e en n o e o n er e o e s r

O f th c h g g iv
e u t th bu ild
ar e en n o e ers

O f th mb y i c t g f i c
e e r on ti s a es o n a rn a on

O f th k m i c c mpul i
e ar f th p o t s on o e a ren s

Th cc ul t p c f g t ti
e o ro ess o es a on

O f th i c e tin f th
a rn a p i c i pl on O e r n es

O cc ul t phy i g my s o no

O f th tu
e na f th d ti y re o e es n

Of h w m o c m th by hi d th
a an o e s ea

Th i
ere c p f m d ti y
s n o es a e ro es n

O f th t f th my t i
e n a ure o e s er es

Th my t i
e f ll m
s er es are or a en

A p ph cy f J h th B p ti t
ro e o o n e a s

Th c i t i
e r f th d xy
er on O or o o

Th B ke f I
oo s O eo u

F w
e ly wil l lly c mp h d th my t i
on rea o re en e s er es

N o so ul h d t d i t th l i gh t b f th c m i g f th
a en ere n o e e ore e o n o e

fi t my t y
rs s er

Non e o f th p ph t h d b e i i ti t d
ro e s a een n a e

Th p t i c h h v
e a r ar ty t ts d i t th l i ght
a e no e en ere n o e

O f th ul f th igh t u f m A d m t J u
e so so e r eo s ro a o es s

Th e di ci pl k w fs esu ty th t J u i th G t
no o a s re a es s s e rea

I n i ti a tor

E X T RA C T F R OM THE B O O KS O F THE S AV I O UR
Th e d i c i pl
s k b fJ u
es a s a oo n O es s

Th e p y fJ u
ra er O es s

Th e g upi g f th di ci pl
ro n o e s es

Th e i t p t ti
n er f th w d i
re a on o e or f
ao

He p yeth f
ra b t b g iv or a oo n o e en to hi s di s i c pl es
xi v C O NT E NT S .

He c mm d th th v il
o an e e e s of th e h v ea en s to be w ithd w ra n

The figu re o f di k
the s of th e su n

T he figu re o f th d i k e s of th e m oo n

J u
es s and th d i c ipl
e s es are tra n s p o rte d to the wy a s of th e
mid st

O f th e re p en ta n t a n d u n re p en tan t r ul ers

O f th e hi erar ch i es of th e r ul ers an d th e na m es o f h
t ei r fi ve
g t
re en s

O f th p w e th t I
o ersi fu d i t th fi a g t eou n se n o e ve re en s

O f th fu c ti
e f Z u
n th c h i f
on s o g t e s, e e re en

Th m y t y
e m f th g t
s er na es O e re en s

M yq
ar ti th J u
u es th w y
on e f th m i d t
es s on e a s o e s

O f th my t i
e wh i ch J u will g iv u t hi di ci pl
s er es es s e n o s s es

O f th c e ti tu ti
on s f th w y f th m i d t
on o e a s o e s

O f th g t f th fi t d m i l h i c hy
e re en o e rs ae on a era r

O f Ic d M l chi d c
o n an e se e

H w th d m i l ul
o e ae c y fi ul
on a r ers a rr o so s

Th l
e g th f th i t m t
en o e r or en s

O f th tim wh
e ul e f d f m th t m t f th
en so s a re ree ro e or en s o ei r

rul ers

Th e g
re en t O f th e c dd
se o n ae m on i a l hi erar c hy
Th e l g th f th i t m t
en o e r or en s

O f th ti m wh
e ul e f d f m th i t m t
en so s are ree ro e r or en s

Th g t f th thi d d m i l h i c hy
e re en o e r ae on a era r

Th l g th f th i t m
e en Ot e r or en s

O f th ti m wh
e ul e f d f m th i t m t
en so s a re ree ro e r or en s

Th e re g t f th f u th d m i l h i chy
en o e o r ae on a erar

Th l
e g th f th i t m t
en o e r or en s

O f th ti m w h
e ul e f d f m th i t m t
en so s a re ree ro e r or en s

Th g t f th fifth d m i l hi c hy
e re en o e ae on a era r

Th l
e gth f th i t m t
en o e r or en s

O f th ti m w h
e ul e f d f m th i t m t
en so s are ree ro e r or en s

Th di c i pl
e b c h J u t h v m cy up i
s es e see es s o a e er on s n n ers

J u
es g th h i d i c i pl
s en c o u ra e s s es

J u d hi di c ipl c d h igh
es s an s s es a s en er

H b th th
e rea th i ey on e r e es

Th i y
e r e p d
es are o en e

J u xpl i th th vi i f fi
es s e a ne d w t d wie s on o re a n a er, an n e an d

bl d oo

Th e sa m fu th x pl i d f m f m
e r er eyi g a ne ro or er sa n s

J u d h i di c i pl d c d t th
es s an s ths es es en o e ear

J u p mi th t g iv th m th my t y f m m
es s ro se o e e e s er o re i ss n

Th my ti c
e c m t
s sa ra en

Th c m t l i v c ti
e sa ra en a n o a on
C O NT E NT S .

Th e ri te i s umm t dc on s a e

D i c ti
re t th fu tu
on s a s o f th it e re u se o e r e

O f th th
ree o g t it er rea r es

O f th h i gh t f l l my t i
e es o d f th g
a t m s er es a n o e rea na e

O f th ffi c cy f th t
e e a m o a na e

Th pu i hm
e n s t f h i m th t c u
en tho a rse

O f th pu i hm t f th
e n s l d en O e s an e rer

Th pu i hm
e n s t f th mu d en o e r erer

P t p t t th g i t th w m
e er ro es e a a ns e o en

Th pu i hm
e n s t f th c t mp tu u
en o e on e o s

Th p i hm t f th bl ph em

e . un s en o e as er

Th pu i hm
e n s t f h i m th t h th i t c u
en o with m l a a n er o r se a es

The pu i hm n s t f f ul t f c y
en o a o ac O sor er

O f th ft d th t t f th igh t u
e a er- ea s a e O e r eo s

Th c up f w i d m
e o s o

A m an sufi th f ere ch p t i or ea se a ra e s n

Ev en th g t t f i
e rea es if h p e t Sh ll i h i t th
o s n n ers , e re n , a n er e

ki gd mn o

O f th ti m f v u bl f
e e a th b i th
o raf th m wh e h ll fi d
or e r o e o s a n

th my t i e s er es

Th d i c i pl
e s b c h J u t h v m cy up th m
es esee es s o a e er on e

Th p
e c h i g f th d i ci pl
rea n o e s es
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s o u rse u By c om p i g Phil st Epiph i
O r n ae s . ar n a er, a n u s,

an d th P d o T tull i h c v H ipp oly tu


e se u -
d by er an , e re o ers s an

c mp i g hi
o ar n to d H ipp lyt u w i th I
s res u he i f e s re o s ren ae s n r

a c mm o u th ity p ob bly th l o t S y t g m f J ti
on a or ,
r a e s n a a O us n,

or, a s I v n tu d t ugg t i my ss y
e re Si m M g s o s es n e a on on a u

( 189 2 ; p th e w k f m wh i ch J u ti
. ob t i d hi s or ro s n a ne

i n fo m ti r a on .

T h i s b ill i t tt m p t w w i g t th ev i v l f i t st
r an a e as o n o e r a O n ere

i n G o ti c stu di
n s u d by l u cky fi d I 1 842 es aro se a n . n

Mi oid My n l
es dG k t o l ite y m i i o
n as, a ea rn e ree ,
sen n a rar ss n

b y th F ch g v m t di c v d wh t is id t be
e r en o ern en , s o ere a sa o a

f u t e t h c e t u y MS i
o r e n f the m st
n ie M u t
r . n on e O on a er s on o n

A th T h i p u p o t d to b
os . R f ut ti
s f ll H r i s r e e a e a on o a eres e

i t n b k the fi st th e d h l f f wh i ch w
en oo s, m r re an a a o ere u

f t t ly m i s i g Emm u l Mi ll p u b l i h d th fi st
or u n a e s n . an e er s e e r

e d i t i o of t h i s l i t y t u
n t Oxf d i 1 85 1 era r rea s re a or n ,
INT R O D UC TI O N . xi x

erron eo u sly ib u ti n g it to O rig en Fu rth er research


a ttr .
,

h o w ev er d em on strated b eyon d a d o ub t th at the au th or was


,

H ipp oly tu s R om an u s Bi sh op O f O sti a in the fi rst qu arter


, ,

o f the th i rd c en tu ry ( See B u n sen H ipp oly tu s an d His Age


.
, ,

1 85 2; D oll i n g er H ipp oly t u s u n d K a ll i stu s 1 85 3 of wh i ch


, , ,

th ere i s an En g l i sh tran sl ati on b y Plumm er ; a n d l Vords


worth St H ipp oly tu s an d the Chu rch of Rome 1 880 2n d
, .
, ,

ed ). As th i s treati se en ti tl ed Phil osophu m en a or the B ef u


,

t a tion O f a ll H eresi es i s by far the m ost i m p orta n t w o rk on


'
,

G n osti c i sm from the pen of au v Church Fath er ow i n g to ,

i ts l en gt hy qu otat i on s f ro m ori g i n al G n osti c d ocum en ts i t ,

may be u sef ul to state h ere th at in 1 85 9 D u n ck er a f ter ,

Schn eidewin s d ea th edi ted an d p u b l i sh ed his c oll eag u e s


’ ’
,

exc ell en t tex t a n d m o d era te L ati n tran sl a ti on at G Ottin gen 5

in 1 8 60 C r u i c e p u b l i sh ed a l ess rel i ab l e tex t an d L at i n


tran sl ati on a t Pa ri s ; a n d th at th e En g l i sh read er w i ll fin d
a p assab l e tran sl a t i on b y J H Ma cm a h on in the A n te . .

Ni c en e Ch ri sti an L ib rary en ti tl ed The Wri ti n g s O f H ipp o


lytu s , v ol . i .
,
1 86 8 .

Cu i ou ly
r s en o ugh it wa s in the sam ye e ar wh i ch the
in
x
te t of the Phil osophu m en a wa s p u b l i sh ed 1 85 1 t h t o r
, , a u

p resen t d o cum en t Pistis S op h ia wa s rs r , n , fi t b ou g h t i to


gen era l n oti c e .

O f G n ost i c w ork s th a t h a v e c om e d ow n to u s u n d ou b ted ly ,

the m ost v a lu a b l e i s th e C op t i c c od ex O f wh i ch we a re ,

treat i n g in the p resen t w ork In fa c t the on ly o th er i m .


,

p ortan t rel i c O f the G n osi s wh i ch is so far k n ow n to h av e


w i th stood the ra v ages O f ti m e an d esc ap ed the d estruc tion
O f Ch ri st i a n an d Mo h a mm ed a n v an d a l i sm i s the C op ti c ,

p ap y ru s k n ow n as the C od ex Bru cian u s an d p reserv ed in the


,

Bod l ei an at O x ford to wh i ch ref eren c e wi ll be m ad e l ater on


, .

In the sam e l ib rary th ere i s a l so an oth er C op t i c MS a .


,

sm all qu arto o f 23 6 p a g es en t i tl ed T reati se on the My ster i es


,

O f the G reek L et ters to wh i ch an Ar a bi c tran sl ati on i s


,

app en d ed The a u t h or was a p ri est c all ed A tasiu s who


.
, ,

so m ewh at in the f ash i on O f the G n osti c d o c tor Mar cu s ,

d ed uc es from the form of the l etters O f the Greek al p h ab et


XX INT R O D UC TI O N .

an d m i g f th i
the m the d ev el op m t of th
ean n O e r na es, en e

d g m of c e ti o p ov id e c
o as r a d d em p t i o
n, s D ul u i e
r n e an re n, a a r r

t ell ( p
s us i f i t pO . nD ul u .i c i 1 8 4 7
. p , m i . d t a r er n ro se o

p u b l i h the tex t d F ch t
s l t i O f th i w o k b t
an a r en ra n s a on s r , u

hi l b ou
s a h v v s e the l igh t
rs a e ne er e n .

T th i s m y be dd d
o s c a e c t d w i th th m gi c l id
a e ,
a on n e e a a s e

O f the su b j c t m G ek P py i mo tly i f g m t
e , so e re a r s n ra en s .

T wo f the L ey d
O P py i f the th i d c en tu y h v een a r o r r a

re enc tly b ee di t d t l t d n d c omm t t d


e e , p ran s a e , an en a e u on

b y A Di ete i ch ( Ab x
. S t u di
r R el igi o sg ch i ch te
ra as en zu r n es

d es Sp t A l te tum s ; L eip z ig
a ern r th e L o d o d ,
n n an

P i i
ar s an P py i f th th i da f u th c n t u y h v b
r , O e r or o r e r ,
a e een

e di t d b y VV ly i 1 85 2 C W G d w i n l d i d m
e esse n . . oo a so so e

go d wo k
o th e su b j c t ( F g m
r on t f G O Eg y p ti n e ra en o a raec -
a

W k u p M gi c f m P p y u i th B i ti h Mu um
or on a ro a a r s n e r s se ,

C mb idg A ti qu i S c i ty O c t v S i
a r e n N 2
ar a n o e ,
a o er es , O .

G o d w i di t d t sl ted d
o n e e t t d t h i f g m e t)
,
ran a an an n o a e s ra n .

A m él i ( P S I nt
n e au i v ) y s th t Ro si
. .
,
th r . . sa a s e

Egy p tol gi t O f T u i o h s p u bl i h ed a p p y u c t i i g r n, as s a r s on a n n

an i v oc ti si m i l to th o i the Pi ti S op h i b t I
n a on ar se n s s a, u

h v a t b
e no bl e to fi d th i w k It i
een a t i I P py i n s or . s no n a r

C p ti d el Mu
o Egi z i o di T i o wh i ch Ro i t
seo c ib d or n ss ran s r e

an d t l ted ( T u i 1 887
ra n s a r n,

The e i l o r h t H b w t ti Th S w o d O f
s a s a s or e re r ea se , e r

M ( C d O x f d 1 5 3 1 6 ; C od H b G t
oses o ,
or 1 7 8 ; se
, ,
. e .
, as er, e

G t s t xt d t l ti
as er

e J ou l O f Roy l A i ti c
an ran s a on , rn a a s a

S o c i ty 1 89 6 i d
e , ,
. an

Th b v m gi c l wo k h w v e
e a o e a e mo c a ct d r s, o e r , ar re on n e e

w ith the up ti ti fs c y th w i th m gi c p p
ers on s O so r er an a ro er ,

a d wh
n tt ch d to Gen a ti c i m ch
a c t i it d g d
e n os s ara er se s e ra a

t i o i th h
n n d O f th u p ti ti us d ig
e an s t e s ers o an n o ra n .

W m y l o m ti th C d x N
e a a s l th u g h i t
en on e o e a z araeu s , a o

i s s id t a l i e t t b p t M h mm d of wh i ch th e
a ear s o e os -
o a e an , er

a re n o l th f u MS c pi d t d p ec ti v ly 1 5 60
ess an o r . o es, a e res e ,

1 63 2 1 688 , d 1 7 30 i th e Bib l i oth eq u N ti


an le lo e , n e a on a a n .

T h i C od x i th c ip tu f the o c ll d S b
s e s e s r re O s -
a e a aean s, or

Ch i ti n s O f St J oh
r s a M d it . d i k w n, or an a es, an s no n as
INT R O D UC TI O N . xxi

Sid ra A d a m or The Book of A d a m The tex t in a str n g e .


,
a

Cha l daeo S y ri a c idi om wa s fi rst p u b l i sh ed at Lu n d ( 1 8 1 5


-
, ,

b y Matth N orb erg the l earn ed S w ed e tog eth er


.
, ,

w i th a v oc ab ul ary an d a L ati n tran sl ati on in fou r quart o ,

v olum es T h ere is a l so a Fren ch tra n sl ati on b y F T em p es


. .

t i n i in Mig u e s Di c ti on a i re d es A p o c ry p h es C om p are

n

a l so the th esi s S tel l ae N a saraeor u m o


,
n es ex S a c ro G e n ti s

C odi c e b y Ol of S van an der p resum ab ly a p upi l O f N orberg


, ,

( Lu nd ,

F i n ally we may m en t i o n the [ Eth i opi c En ochia n l i tera


tu r e. In 1 7 7 3 B ruc e b rou g h t b a ck f rom Ab y ssi n i a th ree
c opi es O f the E th i opi c v ersi on of The Bo ok of En o ch .

Ar ch bi sh op L a u ren c e i ssu ed a tra n sl ati on in 1 821 ( 2n d c d .


,

1 83 3 3 rd ,un d er the ti tl e The Book o f En o ch .

H o ffm an p ub l i sh ed a G erma n tran sl ati on Das B u ch H en o ch ,

( J en a , GfrOrer a L a t i n v ersi o n of n o v al e ( S t u ggart u ,

1 84 0) D ill man n a c r i ti c a l tex t an d al so a G erm an v e si on r

( L eip z ig 1 85 1
, ; 2n d cd M ig u e s Di c t i on n ai re d es
.
,

A p o c ry p h es ( 185 6) c o n ta i n s an a n on ym ou s Fren ch tran sl a


t i on ; th ere is a l so an a n on ym o u s rep ri n t O f L a u ren c e s

tran sl ati on w i th a c on trov ersia l i n trod uc ti on ( L on d on


, ,

a n d fi n a lly Ch arl es rec en tly


( 1 893 ) p u b l i sh ed an
En g l i sh tra n sl ati on fro m D il l man n s tex t T h i s y ear Ch arl es ’
.

has al so p u b l i s h ed The B ook O f the S ec rets O f En o ch ( O x f ord ) ,

a tran sl a ti on f rom S l a v on i c wh i ch p resen t s u s w i th a n ew ,

tra di ti on en ti rely n a m ely t he S l a v on i c En o ch f ro m a G reek


, , ,

origi n a l wh i ch he p l a c es f ro m B C 3 0 to A D 70 the G reek . . .


,

h av i n g in its turn a H ebre w b a ck g ro un d of a still earl i er


d ate In an A pp en di x is a tran sl ati on from the S l a von i c O f
.

a f ra g m en t o f M el chisedecian l i t erat u re For m ore th an .

1 200 y ears th i s v ersi on O f En o ch ha s b een u n k n o w n sav e in


R u ssi a an d in W estern E u rop e wa s n ot k n o w n to ex i st
,

ev en in R u ssi a ti ll 1 8 9 2 .

O u tsid e of a p o c ry p h a l sc rip tu res an d the w orl d bib l es -


,

th ese are all the d o cum en ts c on n e c t ed di rec tly or i n di re c tly


w i th the G n osi s wh i ch to my k n o wl edg e we p ossess ; an d
, , , ,

in spi te O f the g ood w ork th at ha s b een d on e si n c e 1 85 0 ,


x x ii i N TR O D U C Ti O N .

the ch a G n ti c i sm ti ll r m i t l g e x t t i
os O f os s e a ns o a ar e en h

t ra c t bl a ef u i g to su b m i t t
e, r s nth e d i g O f v the o or er n e en

m t p i ew o thy d p i t k i g i d u t y
os ra s r an a ns a n n s r .

N i theor s f th i s i ll succ
reason m tly d to th o -
ess os ue e

p uc i ty f m te i l b t th to th i t i i c d i ffi cul ty O f
a O a r a ,
u ra er e n r ns

the u b j c t i t l f wh i ch i
s e t
se ly p l t w i t h th most
, s no on re e e e

i v lv d my ti c i m b t l b ou d u p w i th m gi c d
n o e s s ,
u a so n a an

my t y d cc si o lly
s er an c y f ev y k i d It i
o a na sor er o er n . s,

th ef er t m tte f g e t u p i wh n we m emb
o re, n o a a r O r a s r r se, e re er

th b lu te di b l i f f ch l h i p i m gi c Of y k i d
e a so s e e O s o ars n a an n ,

an d th di t te O f th p
e s as t g f v y th i g c o c t d
e r esen a e or e er n nne e

w i th my ti c i m to fi d th t o i gl w i t
s s ,
th
n ub j c t a n s n e r er 0 11 e s e ,

exc p t p e h p Ki g i er av y f b l f h i h s lly
s n n a er ee e as on , a rea

g pp l d w i th th p bl em Th p oi t f v i w f th m t
ra e e ro . e n O e O e os

l ib l m i d d ch ol w i th g d t th i t b d u b j c t
era -
n e s ars re ar o s a ooe s e

m y b s
a f om th em k f D C te wh w ul d
e een r e r ar s o r . as r, o o

h v e m gi c t ted ft the f sh i
a a rea f f lkl a The er a on o o ore .

t l to f Th S w d f M
ran s a r O i eth ec d p g ph
or O oses n e s on ara ra

O f hi i t d c ti
s n
( l ro
p u i t ) w i te
on It i ocm k .b lsu
e . c . r s

s re ar a

th t w do
a t p
e e g d w o k o exh u ti v tu d y
no oss ss a oo r ,
r a s e s ,

on th h i t y d d v l p m t of m gi c It i t u th t
e s or an e e o en a . s r e a

we fi d llu i
n to i t
a d som t i m s p c i l ch p t
s on s ,
an e e s e a a ers

d ev oted t th ch m o d i c t tie ar d th s up e an n an a on s an o er s r

s titi c u tom p v i l i g m g v i u n ti s i b k s
ou s s s re a n a on ar o s a on n oo

d e l i g w i th ch t i o
a n B tsu c om p eh e si v stu d y
na ns . u a r n e

O f m gi c i a ti ll pi u ( o i m pi u ) w i h
s s a A d v
o s r o s s . n , e en

w e uch t k tt m p ted by m v tu om sch l


re s a as a e so e en res e o ar,

th ul t w m y v e tu t u gg t w ul d t b st be
e res ,
e a n re o s es ,
o a e

m lyere g u w o k c m pi l ti o
a ess- d fr e l v l e o a n, an O no r a a u ,

u l e s th c om pi l e i ddi ti to hi ch ol h ip h d t
n s e r n a on s s ars a no

o lyn b l i ef i b t l
a e k owl edg f th t
n u a so a n e o e ar .

T t t f G o ti c i sm th e
O rea O in n lly c om p h n ibl
s ,
n, a rea re e s e

ma e nn qu ir , re ot ly w it wh t l t b l i v es
res n on a r er o a eas e e

in th p sibi l i ti
e os f m gi c b t l o es my ti c at l t
o a ,
u a s a s or ea s

one wh i i ymp thy w i th my ti c i m — p e o diffi c l t


o s n s a s s a rs n u

to fin d w d y wh no th
a v y n m
a s, f m gi c den e er a es O a an

my ti c i m v k e oth i n g b t sm i l f c o t m p t n d
s s e o n u a e o n e a
INT R O D UC TI O N . x xiii
a fro w n of di sapp rov al from the wo l d r Of ci ce
s en an d

l etters.

The presen t I n trod uc ti on h ow ev er is on ly c on c ern ed


, ,

w i th the p urely h i stori c al an d c ri ti c al sid e of the subj ec t ,

an d ev en th i s is restr i c ted to t he c on sid era t i on O f o n e


d o cum en t .

T h ou g h it w o ul d b e h i ghly p resu mp tu ou s to en d ea v ou r
to d efi n e G n ost i c i sm w i th o u t a p rev i o u s an a ly si s Th e

cl a ssifi c ati on of the v ari ou s sch ool s sec ts tl g “


é g
an d

an d o ffsh o ots wh i ch h a v e b een grou p ed u n d er G ti c


a z t
,

n os

th i s v a g u e h ea di n g we may n ev erth el ess v en tu re d t


,
O C orS

to su gg est the p ro b ab l e p o i n t of v i e w wh i ch l ed the b est


of the G n osti c d o c tors pre e m i n en tly V a l en ti n u s to c o m pi l e
,
-
,

th ei r v ar i o u s treati ses L et u s th en c on sid er the m ov em en t


.

ab o u t the y ea r 1 5 0 A D B y th at ti m e the origi n a l L ogi a


.

or th e U r evan geliu m O f Ch r i sti an i ty had di sa pp ea red an d ,

the S y n op ti c G osp el s w ere all set in the fra m ew ork of the

tradi ti on a l l if e O f the g ea t Ma ster of the Fa i th


r The .

p op ul ar tid al w a v e of the n ew rel igi on had c o me exclu si v ely


-

from the o c ean O f J ew i sh tradi ti on an d was en g ul fi n g ,

a m ore u n i v ersa l v i ew o f Ch ri st i a n i ty in the sa m e floo d o f

i n tol eran c e an d exclu si v en ess wh i ch had ch ara c te i sed the r

H ebrew n ati on th rou g h out the wh ol e of its p rev i ou s


h i story .

T h i s startl i n g p h en om en on was n ow attra c ti n g the


a tten t i on o f m i n d s wh i ch w ere n ot on ly sk i ll ed in the
p h i l osop hy of the sch ool s bu t al so i m b u ed w i th the ecl ec ti c
,

Spi ri t of a u n i v ersal th eosop hy an d a k n o wl edg e of the


in n er d oc tri n es of the an ci en t rel igion s S uch men .

th ou g h t t h at th ey sa w in the Ch ri sti an G o sp el a si m i l ari ty


of d o c tri n e a n d a u n i v ersal i sm wh i ch wa s c o n san g u i n eo u s

w i th th ese i n n er tea ch i n g s of the an c i en t fai th s an d set to ,

w ork to en d eav ou r to ch eck the exclu si v e an d n arrow i n g


ten d en c i es wh i ch t h ey sa w so rapid ly d ev el o pi n g a m on g
the l ess i n stru c ted who m a d e fa i th su p er i or to k n o wl edg e
, ,

ev en to such an ex ten t a s to O p en ly c on d em n ev ery oth er

form of rel igi on an d sc o ff at all p h i l osop hy an d ed uc ati on .


INT R O D UC TI O N .

It i s tr u e th t b ut th i s ti me uch m
a a o o e s Cl m e t s en ar s a e n

of A l x d i
e an d O ig wh v i c d m uch m
r a an r l ib l
en o o e ore era

vi w e d l id th fo u d ti o s of Ch i sti
s an a e th ol og y b t n a n r an e ,
u

th y w ee xc pti t th ul e
re e e on s o e r .

Th G osti c d c t
e n c ul d ot b l i ev e t h t the J w w e
o o rs o n e a e s er

the ly ti i th p t t wh m G d h d v l d
on na on n e as o o o a re ea e

h i m l f d th t th sc ip tu of th
se , an a ti o ew t b r res e na ns ere o e

c t th d u th p f f l h d d o A d y t th ey
as on e s ea O a se oo an e rr r . n e

saw th t th ld o d
a f th i g h d ec i v ed
e O r er ou d ho ck n s a r e a r e s ,

an d th t th fi e c f i th wh i ch h d b ee
a e r e u d m g th
a a n a ro se a on e

p p l i th p o l ity of J u
eo e n e d the
ers n a c i l v olu ti o es s, an so a re n

wh i ch w u h i g l o g w ith l p d b ou d u d th i
as r s n a n ea s an n s n er e r

v e y y c ul d n v b d m m d b ck g i
r e es , o e er All t h y e a e a a a n . e

c oul d h p t d w to tu th
o e o o gy g as ted i t rn e en er en e ra n o a

m u i v s l ch
ore n l A cc di g ly th ey u d th t di
er a an n e . or n se e ra

t io l t y of J e u wh i ch h d
na s or used uch m igh ty th
s s a ro s en u

i m th f m w k i t wh i ch th y w v e th w i d om “
s as , as e ra e or n o e o e s

O f the g e t el igi o r a B el i v i g
r t h y did th t t u th
ns . e n ,
as e ,
a r

w o e
as n d t o ti m
, an ap ct f p n n tie ; a res e er o erson s o r a on s

th t ll th
a a ti o h d e nac ei v d o f t h t t u t h i p o p t i o
ns a re e a r n r or n

t oth i e r d d c p c i ti
n ee th y w o v e th
s an aid i t
a es , e ese ea s n o

th Ch i t i
e t di ti o
r s and c o m pi l ed g o p l
ra d p c ly p
n , an s e s an a o a ses

o f th t v i l d
a d my t i u
e e w i d m wh i ch h d b ee
an s er o s s o a n

gu d d ar ec fully i th t m p l th ug h u t th g
so are n e e es ro o e a es ,

an d i t wh i ch t h y b l i v d J u h d b
n o e i i ti t d d
e e e es s a een n a e an

w i hi tu
as n i i ti to N o did th y much i v n t
s rn an n a r . r e so n e

th th i g
ese t O f th i
n w h d
s ou i t w ul d pp e r o b t n ea s as o a ear , u

ra th c ompi l d th m f m ex i ti g c ip t u
er e e m y of ro s n s r res, an

wh i ch h v e i c e di pp d T h y d ew f m th w i d m
a s n sa ea re . e r ro e s o

of Egy p t Ch l d , B byl i A sy i Ph oe i c i fEthi pi


a aea, a on a , s r a, n a, O a,

the b ok of O p h eu
o s Py th g r d Pl t f th M gi
s, a ora s a n a o, O e a

a d Z
n t ;
o roa s erd v pe h p i an m i di c t w y f m
e en r a s n so e n re a ro

th e of th B ahm
os e T h i u c f i f m ti w f
r an s . e r so r e O n or a on as or

th m t p t th O i
e os t
ar e r en .

B l i v i g th y did th t the o th d x l if f J u w s
e e n as e ,
a r o o e o es s a

l g d y d ll g i c l d fi di g m n y th l g n d
e en ar an a e or a , an n n a o er e e s

cu t wh i ch w n t i clud d i the S y p ti c cc ou t ;
rren ere o n e n no a n
xx vi INT R O D UC TI O N .

gi v en b y K ostl in ( v i ) i s u n v erifi ab l e t en the Mu seum . . .

bo u gh t it is n o t stated It was ev id en tly b efore the g eat . r

sa l e of the A sk e w l ib rary wh i ch l ast ed t wen ty d a y s i n 1 7 85 ,

for the Pistis S op h i a is n ot m en t i on ed in th e c atal og u e

( Bib l i oth ec a A sk ev ian a Man u sc i pta etc 1 7 8 5 ; v A sk ew r ,


.
,
.
,

A . Ca t R M )
, The MS is w ri tten on v ellum in G reek
. .

u n c i a l l etters a n d is in the Upp er Egy p t i an dia l ec t c all ed


, ,

Theba dic or S ah idi c


i It c o n si sts o f 3 4 6 q u art o p ag es .

w ri tten in d ou bl e c olum n a d fo the m ost p art is in an ,


n r

exc ell en t state o f p r eser v at i on ; sev e al p a g es h o w ev er are r , ,

b ad ly d efa c ed an d a n um b er fai n t Perh ap s the most


, .

c om p eten t ex p ert who ha s yet gi v en a d ec id ed opi i on a s n

to i ts d at e i s Woid e wh ose k n o wl edg e of such m a tters was ,

v e y ex ten si ve an d c an ot be easi ly surp assed It was b y


r ,
n .

Woide th a t the N ew T estam en t a cc ordi n g to the tex t of ,

th e f a m o u s C od ex A l ex an d ri n u s wa s edi ted in u n c i a l typ es , ,

c a st to i m i tate th ose of the MS in 1 7 86 In an A pp en di x .


,
.

to t h i s g ea t u n d ertak i g in 1 7 9 9 he a dd ed c ertai n f ra g
r n , ,

m en t s of the N ew T esta m en t in the Theba icO C opti c di a l ec t -


,

tog eth er w i th a di sser tat i on 0 1 th e C op ti c v ersi on of the 1

N ew T esta m en t The d a te of th e C od ex A l ex a d ri u s i s
. n n

p retty gen erally assign ed to the fi fth c en tu ry a n d wi th the ,

exc ep t i on of the C o d ex V a t i c a n u s an d the C od ex Sin a iti cu s ,

wh i ch are som eti m es assig n ed to the fourth c en tury is the ,

O l d est ex t an t MS o f th e N e w T esta m en t T h i s b ei n g
. .

the c a se i t i s of i n terest to rea d Wo id e s d es c rip ti on


a n d o pi n i on O f th e MS o f Pi stis S op h i a wh i ch wa s l en t to .
,

t h i s rip e sch ol ar b y D r A sk e w a n d his h ei rs l on g en o gh . u

for him t o c op y it ou t f om the fi rst w o d to the l a st r r .

Woide wa s th e efore em i n en tly fi tted in ev e y way to f orm


,
r ,
r

an o pi i on ; in f a c t n o on e o f eq u a l fi tn ess seem s to h a v e
n ,

a pp eared i n the fi el d si n c e hi s ti m e In C ram er s Beytrage


’ '

( Op i nf. c it pp 8 2
. W o i d e w ro te a s f oll o ws in 1 77 8
.
,
.


It [ P S ] is a v e y ol d MS i n 4to on p archm en t in G reek
. . r .

un c i al ch a a c ters wh i ch are n ot so rou d a s th ose in the


r ,
n

A l ex an d i n e MS in L on d on a n d i n the Cl aromon tain MS


r .
, .

in Pa i s [ C od ex R egi u s Parisi en si s al so an A l ex an d i n e tex t]


r ,
r .
i N TR O D U CT i O N . x x v ii
The ch a ra c te rs O f the MS .

[ P S . .
] a re so m ewh at lo g n er a n d

m o re an g ul
h t I t k th em to be l d th n b oth the
ar, so t a a e o er a

l tt
a MSS in wh i ch th l ette s et
er .
,
th t mi c h e r a, e a, o ron , r o

a n d sig m e much ou d e
a ar Th e e n c pi t l l ette s
r n r . r are o a a r

in the wh ol e b k the l t te s e ll
oo qu l o ly t th d e r ar a e a ,
n a e en

o f th l i e th e n es som t i m s m ll er l tte s to b i g the


ar e e e s a er e r r n

wo d i r T h e e o oth m k s of di ti n c ti th n
n . er ar n er ar s on a a

f ull t0p c ol o
s The wo d
or e n ot s p
n . ted f om e ch r s ar e ara r a

oth th p
er g ph e n ot di sti g u i sh ed b y b
a ra ra k b t
s a re n rea s, u

b y f ull t p A t th e b gi
s o s i g of th b o k of th c d
. e nn n e o , e se o n

p t n d O f th tw pp e di c e the fi t l tte i s n ot in
ar a e o a n s, rs e r

a d v c e of the l i e If th p g p h be gi s w i th the l i e
an n . e a ra ra n n ,

I h v e om ti m th u g h l d om m k ed th t the fi st
a s e es , o se ,
re ar a r

l ett i i d v n c f the l i e If the p g p h b gi s i


er s n a a e o n . a ra ra e n n

th m idd l
e f l i e som eti m b t ot ft th fi t l ette
e o a n es , u n O en , e rs r

of th foll ow i g l i n e i om wh t ad v c ed H
e n d s s e a an . ere an

th e l er ec t i o
a so i a ot d s t he dg e b y m k th t
n s n e on e a ar a

l ook s lmost l i k e a G e k z t o b y l i f om th edg e


a r e e a, r a ne r e

to b v the w d If the p g p h b egi


a o e or .t the ara ra ns a

b gi i g f the l i e the m k s
e nn n o th sa m e l i e ; if
n ,
ar a re 0 11 e n

it b gi n s i the m idd l e of t he l i
e n th y e t the b gi n i n g n e, e ar a e n

of t h foll w i g l i
e o The f ol i sn um b ed i G eek
n e. o a re n er n r

l tte
e rs .

T hu s we see th t Woid p l c the d te O f th M S t a e a es a e . a

l ate t b ut th l tt e e d of th f u th c e tu y It is l o
s a o e a r n e o r n r . a s

qu i te v id n t th t the wh ol MS f om fi t t l t is b y the
e e a e . r rs o as

sa m e h d d t h t it ian , c op y f oth e MS T h e
an a s a o an r . er

a e
r ls a f ew c o ec ti o s at th t p o b ott m f the
o a rr n e o r o o

c lum s b y h a d of th m e d t An i sp ec ti n of it
o n a n e sa a e . n o s

c on ten t ev e l s the f u th i di sp u t b l e f c t th at the C p ti c


s r a r er n a a o

t xt w
e t n ly
as n o t l ti f om a G k igi l b t
o a ran s a on r r ee or na , u

th t i t h s p se v ed n
a a m u qu n ti ty f th igi l
re r a en or o s a o e or na

G eek te m s w ith u t an y tt m p t at t sl ati


r r o This a e ran on .

m y t o c e b seen f m S chw tz e L t i n v si o

a a n e i ro ar s a er n, n

wh i ch h h s l o p se v ed th s i um e ab l G e k
e a a s re r e e nn r e r e

w o d w i th ou t t sl ti n
r s ran a o .

The wh ol e tyl e of th e w o k m o ov e s is f ign to r ,


re r, ore
x viii
x i N TR O D U C T IO N .

the C p ti c idi om
o , as ma y b e I n troseen fro m A mél in ea u

d uc ti on to his F en ch v e si on ( p x ) wh ere he w ri tes


r r .
,

W h oev er has an y k n owl edge o f the C op ti c l an g ua g e


k n o ws th at th i s idi om is foreig n to l on g sen ten c es ; th a t
i t i s a ton g e em i n en tly a a ly ti c a d b y n o m ea n s syn
u n n

th eti c ; th at its sen t en c es a re c o m p osed of sma ll cl a u ses


exc eedi n g ly p rec i se a n d a lm ost i n d ep en d en t o f ea ch o th er
, .

O f c ou rse a ll C op t i c a u t h o rs are n t equ ally easy som e of o ,

t h em a e ev en exc eedi n g ly di ffi cul t to u n d ersta n d


r b t th i s u

much is c erta i n that n ev e u n d er a y c i rc m stan c es in


,
r n u

C opti c do we c om e a c ross th ose p eri od s w i th c omp l i c ated


i n c id en ta l sen ten c es of th ree or f ou r diff eren t cl a u ses
, ,

wh ose el em en ts a re sy n th eti c ally u n i ted tog eth e so th at r

the sen se o f t he e n ti re se ten c e c a n o t be g asp ed b eforen n r

we a ri v e a t the l a st cl a se
r N eve th el ess th i s i s j u st
u . r ,

wh at the ead er m eets w i th in th i s work The sen ten c es


r .

are so en ta g l ed w i th i n c id en ta l a n d c omp l i c a ted p rop o


n

sit ion s t h a t o f ten i n d eed very o f ten the C op ti c tran sl at or


, , ,

has l ost the th read so to say a n d m a d e m a i n p rop osi ti on s


, ,

ou t of i n c id en ta l cl a u ses so t h a t we fi n d the c on t i n u a t i on
,

o f the fi rst p rop osi ti o n th ree or f o u r p a g es f u th er on r .

T h i s p ecul i ari ty i s n ot c alcul at ed to fa c i l i tate the t an s r

l ati on of a w ork the id eas in wh i ch are in th emselv es v ery


,

diffi cul t to c om p reh en d the o n e th i n g th at it c on clu si v ely


p ro v es is th at the b ook was origi n ally wri tten in a l earn ed
l an g u a ge th at c on sequ en tly n on e of the idi oms sp ok en in
the O ri en t c oul d h av e b een the origi n a l l an g u ag e in wh i ch
the w o k i n q u est i o n was c on c ei v ed a n d w ri tten ; th at we
r

mu st a cc o din gly ch oose b et w een G eek an d L ati n ; th at


r r

on ly o n e o f th ese l an g a g es a t th i s p eri od the sec on d


u ,

c en tury [ the d ate a ssig n ed to the origi n a l b y A mél in ea u ]



is at a ll l i k e ly i n Eg y p t n a m ely G eek , ,
r .

A mél i n eau m ak es rath er too m uch o f the ab stru se n a tu re


of the su b j e c t f or th o u g h m a n y p assag es are tran sc en d en t
,

a lly my sti c a l n ev erth el ess the wh ol e i s c on c ei v ed


, in a
n a ra ti v e o r d esc ip ti v e styl e
r r T h ere is o attem p t at . n

p h i l osop h i c a l a g um en t n o i n volv ed l ogi c al p op osi ti on s ;


r ,
r
INT R O D UC TI O N . xxix
the re may a sol be a n ot he
h ll su gg e t l te r rea son , a s we s a s a r

o n,f th
or l i g of the th d N ev erth el ss the m i n
e

os n rea . e a

ar g um e t of th i l e ed C op ti c ch ol i u
n s arn w e bl e s ar s n an s ra .

A d otn n ly is i t ev id e t th t we a e d e l i g w i th
on n a r a n a

tran s al ti i n t C p ti c f om G eek b t l th t G
on o o
l r r ,
u a so a
en era
we e n ot d e l i g w i th
ar i n gl e w o k b t t
a n ly i a s r ,
u a an a s s

l e t w i th two t e ti s s f g m e ts of on e of wh i ch gft?
as r a e ,
ra n
i

h v e b e i tw p l c i t d in the b d y O f
a e n n o a es n ser e o

the m i t
a n ti d
rea l g f g m en t pp d ed t the
se , an a ar er ra a en a

e d of th e MS
n The m i . ti v e l so i b ok en b y a n n arra a s r

s ev e l i mp tan t l cun d e in n c se t the l o of


ra or a ae, u o e a o ss

sev l l e v e f the MS n d g n lly to th c el s e s


era a s o .
, a e era e ar es n s

of the c ib e s r th M S i m ov e v id en tly i c m p l ete


. s, ore er, e n o .

A g l a ly si s f the c o t ts ev e l s the f ll ow i g
en era na o n en r a o n

ge l ou tl i e f c n t t th
n era n o fe n c es b i g to the
o en s, e re re e n

p gi ti on of the MS d p t d in S chw tz e s tex t wh i ch


a na . a o e ar

is r et i d b tw e n b ck ts in th p e e t t
a ne e e ral ti e e r s n ra n s a on .

Pi stis S op h i a B ook I ,
. 1 - 1 24
Pi sti s S op h i a B ook II ,
. 1 26 -35 7
F rom the B ook s of the S a v i o u r 3 5 7 -3 9 0

T h ere is, h ow v e e r, d oes th ere


no t t i le to B ook I.
,
n or

seem to b e a n y r easo n why th e t i tl e Th e S ec on d Book o f



Pistis S o p h i a sh o ul d b e i n serte d wh er e i t i s rig h t i n the ,

m iddl e of the n arrati v e .

Book I I en d s h al f way d ow n p a g e 3 5 7 a n d the whol e


. ,

su b j e c t a b ru p tly ch a n g es w i th th e h ea di n g Ex tra c t f rom ,


th e B ook s O f the S a v i o ur .

In addi ti on to th ese th ree m a i n di v i si on s of th e MS two .


,

p ages ( 25 3 w ith the sam e h ea di n g Ex tra c t fro m the ,

Book s of the S av i ou r are i n serted at h ap h a zard in the ,

m idd l e of Book 11 T h ey h av e n o ref eren c e to wh at goes


.

b efore or wh at foll ow s ; n or are th ey q u i te O f the sa m e


n at u re a s t he l en g th i er Ex tra c t a t the en d of the MS .

T h ere is m oreo v er a n ote wh i ch o ccu pi e s the l ast c olumn


, ,

O f B ook I an d wh i ch has n ot the sl ig h test ref eren c e to the

rest of the n arrati v e ; why i t i s i n serted in t h i s p l a c e i s a


XXX INT R O D UC TI O N .

my te y It w p ob b ly O pi ed i b y m i st k o the
s r . as r a o n a e, r

C p ti c t l t fo m
o ra n s a o r n the dd ed r so t e rea so or o r a a no e

f m m th b o k m t p b bly
ro so e o er of the Bo k s of
, os ro a on e oo

th S v i o u
e a r
.

A t the e d f the MS a d f te th c o clu i o


n O f the .
, n a r e n s n o

n arra ti v th i e, ex t l e f wh i ch h
er e ly the l ft h n d
s an ra a a s on e -
a

c lum p ti lly fi ll d w i th w i ti g Th u bj c t i h
o n ar a e r n . e s e s ere

a g i c m p l t ly ch g d
a n o d l d
e e s to u pp os th t
an e , an ea s u s e a

s me l
o v s ea m i i g b f it
e a re ss n e or e .

F i lly t p g 379
na , ig h t p g s o f u l v of th
a a e e a e r o r ea es e

MS h v di pp
. a ed sa eare .

A g e l v i w O f the en ra tu f th e ub j c ts t ted of na re o e s e rea

m yb a e f om th c t t t b l wh i ch c o si t f th
e se n r e on en s a e, n s s o e

i d t d umm i I h v e dd ed to th e t x t
n en e s ar es a a e .

Th qu ti e th t x t i i wh t w the o igi l
es on a ne a r ses s a as r na

l ek w k f m wh i ch th C p ti c t l ti f
Th d t
re or ro e o ra n s a on o
e a e
an d th P t S phi w m d e I m c v i c d th t
is is o a as a e . a on n e a

$ ?2 igi l th th th f m u A p c
1 (
11 1 th
1
w o e or na as n o er an e a o s o a

th G e k l yp f S op h i c om p o d b y V l ti u the m t
ree se o a, se a en n s, os
mgm l
o
l a
d d c t f th G i wh l i v d f th i ty
'
earn e o or o e n os s, o e or r

y ears i Eg yp t i th e l tt
n h l f f the sec o d c n tu y d
n a er a o n e r , an

w l
as a so a m t of th G k l g u g e i wh i ch h w ot
as er e ree an a , n e r e

hi t e ti
s r a B t the f u th
ses . c id e ti o f th i p i n t
u r er on s ra n o s o

mu t b p tp d f th C mm t y I p p
s e os on e to w i t
or e o en ar ro ose r e,

an d i wh i ch n c mp i b tw a th Pi ti S p h i
o ar son d e een e s s o a an

th est
e r f th f g m t of t he w i ti g o f V l ti u
o e ra en s r n s a en n s

wh i ch h v e c m d w to a w i ll be tt m p ted It is
o e o n u s, a e .

s u ffi c i t t t te h en th t th i
o s a v i w i upp t d by ere a s e s s or e

W id J bl k i L C z S hol t D ul u i S ch w tz
o e, a on s ,
a ro e , c z e, a r er , ar e,

R en a n , R v ill t U se e e a d A m él i e
an the l t o f wh om
,
n r , an n au , as ,

i n hi s E y Egy p ti G ti c i m d i th i t d c ti o
ssa on an n os s an n e n ro u n

t hi t
o l ti o of th Pi ti S p h i h s d l t t l gth
s ran s a n e s s o a, a ea a en

w ith th m tt The g u d ed
e a pi i n f H
er . ck l o ar o n o o arn a a s

a ll w f the d te of V l ti us I hi s y o the
o s or a a en n . n s e sa n

su b j c t i e 1 89 1 ( p i f cit pp 9 5
n th f m u s Bib l i c l
o . n . .
,
. e a o a

c i t i c gi v th t m i u
r es q e 1 40 d the t m i n u
er n s a uo as ,
an er s

a d qu m e302 H b a es t h
as l i t l i m i t o the f c t
. e s e ear es n a
INT R O D UC TI O N .

t h t a Go p l
the d P ul i Epi stl es
s e s an e eg d d i th
a ne ar r ar e n e

t ex t s H oly S c ip tu e
a d ev p ss g e f m the Epi tl
r r ,
an en a a a ro s e

to the R om is qu ted b y the u th o


an s s a s y i g o f J esu
o a r a a n s

b y the m ou th f P ul N w th P ul i e w i ti g we e o a . o , e a n r n s r

n vee p k n f
r s H oly S c ip tu e b fo e the ti m of
o e o as r r e r e

A to i u Pi u s
n n n Th l te t l i m i t is a i v d t b y the
s e a s rr e a

p ge b ou t p e secu ti o 0 p g e 27 7 wh i ch l e d s H n ck
a ssa a r n 11 a , a ar a

to c on j ec t u e th t the u th o w s w i ti g
r a t ti m e wh e
a r a r n a a n

the Ch i sti s w e e sti ll l w


r f lly p e secuted ; b t on th
an r a u r u .
e

oth e h n d the
r u th o d oes n ot seem to h v e w i tt n i
a a r a r e n a

p secut i on h h d gon th u g h T hu H n ck l i m i te
er e a e ro . s ar a e na s

th p e cuti on of M x i m i
erse d i v e t the 302 l i m i t
a n an a rr s a .

B t l l t h i i v y u n s ti f c to y ;
u a s s d d ed uc ti n m d e
er a s a r an o s a

f o m i t n l v id c th ou g h
r n er a e en ti a l p rt O f the
en e, an ess a

h igh e c i ti c ism a in th i s c se b sed o t o l d


r r ,
re a a n o s en er

p m i ses The m eth od f A meli


re . who c om p the o n eau , ares

k w f g m en ts of V l ti u wi th th tex t f Pi tis
no n ra a en n s e o s

S p h i is the o ly
o a, lly ti sf c to y t st n r ea sa a r e .

B t wh tu f the f g m t a f m th Bo k f th
o ra en s ro e o s O e

S v i ou wh i ch h v b een i n e t d in n d dd d t Th
a r a e s r e a a e o
e
th tex t f th Pisti s S p h i p op
e o e ? O p g B k o a r er n a es oo s

24 6 n d 3 5 4 m ti on is m d e of c e t i B ook
a

O f I eo u wh i ch J su p e
en

m i es to g i v e to h s d i c i pl s
s ro
S u
s
a r a n

i s e
s
av10 r .

wh n h h s fi i h d th tea ch i g o wh i ch h i s en g g ed
e e a n s e e n n e a .

I th fi t c se
n e f ew p g s l te on ( 25 3) th fi t h o t
rs a ,
a a e a r e rs s r

ex t c t is i
ra ted i the tex t
n ser nd i the sec n d
n , a n o ,

alm t i mm di tely
os ft th e Pisti a S p h i t e ti s i
a er , e s o a r a e s

c clu d d ( p g e
on e nd w a fin d th st f th MS a e e re o e .

d ev t d to f l o g e ex t c t f om th B k of the S v i ou
o e a ar n r ra r e oo s a r .

T h ese x t c ts b ee emra k b l i m i l a ity to th c o t n t


ar a r ar a e s r e n e s

of th e C op t i c P p y u wh i ch the f mou s S c otti sh t v ell


a r s, a ra er

B uc e b u g h t to E gl d i 1 7 69 f om Upp e Egy p t
r ro n an n r r ,

a d b eq u e th d to the c
n a f the B d l i n L ib
e y T his
a re o o e a rar .

P p y u s c o si sts of 7 8 l v e
a r n e ch c on t i n i n g f om 27 ea s, a a r

to 3 4 l i n 29 c e ti met
es , h ig h b y 1 7 w id e ot i oll
n res ,
n n r

b t i b ook f m
u n It is w i tte in G eek ch
or . c te s d r n r a ra r an

i s in th Th b ic — C p ti c di l c t l i k e th Pi ti S p h i
e e a o o a e e s s o a .
xxxi i INT R O D UC TI O N .

S om e tw en ty l eav es at l ea st are m i ssi n g an d ev en wh en ,

Bruc e fou n d it it was in a v ery di l apid ated c on di ti on .

It wa s f u rth er i n j u red b y n eg l e c t an d d a m p in the


Bod l ei an wh en Woid e fo u n d i t an d c aref ully c opi ed it
,
.

Woide c on sid ered th a t it wa s the Egy p ti an form of the


Pistis S op h i a w ri tten b y Val en ti n u s in C op ti c It is ho w .
,

ev er , e v id en tly a tra n sl a t i o n l i k e th e Pisti s S op h i a f ro m

the G reek a n d l i k e the Pi sti s S op h i a i s c ra mm ed f ull of


,

the G eek o igi n al tech n i c al term s


r r S chwartz e al so Copi ed .

it. In 1 8 9 1 Amél in ea u p u b l i sh ed a t ex t an d a Fren ch


tra n sl at i o n a t Pa ri s a n d in 1 89 2 S chm id t p u b l i sh ed a tex t
,

an d a G e m an tran sl at i on a t L eip z ig
r .

S chm id t has sorted o u t th i s p u zz l i n g ch aos of l ea v es


w i th the foll o w i n g resul ts
The C od ex c on si sts o f two t eati ses qu i te di sti n c t in r

ma tter an d ch ara cter The fi rst is di v id ed i n to two p arts


.
,

th e t wo B ook s of Ieo u u n d er the g en era l ti tl e The B ook


, ,

o f the G rea t L og os a cc ordi n g to the My stery o f Ieou


] .

The sec on d trea t i se ha s n o t i tl e an d i s foll o w ed b y a l on g ,

Hymn to the G osi s al so w i th o u t ti tl e The Fi st Book of


n ,
. r

Ieou O p en s w i th t he t i tl e T h i s is the Book o f the K n o w


,

l edge O f the I v i sib l e God n .

O n e th i n g is a b u d a tly cl ear on ev ery p a g e n a m ely


n n , ,

th at we are d eal i n g w i th a MS wh i ch c on ta i n s the id eas .

o f the sa m e sch ool as t h at to wh i ch the Pisti s S o p h i a an d

the B ook s of th e S av i ou r b el on g I fa c t th e l on g er Ex tra c t


. n ,

from the Book s o f the S a v i ou r p ra c ti c a lly gi v e s the sam e


a cc ou n t of the th ree b ap ti sm s as t h at f o u n d in f ar g rea ter

f ul n ess in the C od ex Bru cian u s .

W h eth er or n o t the Ex tra c ts from the Book s o f the


S av i o r app en d ed to the MS of the Pistis S op h i a b el on g
u .

t o the m i ssi g p o t i on s of the C od ex Bru cia n u s


n r or ,

wh eth er the t an sl at or from the Greek abridg ed some


r

p orti on of the Book s of Ieou to gi v e his read ers an id ea of


th ese b ook s to wh i ch th e t ex t of the Pisti s S op h i a ha d
j u st m ad e referen c e it is i mp ossibl e to say ; th i s much is
,

c ertai n th at the Book s of the S av i ou r an d the treati ses of


,
xxx iv INT R O D UC TI O N .

w e m d a d m i st k s m y h v c p t i
er a e, n O of tha e e a a e re n . ne es

c opi s w s c i d u p th Ni l
e a arr e d t l t d i to th e e an ra n s a e n e

v ern a c u l G k b i g b t l i ttl u d t d
ar , ree h igh p
e n u e n ers oo so u

the i v r Th ter . l t w v id tly t v y ccu t


e ra n s a o r as e en no a er a ra e

p erson , a s m y b s f m hi c u l i
a ti
e f c p
een ro s as a n ser on o s ra s

f om th e b ok m
r o r v hi k owl edg of th ubj c t
o s o reo er, s n e e s e

w a s so up fi c i l th t h h d to l v e m y t m s i th
s er a a e a ea an er n e

o igi
r l d d oub tl m d gu
na ,
an t th s It i
ess lo a e esses a o er . s a s

p ob b l th t h dd d m th i g s d ub t c t d th s
r a e a e a e so e n an s ra e o er

on th c e f th od xy
e s or m y b
o or by i p c ti o ,
as a e seen an ns e on

o f th t o f th f g m e t o f V l
e r es ti u e Th w ra i m n s a en n s . e ea r so e

l gth f th P lm f i t c wh i ch Pistis S op h i
en O e sa s, or n s an e, a

re cit i hes p t c e f ll w d b y t h sh t xc p t
n er re en a n s, o o e e or er e er s

f m th S l om i c O d l d s
ro e a t onu pp e th t V l es, ea on e o s os a a en

ti u qu t d
n s ly f w t i k i g v s s f m ch P lm ;
o e on a e s r n er e ro ea sa

an d th t t h m a th d x t e l t w i th th t l v of
ore or o o ra n s a or , a o e

w i m ep ti ti o
ear so e rch c t i ti c f m k i h pi ety
e n so ara er s O on s ,

a dd d th oth l e s pp i t v
e e er w i th wh i ch he w
s a os e erses, as

v y f m i l i wh i l h w c m p ell d to l v th S l om o i c
er a ar , e e as o e ea e e a n

Od es a s th y tood w i g to hi l ck f
e s cqu i t c Wi th
o n s a o a a n an e

th o igie r l na s .

M v th t l t mu t h v i th e t sl t d o
oreo er , e ran s a o r s a e e r ra n a e ,
r

po d t
ssesse l ti a f The B k of th S v i u
ran s a on d O ,
oo s e a o r an

The B o k f I o Th w
s O l m st p b b ly
eo u . m ese ere a so o ro a a co

pil ti a f V l t i u o p h p Th B o k
on O a en f th e S v i u
n s, r er a s e o s o a o r

w e e c ompi l ti o of V l t i u f m th l d B k f
r a a n a en n s ro e o er oo s O

Ie ou wh i ch m y h v b l g d t th fEthi pic E chi


, a a e e on e o e o no an

l i t tu f th y
era re , t t d i
or th Pi tis S p h i (p g s
e a re s a e n e s o a a e

246 d 35 4) t h v
an b n w i tte d ow i P di e b y
o a e ee r n n n a ra s

E och
n d p,
an v ed f om th Fl oodreser r e .

Th MS of th C op ti c t
e . l t w 00pi ed tow d s t h
e ran s a or as ar e

e nd f th f u th c t u y b y
O e o m ig o t c py i t who
r en r so e n ra n o s ,

m d m y mi t k
a e an f th g p hy It w
s a c pi d b y
es o or o ra . as o e

o e m
n t k
an , as a d hu i d ly x cu ted
as d I sh oul d
,
an rr e e e an

su gg t th t t w
es pi es w th m d
a o d o cc si
Co lly ere en a e an a on a

a p g e of o c p y u b ti tu t d f
a ne p g f the th
o s d s e or a a e o o er an ,

a s the p g e w a ot q i t
s x ct t ere w d p h se
n u e e a o a or or ra ,
INT R O D UC TI O N . XXXV
we t hu m y a cc ou t fo som e p u z zl i g ep t i ti o s n d fo
s a n r n r e n a r

equ lly p uzzl i n g l c


a w a un .

W h t w the h i to y f the MS f te th at d te i s
a as s r o . a r a

alm t i m p o ib l
os v n t c j ec t u
ss Its h i to y mu t
e e e o on re . s r s ,

h w v h v b e xc i ti g
o e er, a u g h fo it t h v e sc p ed
e en e n en o r o a e a

t h e h n d s of f
a ti c b oth Ch i t i n a d M oh mm ed
an a s It r s a n a an .

w s d u i g t h i p i o d al
a r n th t so m of the p g
s er s we so a e a es, a

h v e een w l t M y we t l so h op e th t A by si i
a s , ere os . a no a a s n a

an d Upp Eg y p t m y S t i ll p
er v ome MSS th at may a reser e s .

th ro w f u th l igh t r th i O b cu e b t m o t i t
er on esti n g s s r u s n er

su b j c t ?e In f c t I was t ol d in 1 89 1 b y A hin ff ch i ef of
a ,
c o ,

the F ee C r ck e id t i
ossa th e c ou t y th t th e
s, a r s en n n r ,
a

m on as te i e of A b y i n i d o c tu lly c on t i n
r s m of v ry
ss a a a a a a ss e

an c i e t MSS wh i ch w ul d b f xc edi g g e t v lu to the


n . o eo e e n r a a e

sch ol shi p
ar f Eu op e o r .

I p es t i g t he f oll o w i g t
n r en sl t i on to the E g l i sh
n n ran a n

r ea di g p u b l i c I m y y t h t I h ul d ot h av e Th
n , a sa a s o n e
1
v t u ed o
en r ch u d e ta k i g if y C op ti c £22
n su an n r n an
5 8 ”

sch ol h d u d t k
ar a th t k o n I h d he d p l
er a en e as , r a ar a o o
i
th t such t k w c tem p l t d In m tt g g
a a as as on a e a a er
"

of uch di ffi cul ty ev e y p sib l l i bi l i ty t e o h oul d be


s r os e a o rr r s

el i m i tedna d it st d s to ,
ano th t t he t anl t i n of a reas n a ran s a o

t a sl ti
r n a mu t eed be b t
on p ol og y fo first h d
s n s u an a r a -
an

v e si on N ev erth el ess I m n ot w i th u t p d c esso


r . The a o re e rs .

C p ti c MS i t l f is in th fi t p l c
o . se t n sl t i on o th at e rs a e a ra a , s

ev n C p ti c sch ol a s mu st gi v e
e o t he t sl t i
r of a us ra n a on

t n sl t i o
ra a I am p e su ad ed al th t the o ym o u s d
n . r so a an n an

i m p e f c t F e ch t sl ti o i the A pp e di x t Mig u e s
r e r n ran a n n n o

Di cti nn i e des A p oc y p h es (vol i ) i s m d f om S chw a tz e s


o a r r . . a e r r

L ati v e si o n d n t f om the C op ti c tex t C W K i n g


n r n a o r . . .

in his G n osti c d t h ei Rem i h s an l s t n l ted a r a ns as a o ra s a

n um b e of p g e of the Pi tis S op h i f m S chw rtz e


r a s s a ro a .

S m th ee o fou y ea
o e r
g Mr N tt K i n g s p u b l i h e
r r rs a o . u ,

s r,

ti c e f the p u b li c t i o f th e wh ol f Ki g s

sen t o t u a no or a on e O n

t n sl ti on
ra a b t th e p j ec t f ell th ou g h
, u L st y e I ro r . a ar

O ff ered to edi t th i s t n l ti n f K i g b t w s i fo m ed ra s a o O n

s, u a n r

th t the l i te
a y l eg t of the d ec e s d sch ol w of
ra r a ee a e ar as
xxxvi INT R O D UC TI O N .

the pi n i on th a t it w oul d be u n fa i r to his m em ory to p ub l i sh


O

a MS th at was i n so i n c om p l ete a c on di ti on
. .

In 1 89 0 I had al read y tran sl ated S chw artze s L ati n


v ersion i n to En gl ish an d p u b l i sh ed p ag es 1 to 25 2 w i th a ,

c ommen tary n otes etc in mag a z in e form from A p il 1 89 0


, ,
.
,
r , ,

to A p ri l 1 89 1 Bu t I h esi tated to pu t it fo ward in b ook


,
. r

form a n d sh oul d n ot h av e d on e so bu t for the app earan c e


, ,

o f A m él in ea u s F ren ch v ersi on i n 1 89 5 I th en retran sl ated



.

the wh ol e b ook a g a i n an d ch eck ed i t b y A m él in eau s v ersi on



.

I was f u rth er i n d uc ed to v en ture on th i s u n d ertak i n g ,

b ec au se the n arrati v e th ou g h d eal i n g w i th my sti c al an d ,

th erefore O b scu re su b j ec ts i s i n i tsel f exc eedi n g ly si m p l e , ,

an d th erefore m i sta k es c a n n o t so readi ly c eep in as i n to a r

diffi cul t p h i l oso p h i c al w o k I th erefore p resen t my tran s r .


, ,

l ati on w i th all h esi tat i on b t at the sa m e ti m e th i n k th a t , u

t he E g l i sh p u b l i c wh i ch is steadi ly i n c easi n g its i n t erest


n ,
r

in my sti c i sm an d all i ed su b j e c ts w i ll be b etter sa ti sfied w i t h ,

h al f a l oaf th an wi th n o b read .

In c on clu si on it on ly rem a i n s for me to a pp en d a b ri ef


summ ary o f the w o k th a t ha s a l rea d y b een d o n e r
Th e

w k or on the s b j e c t T h i s may b est be seen b y trea ti n g


u
th t h
.

i t f rom a ch on ol og i c a l p o i n t o f V i ew n a dd i ti on
a as
b p een re _
I r .

i
v ou s ly to a f ew sc attered a rti cl es in m ag a zi n es wh i ch a re
d on e '
n o t o f the fi rst i m p ortan c e the ch i ef c o n trib u ti o n s ,

to the s u b j ec t are

a . 1 7 70 . A rt i cl e i n Bri ttisc li e T h l eo . Magaz i n ; see K ostli n i n fra .

b 1 7 73
. . Wo ide ( C . A It il e e in Jo u rn a ld e Sa v an ts .

c . 1 778 . Wo ide . A rt i c l i J A C am s B y t g
e n . . r er

e ra e zur Be f o

d er a n g th l gi h eo o d d w i ch ti gesc er u n an rer n K en n t
n ssei ( K i el u H mbu g) pp 82 q
. a r , . s .

d . 1 79 9 . Woide . A pp n d i x d Edi t on m N ov i T
e a i e esta m en t i
Graec i C di c
e M S A l ex d i
o Ca e . an r no a rol o God
f d o W id D ipti i q o ti t
re o e escr ,
n ua c n n en u r F ra
gmen ta
N ov i T tam ti j u x t i t p t ti
es en a n er re a o n e m D i al ecti

Su p i ori Egypti q u ae Th b d i a
er s i e ai c v el S ahid i ca
appel l atu r e C od i cibu s O xo n ie n si bu s maxi ni a ex

pa rte D esu i n pta , c um Dissertation e d e V i ers on e


IN TR O D UC TI O N . xx vii x

Bi bl i oru m E gyptiac a q uibu s su b


j ictur C od ici s
V ti c i C ll ti
a an o a o ( O xon i i —
) p 13 7 . .

Woide n ot
ly c f ully c opi ed the wh ol e of th MS
on are e .

b t l o the C d ex B ci n
u a s t O x fo d H gi v e the d ate
o ru a us a r . e s

o f the MS s b out the fou th c e t u y an d c o sid e s th


. a a r n r ,
n r e

w i te to h v b en V l e ti u s He h ow ev e p u b l i h ed
r r a e e a n n .
, r, s

n o wo k the su b j e c t
r on .

6 . 1 81 2 . M u n ter O d ae Gn osti cae S a l m i T ibu t


o on r es, The
b ai c e et L ti a n e, Prefati on e et A dn o tation i b u s P h il o

l ogi ci s Ill u t s ra tes ( Hafn iae) .

Bi sh op Mii n ter a l earn ed D an e p rob ab ly got his tex t


, ,

fro m Woid e s c op y ; his bri ef p am p hl et is of n o p arti cul ar


i m p ortan c e n ev erth el ess it was sol ely u p on th ese few b r i ef


,

sel e c ti on s the sev en O d es of S ol om on th at w i th the ex


, , ,

ception o f D ul a u ri er s ch ol ars f orm ed t h ei r O pi n i o n o f the


,

Pistis S op h i a u p to the ti m e o f the p u b l i c ati on o f S chw artz e s


w ork in 185 1 Mun ter b el i ev es th at the origi n al treati se


.

b el on gs to the sec on d c en tu ry .

f . 1 84 3 . Matter ( J i i q d G n ti c i m t d
Hi t i s o re Cr t ue u os s e e e son

In flu c l S ct
en e z u r l i gi u t p h i l phiq u
es e es re e ses e o so es

d i x p mi S i ecl d l E c h é ti ( Pa i )

es s re ers es e re r en n e r s

2 d d ii 4 1 q 3 5 0 q Th fi t d i ti
n e . . pp d
s .
, s . e rs e on a eare

i 1 828
n d c nt i an f c t PS I Do a n s n o re eren e o . . n or

n er sG m t l ati th f c

er an ii 6 9 q
ran s on e re eren es are , . s .

an d 1 63 s
q .

j c ts th id a of V l e ti u b t h had n
Matter re e e e a n n s, u e o

acquai t n c e wh atev w i th the t x t d b ses h i msel f


n a er e an a

en ti ely o n W id e
r He t tes th t the MS c n c a c ely
o . s a a . a s r

be p i to the f o u th c
r or tu y d (p 3 5 2) p l c s the d te r en r ,
an . a e a

of the igi l t ti s b tw n th n d of th c on d n d
or na rea e e ee e e e se a

the e d o f th fift h n He gi ves o O pi n i on s to th sch ool


e . n a e

to wh i ch it b el o g s n .

g 1 83 8. . Du lui a r er Ar t i cl e i n the Mon i teu r ( 27th Sep t ) .

h 1 84 7. . D l ui u a r er i cl
. th J ou al A i ati q u e Q uat eme
A rt e in e rn s ,
ri

S é i Tom e i x j u i pp 5 34 5 48 ti tl d N ti c e
r e, .
,
n, .
- en e o
xxxviii INT R O D UC TI O N .

su r l e Man u c ip t c p t théb i i ti tul é L F i d el


s r o e- a n, n a e

S agesse ; t l Pub l i c ti
e p j té d T x t t
su r a a on ro e e u e e e

de l a T du cti f c i d cc M u c ip t
ra on ran a se e an s r .

On D ul a u ri er t ell s u s th at he had m ad e a
p ag e 5 42
Fren ch tra n sl a t i on fro m the C o p ti c i the f oll ow i n g w ord s n

The tran sl a ti on O f the Pi stis S op h i a an d the g l ossary


wh i ch form s a c om p l emen t to it are fi n i sh ed an d w i ll be ,

sen t to the p ri n t ers wh en I h a v e c on v i n c ed my sel f th at I


,

h av e ful fi ll ed the requ i rem en ts th at th i s task i m p oses tak i n g ,

i n to c on sid erati on the p resen t state of sc i en c e an d my own


c ap a bi l i ti es The MS from wh i ch I ha v e ma d e my tran sl a
. .

ti on is a c op y wh i ch I h av e tak en fro m the o rigi n a l d u ri n g ,

my stay in En gl an d in 1 838 1 840 wh en I was ch arg ed b y -


,

MM d e Sal van dy an d V i ll em a i n succ essi v e m i n i sters of


.
,

p u bl i c i n structi on w i th the c omm i ssi on of p roc eedi n g to


,

L on d on to stu d y th i s curi ou s m on um en t D u l au ri e . r,

h o w ev er did n ot p u b l i sh his l ab our s n or h av e I a s yet


, ,

c om e a c ross an y rec o d of the f ate of his MSS He a sc rib es


r .

the treat i se to V al en ti n u s .

i . 1 85 1 . S chw tz ( M
ar e . Pi sti s S o phi a, Op u s Gn osti cu m
V l tia en no ad u d i catu m ,
j e Co di c e Man u scripto
Copti co L on di n en si d escri ptu m , Lati ne v erti t

M . G . S ch w tz ar e, edidi t J . H Peterm
. ann (Bero
l ii i i ) .

S chw artz e di ed at an early age b efore the c omp l etion of


hi s l ab o u rs on the Pistis S op h i a a n d the MS tran sl ati on , .

he l eft b eh i n d c on ta i n ed a n um b er of b l an k s an d p a ssag es
wh i ch he i n ten d ed to fi ll u p an d c orrec t Peterman n has .

c on fi n ed h i m sel f in his n otes stri c tly to v erb al c orrec ti on s


an d su gg esti on s a s t o v ar i ac l ectio n es The c on sequ en c e .

i s th at we h av e a tran sl ati on w i th ou t the n ot es O f the tran s


l ator an d w i th out a w o d of i n trod uc t i on Pete man n
, r . r

say s th e task o f edi ti n g wa s so sev ere th a t he frequ en tly

su ff ered f ro m fits o f giddi n ess S chw artz e c opi ed o u t the .

wh ol e of the C op ti c MS of Pistis S op h i a an d a l so the .

O x ford C od ex Bru cian u s He c on sid ers the origi n al treati se .


,
INT R O D UC TI O N . x xxix
as we see fro m the t t by i le of his wo k r , to b e w i tt
r en

the h an d o f Va l en ti n u s bu t r an n i s o f the O pi n i o n Pete m


th a t i t is the w ork of a n O p h i te a n d p ro m i ses to se t forth ,

his reason s a t l en g th in a trea ti se wh i ch has u n fortu n ately ,

n ev er seen the l ig h t K ostl in an d S chm id t a l so h ol d th i s


.

V i ew a n d a s f ar as the Ex tra c ts f ro m the B ook s o f t he


,

S av i ou r are c on c ern ed I see n o reason why th ere sh oul d n ot ,

be som e truth in the id ea For we may c on n ec t th ese .

Book s cl osely w i th the Book s of Ieo u a n d the l atter c on n ec t ,

u s a t on c e w i th the En o chi an l i tera tu re The O p h i tes .

w ere pre Va l en ti n i a n an d m ostly S y ri an T h ey w ere t he


-
.

fi rst to tak e the di sti n c t n am e of G n osti c s S om e of th ei r .

book s w ere tran sl ated i n to G reek T h i s fits in w i th the .

hy p oth esi s pu t f orth ab ov e that Val en ti n u s com pi l ed the


B ook s of the S av i ou r fro m a p ri or set o f Gn osti c wri ti n gs .

The Mel chised ecian id ea s w o ul d a l so c om e th ro u g h the


S y ri an G n osi s an d be c og nate to the En ochian tradi tion
, .

A rev i ew of S chw artz e s w ork a pp eared in the J o u rn al d es


S av an ts O f 1 85 2 (p .

j . 1 85 2 . Bu n sen (C C. . J H i pp ly tu o s u n d se n e i Z eit , An f
an ge

und u i ch t d s Ch ste th m
A ss en e ri n u s und d er M en s ch
h ei t ( L i pz ig) i 4 7 4 8 H i p p ly tu
e , .
,
. o s an d his A ge
( L on d on i 6 1 62
, .
, .

G
h e efo e w e e my h op es i 1 842 th t the
reat, t r r , r n ,
a

an c i n t C p ti c m
e u sc ip t f th B i ti h Mu seum i c ib d
o an r O e r s ,
ns r e

S op h i m ig h t be t n sl ti o o t l st n ex t c t f om
a, a ra a n, r a ea a ra , r

th t l t t x t b ook
a os f G n osti c i m [ the w o k qu ot d b y
e -
o s r e

H ipp oly tu b b t u fo tu tely th


s , su cu ate u n r na e ac r

a d t u tw o thy l b o u
n r s of th at p ati e t
r d c n c i e tio u
a rs n an o s n s

C opti c sch ol D S chw tz o ar, l y tak w y f om


r . ar e, s ear

en a a r

u s h v e p o v ed to m e ( fo
,
a rI h v e se nd p u d hi s r a en a er se

m u sc ip t wh i ch I h op e w i ll soo pp e ) th t th i s
an r ,
n a ar , a

C op ti c t e ti e is mo t w thl e s ( I t u t p u ely C op ti c )
r a s a s or s r s , r

o ffsh oot O f the M c osi h y f th l test an d tu pid est


ar an eres , o e a s

my sti ci m ab ou t l ette sou d
s d wo d B un n rs, n s, an r s . se

stan d b olu tely al e i n th i opin i on a d we d u bt


s a s on s ,
n o

wh eth e he c ul d h v e d S chw rtz e s MS w i th n y c e


r o a e r a a

. a ar .
xl INT R O D UC TI O N .

It 1 85 3
. . Bu a r (F G )
. . D as C hri sten th u i n u nd die ch i tli ch
r s e

K i ch
r e d er d r ei ersten J ah rh u n d erte ( Tii bin gen )
n o tes on pp 1 85 , 1 86 ,
. an d 205 , 206 .

Baur ev id en tly add ed th ese n otes at the l ast m om en t


b efore p u bl i cati on O n p a g e 206 n he l ean s to the id ea
. .
,

of a n O p h i te origi n .

1 1 85 4
. . K o stl in (K . T wo a rt i cl e s in Ba u r an d Z ll
e

er s

Th l eo o gi s ch J e ah rbuch er (T ubi n
g ) x iii 1 1 04
en ,
.
-
an d

1 37 19 6 ;
- en t i tl ed

D as gn os ti ch
s Sy t m e s e d es
Bu ch es Pi sti s S ophi a .

K ostl in wa s the fi rst to m k a e an e xh u sti v e


a ly si s fan a o

the c on t en ts i se an d his a rs a e se
of th e treat ,
l b ou u d by r

L ipsiu s i n his art i cl e in S m i th a n d Wace s Di c t i y f



o n ar o

Ch ri sti an Bi ograp hy He assign s its d ate e . rs a to th fi t h l f


of the th i rd c en tu ry an d a ssum es t h at ,
it i s of O p h i te
origi n .

In a n ote to p a g e 1 K ostl in w ri tes ,

The MS f om wh i ch th e w ork i s p u b l i sh ed b el on g s

. r

to the c oll ec ti o O f M SS c oll ec t ed b y D r A sk e w of L on d on


n . .

d uri n g his trav el s i I taly an d G reec e of wh i ch the n ,

Bri ti sh T h eol ogi c al Mag az i n e ( da s Brittische th eol Maga z i n ) .

for the y ear 1 7 7 0 ( v ol 1 p art 4 p 223 ) gi v es m ore p arti en . .


, .


l ars .

T h ere i s n o such m ag a zin e in the c atal og u e of the


B i ti sh Mu seum The T h eo l ogi c al Rep osi tory for 1 7 70
r .

c on tai n s n o i nf ormati on on the su bj ec t ; an d n o p ermuta ti on


of n am es solv es the my stery T h e e w e e v ery f ew . r r

m a gazi n es p u bl i sh ed at th a t ea ly d a te so th at the ch oi c e r ,

is l i m i ted .

m 1 85 6. . An y m u t l ti i M i gu D i c ti
an on o i s ran s a on n e s

on n a re

d A p c yph
es t m pp p t ii c ll 1 1 8 1
o r es, o . 1 . a . ar . o .

1 286 ; th i t m f m l xx i ii f h s th i d o e or s vo . . o is r

E cycl p é di Th é l gi q u
n o e o o e .

Th e t l ti i
ran s a o y pi c f w o k mo e f equ e tly
on s a s rr e e o r , r r n

a m ere pa ph ra f m S chw tz e ve i th
ra se ro t s ar

s rs on an a ran

l ti a on th e e r
e l o f qu e t m i ssi n s m ti m
ar a s re n o o s, o e es as
xl ii INT R O D UC TI O N .

S chw art z e of p g es
a 227 239 , 242 244, 24 7 - 24 8 , 25 5 25 9 ,
- - -

26 1-263 , 282 29 2, 29 8- 3 08, 3 4 1 , 342, 3 5 8, 3 7 5


- of the C dx o e .

K i g wh w mn , o as ore O f um i m t l gi t d
a n s a o o s an an ti qu i ar an

th c i ti c d
an a r ,
oes n o t v n tu O pi i o
e i th e re a n n n e r on the d a te
or au th o r .

r . 1 887 . A mél in eau Essa i su r le G n ost ici m s e é gy p i t en ,

ses Dé vel oppei n en ts et son O ri gi e n égyp i t en n e, in


the A n n a u é G ui m l s t m xiv
du M Cf s e e t ( Pa i ) r s ,
o . . .

es p c i all y the thi d p t f


e f V l ti u r ar or s y tem s o a en n s

d Pi ti S p hi a pp 1 6 6 3 22
an s s o ,
.
-
.

A ti cl e T i té g tiqu d O xf rd ;

3 . 1 880 . A in él i n eau L. r

es ra s n os es o

Et d c i ti q u e i th R vu d l Hi t i des
u e r ,
n e e e e

s o re

R ligi n s ( Pa i
e o di t d b y R évill ) a ay of 7 2
r s, e e e , n ess

pp .
, 8vo .

t
. 1 89 1 . A mél i n eau i c u r l s Papy u g sti q u e B u c
. N ot e s e r s no r e,

T ex te t T du c ti ( P i ) 305 pp 4t
e ra on ar s ,
.
,
o .

u . 1 89 5 . A mé l i a Pi ti S phi
ne u O u vr g g o ti q u
. d s s o a, a e n s e e

V l ti t adui t l c p te
a en f c i av c
n, r ( n o en ran a s, e une

I t d uc ti o ( Pari ) pp xxx i i an d 204 8v


n ro n s , . .
,
o .

A mél in eau V l n ti i go es th orou ghly i n to


igi n the a e n an or

of th t e ti e b t l e s lmo t exclu si v ly to Egy pti n


r a s ,
u ea n a s e an a

or igi of the id n The MS i ts l f h w v he p l c v y


eas . . e , o e er, a es er

l t w i ti g o p g x i of hi I t d c ti n
a e, r n f ll w :
n a e . s n ro u o as o o s

A ft ex m i ti n o m ou s f ul ts wh i ch th e

er a n o f th a na on e e r a

c ib h s c mm i tted I c
s r e a t tt ib t t th MS wh i ch
o ,
an n o a r u e o e .

h p e v d th Pi tis S p h i to
as r ser d t l t th th
e e s o a u s, a a e a er an e

i th
n n t th c tu y
or d th t to the m i i mum
en F en r ,
an a o n . or

th i I h v s v l ns a F i rstly th MS i w i tt
e se era 0 reaso .
, e . s r en 11

p chm t n d p chm en t w s h d ly ev c mm ly u ed
ar en , a ar a ar er o on s

i Egy p t b ef e the i x th
n sev th c tu y or S eco dly s or en en r . n ,

th w i ti g wh i ch is u c i l th ou g h p b l e i th fi t
e r n ,
n a ,
assa n e rs

p g e f the MS b c m b sta d i
a s o l g e umb f .
,
e o es a r n a ar n er o

l v wh en th c ib s h d i f tigu d
ea es, l n g i it e s r e

an s a e no o er s

th b utiful w i ti g f th Egy p ti
e ea c ib of t h g t r n o e an s r es e rea

p i d b t l ck i c i te t l m t ou d d h u ri d
er o s, u s a ,
n on s s n , a os r n an r e .

T h i dly th f ul t f t h g p hy i the
r ,
e f G e k w d
a s o or o ra n u se o r e or s
INT R O D UC TI O N . xliii
ev id tly S h o w th
en c ib b el o g ed to p e i od wh at the s r e n a
'
r en

G k w lmo t
ree o l on g
as a k ow s n er n n .

In f tn ot Amélin a s y th at he i p fec tly w a e


a oo e e u a s s er a r

th t th i O pi i on of his w i ll
a s is n tem p est a d b eg s

ra e a ,
n

fo r u sp e i o of j udg m t ti ll h h p ub l i h ed hi
a s ns n en e as s s

re aso s to th l te
n se O f p a chm e t
as t g
e t l n g th
a u r n , a rea er e .

N w it wo Pto l my II ( Ph i l d el p hu ) K i g of Eg y p t
as e . a s ,
n

f om 283 247 B C who f b d the ex p o tati on of p p y


r - . .
,
or a e r a

ru s f m Egy pt n d f c ed th i v l bib l i op h i l s t
ro , a or e r a e a

P g mu to c op y th ei b ook s on p chm en t
er a s Th l ib y r ar . e rar

o f Pe g mu s w s b qu e th ed to the S en te of R m
r a a de a a o e, an

A n t n y h a d ed i t o v e to Cl op at
o n o m ewh e e a b o u t 3 5 r e ra s r

B C . th i l ib
. y con si sti n g for the m ost p a t of p chmen t
s rar , r ar

ro ll s d b o k s was p l a c ed in the n ew B cheiOn t


an o ,
ru a

A l ex a d i tn ep l c e the
r a, ld L ib oy wh i ch was t tally
r a o rar o

d t oy ed b y the fi e of C aesa s fleet in 4 7 P chm e t


es r r r

. ar n ,

th w s comm on en ou g h
en , a b o k f bri c in A l ex d i as a o -
a an r a,

t l e st 6 00 y e b fo Amél in l i m it ’
a a ars e re eau s .

A ex am i ti on of th e MS d oes ot e ti ely u b st t i t
n na . n n r s an a e

th st i c tu es f A mél in e
e r ron th e ca el ess w i ti g
o f th au r r n o e

scrib e ; th e w i t i g th ou g h hu i ed is f i ly con i ten t


r n rr a r s s ,

wh i l e the fi st d oz en p ges e m ost d m i b ly w i tt n


r a ar a ra r e .

The f ul ts f sp ell i n g on ly p o v e th t th i p art i cul ar sc ib


a o r a s r e

did ot k ow G ecek a l i k ely en ou g h th i n g if the cop y w


n n ,
as

m d i Upp e Egy p t a d n ot at A l ex n d i
a e n r I a m th e e n a r a .
,
r

fo f f om con v i n c d b y y on e f the eason s Amé


re, ar r e an o r

li en b in g f w d
au r s or ar .

1 89 1 H ck . Ub d arn a
g t i ch B uch Pi ti er as n os s e s s

S phi ( L ip z ig) o a e .

I h av e al read y gi v en H arn a ck s v i ew s on the d ate ; he ’

a ttrib u tes the a u th orsh ip to a m o difi ed O p h i te o rigi n He .

su gg ests th at B oo k I on ly i s p rop erly Pi sti s S o p h i a B ook .

II sh oul d be call ed the Q u esti on s of Mary ( p


. .

w 1 89 2
. . S h c mid t G n ost s i ch e S ch ift r en in k pti ch
o s er

S p ch ra e au s d em C od e xB ru ci an u s, hera uggbs e e en ,

ubersetz t und b earb ei t t e , pp . 6 80, 8vo ; i n von


xl i v INT R O D UC TI O N .

G bh ard t a d H m a k T xte d U t u chu g


e n a c

s e un n ers n en

zu r G ch i cht d al t ch i tl i ch e Li t tu ( L ip
es e er r s n era r e

zig) v iii Ba d
, . n .

S chm id t agrees w i th H arn a ck a s to d ate an d th i n k s th at ,

the Pi stis S op h i a m ay be attrib u ted to a n O p h i te sch ool .

In the w o k s o f the th ree w ri ters ref erred to a b o v e th ere is a


r

m ass o f i n formati on w i th regard to the Pistis S op h i a bu t a s ,

o n ly the d ate an d to som e ex t en t the a u th orsh ip ar e b ei n g

d eal t wi th in th i s I n trod uc ti on the f u rth er c on sid erati on of


,

th ei r v i ews mu st be p ostp on ed u n ti l a C omm en ta ry to fo rm

a c o m p l em en t to the p resen t tran sl ati on is attem p ted .


[THE FIRST BOO K OF PISTIS SO PHIA ]

( )
1 I T cam to pass wh n J sus ha d ris n from
e ,
e e e

th d a d that he pass d
e e ,
lev n years J e e e
8 811 8

sp aking with h i s discipl s and i hi h


e e ,
h t erto
i t h n stru c et

t t g t h m up to th
s ru c i n r g ons of hi d
e e e i s is
i ly c pl es on
th e first statut s only and up to up h e , to t e
g f re i o n o
th e r gions of th first myst ry th h fi
e e e , e t e rst
myst e ry
myst ry within th v il within th
e e e , e
'

first statut which is th four and tw nti th


e, e e e

myst ry and b low thos which


e , in th
e e a re e

second space of th first myst ry wh i ch is e e ,

b for all myst ri s — th father in th liken ss


e e e e e e e

o f a dov e .

A d J sus sai d to his discipl s I am come “


n e e :

from that first myst ry which is also Wh h e , at t e

the last myst ry h four and tw n its; g


t e ?
, e e
n
u

ti th mystery For his disc ipl s kn w m d h un at '
e . e e

not that myst ry nor did th y und rstand that


e ,
e e

th r was anything within that myst ry ; b ut


e e e

th y thought that that myst ry ind ed w th


e e e as e

ch i f of th pleroma and the hea d of all that


e e ,

ex i sts ; and th y thought it w th ed of all as e en

ends for Jesus had said to th m conc rning


,
e e
1
2 PIS TI S S O PHIA .

that myst ry It e d th th first statut su rrou n e e e,

( )
2 and th fi impr ss i ons
e and th gr
ve at e , e e

light and th fi su pp ort rs and v n th


,
e ve e , e e e

whole tr asur of l ight e e .

Mor ov r J sus had not t old his discip l s th


e e , e e e

Th
of
e re
h g
t
g
e
whol
i on s
rea t
distr i but i on of ll th r gions of
e a e e

i i bl
n v si the gr at m bl and of th thr
. e e V ISi e, e ee

trip l pow rs and of th four d tw ty i


e e , e an en n

v i s i bl s w i th all th i r r gions th ir ons and


e ,
e e ,
e ae ,

th i r ord rs accord i ng t th m nn r of th i r
e e ,
o e a e e

d i str i but i on for th y th , m nati ons of th e a re e e a e

gr t i nv i s ibl ; nor of th i r u g n rat d s lf


ea e e n e e e , e

g rat d and g n rat d th i r l i ght g iv rs and


en e e , e e e ,
e -
e

un p ir d th i r rul rs and author i t i s th ir lords


a e , e e e ,
e

and rchang ls th i r ang ls and d


a e ,t h ir e e ecan s, e

workm n and all th h b i tations of th ir


e e a e

S p h r s and all th ord rs of ch


e e , of th m e e ea on e e .

Nor had J sus told h i s d i scipl s th whol e e e e

Th e new distr i bution of th m nations of th e e a e


s e wgh tr asur nor th i r ord rs accordin g to
ur o t

e e, e e ,

which th y distr ib ut d ; nor had h told


e are e e

th m th ir saviours accord ing to th ord rs of


e e , e e

e ach as th y ; nor had h told th m what


e are e e

are th guardians wh i ch
e b s i d ach [ gat ] are e e e e

of th tr asur of l ight ; nor had h told th m


e e e e e

th r gi on f th sav i our of th twins ( 3 ) who


e e O e e ,

is th child of th ch i ld ; nor had h told th m


e e e e

th r gions of th thre am ns in what r gions


e e e e e ,
e

th y e distri b ut d ; nor h d h told th m i


are e a e e n
FI RS T BO K O . 3

what r gion the fiv e tr s or th s ven are e ee , e e

am ns which are also th s v n voic s wha t


e , e e e e ,

is th i r r gion accord ing to th mann r of th ir


e e , e e e

d istribution .

Nor had J sus tol d his discipl s of W hat typ


e e e

are th fi s pport rs or from what Th igh


e ve u e , e l t
_

r gion th y wer b rought forth ; nor


e e
W d
e
0fl '

had h tol d th m how th gr at light had


e e e e

emanat d or from what r gion it had b een


e , e

brought forth nor had h told th m of th fiv e e e e

impressions nor f th first statut from W hat


, O e e,

r gion th y had b en b rought forth ; b ut h


e e e e

Simply spok O f them and taught them that e ,

th y xist d without sp aking of their mana


e e e , e e

tion and th or d r f th ir r gions And this


e e O e e .

is Why they did not know that th r w r oth e e e e er

r gions w i th i n that myst ry


e e .

Nor had h told his disc i pl s I pass through


e e

such or such a r gion unt i l I nt r that myst ry e e e e ,


or [ wh n ] I l ave it but in instructing them
e e , ,

h mer ly said
e e I hav com from that mys :

e e

te yr . An d th is is why they thought conc rn e

i g that myst ry that it w


n the d of n d s ( 4 )
e ,
as en e ,

an d that it w th chi f of the pleroma and as e e ,

ev n that it w th plero ma its lf For J su


e as e e . e s

said to his di scipl s It is that myst ry which e e

su rro u nd th ll th pl romas of which I hav


e a e e e

Spok n from the d ay on which I first m t w i th


e ,
e

you ev n unto this day An d this is th re
e .
, e
4 PI S TIS S O PHIA .

for why th d i scip l s thought th r was noth in g


e, e e e e

w i th i n th t myst ry a e .

It cam to pass th r for that th d i scip l s


e ,
e e e, e e

Jesu s a nd w r Sitt i ng tog th


e e r on th Mount of e e e

2 122 21 53 O l3
1
i v s s
98
p ak i n g of the s things
,
e e e ,
re

3233 , j
1
0
i i0g with gr at j oy
o c n and b ing x e , e e

ou es v '
di g glad and say ing
cee n to another on e

B l ss d e w b for
e ll m
a re whoe on th e e a en are e

e arth for th s v i our hath r v l d th i s unto


,
e a e ea e

us and w hav r c i v d all fuln ss and all


,
e e e e e e

p rf ction And whil t h y w r s y ing th s
e e . e e e e a e e

th i ngs th to th oth r J sus sat l ittle


e on e e e , e a

r mov d from th m
e e e .

It cam to p ass ther for e on th fift nth , e e, e ee

day of th month of To b th day of e e, e

th f ll moo on that d y wh n th
e u n, a , e e

sun had ris n in its go i ng th t th r e ,


a e e

cam forth aft r it a gr at str m of li ght


e e e ea

Sh inin g xc d i ngly ; th r was no m a ur to


e ee e e e s e

th l i ght w i th which it was surround d for it


e e ,

c m forth from th li g h t of lights and it


a e e ,

c m forth from th last myst ry ( 5 ) that is to


a e e e ,

say th four and tw nti th myst ry from th


,
e e e e , e

i nt riors to th xt r i ors which


e e e i n th ord rs e are e e

of th s cond s p ac of th first myst ry And


e e e e e .

this str am of light p our d ov r J sus


e d e e e ,
an

surround d him nt i r ly H w s at d apart


e e e . e as e e

from hi disc ip l s and was shining xc d i ngly ;


s e , e ee

th r was no m as r to th light i n wh i ch h was


e e e u e e e .
6 PISTI S S PH I
O A .

t heir all th ir r g i ons and all th ir ord rs


aeon s, e e ,
e e ,

Th f
and
e c on u
th whol arth was sh k n and e e e a e ,

i
s on o f h all th inhab i tants th r of And con
t e
e e e
pw o d
ers a n
.

th g
eart
e
hqu k
f
re at sion
a
was
e
upon allu m i n th world en e ,

and also upon th disc ip l s and all


.

e e ,

thought that th world would surely b e e

d stroy d
e e .

And ll th p ow rs whicha in th h av ns
e e are e e e

did not c as to b in confusion th y and the


e e e , e

whol world and all w r shak n th


e ,
on th e e e e one e

oth r in turn from th th i rd hour f th fift nth


e , e O e ee

day of th moon of Tob unt i l th n i nth hour


e e, e

of th morrow e .

And all th ang ls w i th th i r archang ls and


e e e e ,

ll th powers of th h i ght ( 7 ) all


a e e e ,

cip l es san g from th int r i or of th i n t riors


. e e e e ,

so that th whol world h ard th ir voic ; th y


e e e e e e

c as d not ti ll th ninth hour of th morrow


e e e e .

B ut th d i sc i pl s t tog th r in f ar and w r
e e sa e e e , e e

in th gr t st p oss i bl di str ss Th y f ar d
e ea e e e . e e e

b caus of th gr at arthquak wh i ch was


e e e e e e

taking pl c d th y w pt tog th r saying


a e, an e e e e ,


W hat w i ll b ? S ur ly th s v i our will not e e e a

d stroy all th r gi ons ?


e Thus sayi ng th y
e e , e

w pt tog th r
e e e .

O th n i nth hour of th morrow th h av ns


n e e ,
e e e

23:33q
w r o p n d d th y saw J sus d
e e e e , an e e e

g
a ain . sc nd in g shin i ng xc di n gly ; th r
e ,
e ee e e

was no m asur to the l ight which s rround d


e e u e
FI RS T B K OO . 7

him for h shone mor b ri g htly th wh n he


, e e an . e

had asc n d d to the h av ns so that it is


e e e e ,

impossi b l for any in this world to d scrib the


e e e

l ight in which he was H shot forth rays . e

shining xc edingly ; his rays w r without


e e e e

m asur nor w r his rays of l ight qual to


e e, e e e

geth r but th y w r of every figur an d o f


e ,
e e e e

e v ry typ som b eing more admirable than


e e, e

th oth rs in infinite manner


e e An d th y were . e

all pur light in very part at the Th u


e e e n at re

same time It w o f thr e d gr s .


“ hi g1 y
as e e ee ,
s °r °

on surpassing the oth r in infinit manner The


e e e .

s cond which w in the midst exc ll d the


e , as ,
e e

first which wa b low it an d th third th most s e ,


e ,
e

a d mirab l f all surpass d th two b low i t


e O ,
e e e .

Th first glory w
e plac d b low all lik to the as e e , e

lig ht which came upon Jesus ( 8) b fore h as e e

c en d d into th
e h av ns and was v ry r gular e e e , e e

as to its ow light And th thr d gr es o fn . e ee e e

l ight wer f v v vari ty of light and type


e O e er e ,

e ach xc lling th oth rs in i n finit mann r


e e e e e e .

It came to p ass wh n th discipl s had s n ,


e e e ee

thes things that th y f ar d xce d J u d


e , e e e e e es s a
d h resset

in
g l y and w, r troubl d B ut Jesus h
e em e .
,
t e .

the compassionate an d merciful m i nd d when -


e ,

he saw that his discipl s w r trou b l d with e e e e

gr at confusion spak unto th m saying


e ,
e e , :

Take courag It is I b not afraid e .
, e .

I t came to pass wh n the d isc i pl s heard ,


e e
8 PI S TI S S PH I
O A .

th s words that th y said Mast r i f it b


e e , e :

e ,
e

thou w i thdraw thy glorious l ight that w may


,
e

b abl to stand
e e that our y s b t bl ind d , SO e e e no e .

W hav b n d i smay d and th whol world


e e ee e ,
e e

hath b n d i smay d b y th gr atn ss of th l ight


ee e ,
e e e e

which i s in th ee .

Th n J sus dr w to h i ms lf th glory of h i s
e e e e e

H d w h
e ra
l i ght et; and wh n th i s w don all th e as e, e
h l gh
is i
u him
n to
d i sc
t
ip l s t ook courag and came to e e

se lf .

J sus and cas t th ms lv s tog th r at


e e e e e e
,

h i s f t and worshi p p d him r j oic in g with gr at


ee e ,
e e

j oy Th y sai d unto h i m
. e Mast r wh i th r “
e ,
e

di dst thou go ? or on wh t m i n i stry w nt st a e e

thou ? or wh r for all th s confusions and


e e e are e e

shak i ngs wh i ch hav tak pl c ? e en a e

Th n J sus th compass i onat s id unto th m


e e ,
e e, a e

H m e p
R j oic and

b g lad
e from th i s hour
e e ,

mi h set
t
1,6 11 ,
for to
I hav gon to th r g ons wh nc e e e e i e e
a u h’ g
t
I cam forth ( 9 ) From this d y
n s'
e . a

forth th r for w i ll I S p ak w i th you fr ly


,
e e e, e ee ,

from th b ginn in g of th truth unto th com


e e e e

p l et i th onr of ; d I will
e e Sp ak to you fac an to e e

fac without p ar bl
e From this hour w i ll I a e .

h i d noth ing from you of th things wh i ch


e e

p rtain to th h ight and of thos f th r gi on


e e e ,
e O e e

of truth ; for authority h th b n giv n m b y a ee e e

th ein ff b l and by th first myst ry of ll


e a e e e a

myst ri s to s p ak to you from th b ginn i ng


e e e , e e

to th d from th int r i ors t th


e en , xt ri ors e e o e e e ,
FI RS T B K OO . 9

and from th xt riors to th in t ri ors e e e e e .

H arken th r for
e ,
that I may t ll you all
e e e, e

things .

It cam to pass as I was sitti ng a littl


e ,
e re

mov d from you on th Mount of Oliv s m di


e e e , e

tating on th dut i s of th m inis try for which I


e e e

was s nt wh i ch th y sai d w compl t d an d


e , e as e e ,

[ how ] t h last mys tery had not y t s nt m my e e e e

v stur it is th four and tw nti th myst ry


e e e e e e

from th int riors to th xt riors of thos


e e e e e ,
e

which in th s co d Spac of th first mys


a re e e n e e

t y in th
er ,
ord rs f that sp c — it c m to
e e O a e a e

p ass th r for wh n I un d rstood that th duty


, e e e, e e e

of th min i stry for which I had com was ful


e e

fil l d and that that myst ry had not y t s nt


e ,
e e e

m my v stur
e which I ha d plac d in it ntil
e e, e u

i ts tim Should b f l fill d— I W m ditating


,

e e u e as e

on th i s on th Mount f Oliv s littl r mov d e O e ,


a e e e


from you it cam to pass wh n th sun ros e ,
e e e

in th plac of its risi g that th n through th


e e n , e e

first myst ry which was from th b ginn i ng on


e , e e ,

account of wh i ch th univ rs hath b n cr at d e e e ee e e ,

( )
1 0 from wh i ch also now I am com now and e,

not form rly b fore th y had crucifi d m ; it


e e e e e

cam to pass by ord r of that myst ry


e ,
e e ,

that this v stur of light was s nt 32 323


1
e 2 e e 7 1

m which h ha d giv n me from th


e, e e e

b ginning and which I had plac d


e ,
e

in th l s t myst ry which i s th four and


e a e , e
10 PIS TIS S PH I
O A .

tw nt i th myst ry from the i nt rior of thos


e e e ,
e e

which i n th ord rs f th s cond s p ac of


are e e O e e e

th first myst ry
e Th i s is th v stur th n e . e e e, e ,

which I h d l ft in th last myst ry unt i l th


a e e e ,
e

tim Should b fulfill d wh n I Should t k it


e e e e a e

agai n and should b g i n to sp ak to th human


, e e e

rac e, d r v l to th m all things from th


an e ea e e

b ginn i ng of th truth to its com p l t i on and


e e e ,

sp ak to th m from th i nt r i ors of th int riors


e e e e e e

to th xt riors of th xt riors and from the


e e e e e e ,

e xt riors of th xt r i ors to th i nter i ors of the


e e e e e

i nt riors R j o i c th r for and b glad and


e . e e, e e e, e

r jo i c mor than gr atly for it is to you that it


e e e e ,

hath b n giv n that I first s p k from th


ee e ,
ea e

b g i nn i ng o f th truth to its compl t i on


e e e .

For th i s c us hav I chos n you from th



a e e e e

b g inn i ng through th first myst ry


e e e .

O h f t e soul s
h d c R joic th r for and b gl d in that
pf d
o t e is i e e, e e e, e a ,
es a n
t hie r wh n I c m into th world ( 1 1 ) from
i n ca r e a e e ,
m m u
th b ginn in g I brough t w i th m
e e ,
e

tw lv p ow rs as I tol d you from th b gi n


e e e ,
e e

n i ng I took th m from th hands f th


. e e O e

tw lv s viours of th tr asur of l ight accord


e e a e e e ,

i ng to th command f th first myst ry Th s


e O e e . e e

p ow rs th r for I c st i nto th wombs of your


e ,
e e e, a e

moth rs wh n I cam into th world d th y


e , e e e ,
an e

are thos wh i ch i n your bod i s th i s day


e are e .

For th s pow rs h v b n g i v n unto you


e e e a e ee e

b for th whol world for i t i s y who


e e e toe ,
e a re
FI RS T BO K O . 11

save th whol world an d that ye may b a b le


e e ,
e

to b ar the thr at of th rul rs f th worl d


e e e e O e ,

an d th calamiti s of th world and their


e e e ,

dangers and all th persecutions which th


,
e e

r l rs of th h ight must b rin g upon you


u e e e .

Many ti mes have I sai d unto you th p ow r which , e e

is in you I have b rought it from the twelve


,

saviours which in th tr asure of light For are e e .

which caus I sai d unto you fro m th b ginning


e e e

that ye wer not of this world And I lso ame . a

not of this worl d for all m who of this ,


en a re

worl d have tak n th i r soul from the rul rs of e e e

the ons B ut th power wh i ch is in you is


ae . e

from m Y souls which pertain to the


e . e are

h ight which I hav brou g ht from th twelve


e , e e

saviours of th tr sur of light and which I e ea e ,

hav rec ived as a Shar O f my pow r wh i ch I


e e e e ,

r c i v d from th b eginn i ng ( 1 2) And wh n


e e e e . e

I t forth to com into this world I pass d


se e , e

through the mi d st O f th rul rs of th sph r ; e e e e e

I assum d th l ik ness of th ng l Ga b riel in


e e e e a e ,

ord r that th rul rs o f th ons might not


e e e e ae

r cognis me b ut think that I w th ang l


e e ,
as e e

Gabri l e .

I t cam to pass wh n I had pass d through



e ,
e e

th m i dst of th rul rs of th ons O the m


e e e e ae , f

that I look d down on th world of giflfifi e e


r

m en , b y ord r of th first m yst ry ; p e


m e e
B a ti s

I found E lizab th moth r of John th B apt i st e ,


e e ,
12 PI S TIS S PH I
O A .

b for h had conc iv d him ; I cast in to h a


e e s e e e er

pow r wh i ch I h d r c i v d from th hand of


e a e e e e

th e l i ttl I o th goo d wh i s in th m i dst


e a , e ,
o e ,

that h might p r ach b for m d p r p ar my


e e e e e an e e

way and bapt i s i n th wat r of th r m i ssion


, e e e e e

of S i ns Th i s p ow r th n is i n th b ody of
. e ,
e ,
e

John
Mor ov r in th r gion of th soul of th
e e ,
e e e e

Th atJ h rul rs d st i n d to r c i v it I found


o n
e , e e e e e ,

th soul of th p roph t E l i as i n th
e e e , e
bi hrt '
ons of th s p h r and I took h i m
ae e e e, ,

and r c iv i n g hi soul also I brought i t to th


e e s ,
e

virgin of l ight d h gav i t to h r c iv rs ; ,


an s e e er e e e

th y brought it t th S p h r of th r l rs d
e o e e e e u e ,
an

cast i t i n to th wo mb of E l i z b th Wh r for e a e . e e e

th p ow r of th l i ttl I o who i s i n th m i dst


e e e e a ,
e ,

an d th soul of E l i s th proph t
e un i t d a e e ,
are e

with th body of John th B aptist ( 1 3 ) For


e e .

th i s a s hav y b n i n doubt afor tim


c u e e e ee e e,

wh n I said unto you John said I am not


e ,

,

th C hr i st
e and v sai d unto m I t i s writt n e e, e

in th S cr ip tur that wh n th C hrist Shall


e e, e e

com El i as will com b for him and pr p ar


e, e e e ,
e e

his way And I wh n y had sai d th i s unto


.

, e e

m e, r p l i d unto you E l i s v ri ly is co m
e e ,

a e e,

and b th p r p ar d ll th i g s accord i g as it
a e e a n ,
n

is wr itt n ; and th y hav don unto him what


e e e e

so v r th y woul d And wh n I p rc i v d that


e e e .

e e e e

y e did not und rs t nd that I had s p ok n con e a e


14 PIS TIS S PH I
O A .

your portion from th pow r which th last e e e

support r br ath d into th m i xtur wh i ch


e e e e e,

[ p ow r ] was e b l nd d w i th all th i nvis


e i bl s and
e e e

rul rs and all th ons O c only was it bl nd d


e ,
e ae . n e e e

w ith th world of d struct i on wh i ch i s th mix


e e , e

tur This [ p ow r] I brou ght t from mys lf


e . e ou e

from th b gi nn i n g ; I cast it i nto th firs t


e e e

statut and th first statut c st a port i on


e, e e a

th r of into th gr at light and th gr at l i ght


e e e e ,
e e

cast a p orti on of that wh i ch it r c iv d i nto th e e e e

fi ve su pp ort rs and th l st su pport r took


e ,
e a e a

p ortion of that which i t r c iv d and cast it e e e ,

i nto th mixtur ( 1 5 ) And this [ pow r] dw ll th


e e . e e e

in all thos who dw ll i n th mixtur in th


e e e e, e

mann r in which I hav j ust told you
e e .

W h n J sus th r for had sa i d th s th i ngs


e e ,
e e e, e e

Wh h
to his disc ip l s on th Mount of e e
yt ey

s h uld
o O l i v s h continu d i n his conv rsa
re e e e e
j ic h
,
o e t at
im
th e t f t on to h d sc p l s and sa d R
e o i is i i e 1
°

e
m
,

iii hfd joic and b glad and add j oy to


s u v '

re e, e ,
co m e
j oy for th tim s fulfill d for m
.

,
e e are e e

to put on my v stur which hath be n pr p r d e e, e e a e

for m from th b ginning ; th s m which I


e e e e a e

laid up in th last myst ry until th tim of e e ,


e e

its compl t i on Th tim of its compl t i on i


e . e e e s

th e ti m wh n I shall r c iv commandm nt
e e e e e e

from th first myst ry to s p ak to you from


e e e

th b ginn i ng of the truth to th


e e d th r o f e en e e ,

an d from th int riors of the int riors for the


e e e ,
FI RS T BO K O . 15

world is to b e sav d b y you R joic ther for e . e e, e e,

and b glad for y


e mor b l sse d than all
, e a re e e

m en wh on th arth for it is y wh Shall


o are e e , e o

save th whol world
e e .

It cam to pass wh J sus ha d finish d


e ,
en e e

Sp aking th s things to his disci p l s that h


e e e e ,
e

again continu d in h i s conv rsation and sa i d e e ,

unto th m L I hav p ut on my v stur


e :

O, e e e,

and all pow r hath b n giv n m b y th first


e ee e e e

myst ry Y t a littl whil and I will t ll you


e . e e e e

th myst ry of th p l roma and th pl roma o f


e e e e e e

the pl roma ; I will conc al nothing from you


e e

from this hour b ut i n p rf ctn ss will I p rfect


,
e e e e

you in th whol pl roma and all p rf ction


e e e ,
e e ,

and v ry myst ry ( 1 6 ) which things ind d


e e e , , ee ,

are th p rf ct i on of all p rf ctions th pl roma


e e e e e ,
e e

Of all pl romas and the gnosis f all gnos s


e ,
O e ,

wh i ch in my vestur I w ill t ll you all


are e . e

myst ri s from the xt rior of th xt r i ors to


e e e e e e e ,

the i nterior of the int riors H ark n I will e . e e ,

tell you all things which hav b fall n m e e e e .

It cam to pass wh n th sun had ris n in


e ,
e e e

the r gions of th c t that a gr at h m


e e as , e
T e s
y _

str am of light d sc nd d in which fi yw f dh


e e e e ter
ve
o
or
t e
s

w asmy v stur th sam wh ch I had


e h e, e e i on t e

w ves re '

lai d up in th four and tw nti th e e e

myst ry as I have said unto you And I


e ,
.

foun d a mystery in my v stur writt n in e e, e

th s fi e words which p rtain to the h i ght


e e v e e ,
16 PIS T IS S PH I
O A .

za ma za ma dsz e r e c/l a ma 6z az .
'
. And this is
the int rpr tat i on th r of
e e e e

Th myst ry wh i ch i s b yond th world



e e e e ,

Th i e
n th t wh
ter r b y all th i ngs
a x i st I t i s
e e e :

all volution and all involut ion ; i t


e

p roj ct d all manations and all th i ngs th r in


e e e e e .

B cause of it all myst ries xist and all th ir


e e e e

r g i ons
e .

C om unto us for w e thy f llow m m ,


e are e -
e

b rs W
e . all w i th th
e are W n on e ee . e are o e

and th sam and thou art e e, d th on e an e

sam Th i s i s th first myst ry ( 1 7 ) wh i ch


e . e e ,

hath xist d from th b g i nning in th i


e e e e e h

e fi bl a b for i t c m forth ; and th nam


e, e e a e e e

th r of i s all f
e e N w th r for w ll live
O uS . o , e e e, e a

tog th r for th at th last lim i t wh i ch lso is


e e ee e ,
a

th last myst ry from th int rior


e eThat also is e e .

a p art of us Now th r for w ha s nt th .


,
e e e, e ve e ee

t hy v stur wh i ch i nd d i s thin from th b


e e, , ee , e e e

g inn ing which thou didst l ,


in th l st l i mi t ea v e e a ,

wh i ch also i s th l st myst ry from th int riors e a e e e ,

until its t im Should b fulfill d accord ing to e e e ,

th commandm nt of th firs t myst ry


e L
e i ts e e . O,

ti m b i n g fulfill d I will g i v it th
e e e ,
e ee .

C om unto us for w ll stand n ar to cloth



e e a e e

Th h
e t th w i th th first myst ry and all h i s
ree ee e e
ro b f es o
l igh t glory by comm ndment of th sam
.
,
a e e,

i n that th first myst ry gav us two v s tur s


e e e e e

to cloth th b sid s th e w hav s nt


ee, e e e on e e e e
FI RS T B OKO . 17

th Sinc thou art worthy o f them an d art


ee , e ,

prior t us and came into b ing b fore us


o ,
e e .

For this caus th r for th first myst ry hath e, e e e, e e

s nt for th through
e th mystery of all his
ee uS e

glory two v stur s


,
e e .


Th first hath in it th whol glory f all

e e e O

the nam s of all th mysteries d of Th fi st


e e ,
an e r

ll th emanations of th or d ers of the m “ Sl u


e
:

a e

Spaces of th ineffa b l e e .

( )
1 8 An d th s cond vestur

hath in it e e e

th whole glory o f th name o f al l th


e Th c d e e
e se on

myst ri s an d f all th manations


e e
m O e e
ves re '
,

which in the orders f th tw spaces o f th


are O e o e

fi rst myst ry e .

And in this [ third] v stur which we have



e e,

now s nt th is th glory o f th Th h d
e ee, e e
e t ir

nam of th myst ry th r v al r
e e
m
e ,
e e e e ,
“ Sl u :

which also is the fi rst statute and th myst ry ,


e e

of the five impr ss i ons an d th myst ry of th e ,


e e e

gr at l gat of th in ffa b le which is this


e e e e e ,

great light an d also the myst ry of the five


, e

l a d ers which
e , th fiv supporters T h re are e e . e

is also in the vestur th glory o f th nam e e e e

of ll the orders of th manations o f th


a e e e

treasur f light with th i saviours an d th


e O ,
e r e

ord rs of th ir ord rs to wit th s v n am ns


e e e , ,
e e e e ,

which are th sev n voices and the fiv tr es e e , e e

an d the thre am ns an d the saviour o f thee e ,

twi ns which is th chil d of th child ; an d


, e e
2
18 PIS T I S S PH I
O A .

also myst ry of th nin guardians of


the e e e

th thre e gat s of th tr asur of light Th r


e e e e e . e e

i s also th r in all th glory f very nam whic h


e e e O e e

is on th r ight and of all thos which


e in,
e are

th m i dst
e Mor ov r th r is also th r in all
. e e ,
e e e e

th glory of th
e gr at i nv i sibl ( 1 9 ) that is toe e e,

say of th gr at for fath r and all th myst ry


, e e e e ,
e e

of th thr trip l p ow rs and th myst ry


e ee e e ,
e e

O f th ir whol r gi on and lso th myst ry of


e e e , a e e

all the i r i nvis ib l s and of all thos who in e e are

th th i rt nth
e on and th nam of th tw lv
ee ae ,
e e e e e

ae ons w i th all th ir rul rs ll th i r archang ls


,
e e ,
a e e ,

a ll t h i r ang ls e d all who are in th tw lv


e ,
an e e e

aeons and v ry myst ry of th am of all


,
e e e e n e

thos who e i n th [ s p h r of] fat and in ll


are e e e e, a

th h av ns and th whol myst ry of th nam


e e e ,
e e e e e

of thos i n th s p h r s and th i r fi m m t and


e e e e e r a en s,

all th t th y cont i n d th ir r gi ons


a e a ,
an e e .

L th r for w hav s nt th th i s

O, e e e, e e e ee v es

Th e d y tur w ithout any knowi ng it from


a of e,

th first statut downw rds b cause


e e a , e

th glory f its l ight was hidd n i n i t [ th


e O e e

first statut ] d th S p h r s w i th all th i r


e ,
an e e e e

r gi ons from th first statut downwards [ kn w


e e e e

i t not] Mak hast th r for cloth thys lf


. e e, e e e, e e

w i th this v stur C om unto us ; for v r e e . e e e ,

unti l th t i m app o i nt d by th i n ffabl w


e e e e e e as

fulfill d hav w b n i n n d of th to cloth


e ,
e e ee ee ee , e

th with two of th v stur s by ord r of th


ee e e e ,
e e
FI RS T BOO K . 19

fi rst myst ery Lo then the tim is fu l


.
( 20) , ,
e

fill d C om th r fore to us quickly that we


e . e, e e , ,

may put t h m on thee ntil thou hast om


e , u a cc

p l i
s he d the full ministry of th perf ctions of e e

th e first mystery the ministry appoint d for , e

th by th in fi ble C om th refore to us
ee e e
'
a . e, e ,

quickly in or d r that w may cloth th


, e e e ee, a c

cording to the commandm nt of th first mys e e

te y ; f
r
y t a littl
or while
e a very littl whil e ,
e e,

and thou shalt com to us an d shalt l av e ,


e e

the world C om therefor qu i c kly that thou


. e, e, ,

may st r c iv th whole glory th glory of th


e e e e e ,
e e

first myst ry e .

It cam to pass th refore wh n I saw the



e , e ,
e

whol myst ry of thos words in th J u l


e e e e es s

v stur which h d b n sent m that hf fddg


tt
e e a ee e, s si .

I at once cloth d mys lf ther with I b cam e e e . e e

e xc dingly radiant and


ee d into the h ight , sc are e .

I drew nigh to th gat f the fi m m n t



e e O r a e

shin ing xc d ingly ; th r w no H as e en ter

m asur to th light in which I was fiim


e ee e e
k k
hfi
t l
e e e . r en t .

Th gat s of th fi m m en t w re shak n
e e e r a e e on e

ab ov th oth r in turn and all w r thrown


e e e ,
e e

o p n tog ther
e e .

And all th rul rs all th powers an d all



e e ,
e ,

the ang ls th rein w r at onc thrown into


e e ,
e e e

confusion b caus of th gr at light which w in


e e e e as

m e . Th y gaz d at th v stur f light with


e e e e e O

which I w loth d and which w b rilliantly


as c e , as
20 PISTIS S PH I A
O .

shining ; th y w th myst ry which con tain d e sa e e e

T h p w
e
th o
ir nam s ;
ers
th y f ar d exc d i ngly ; e e e e e ee
f h fi m
o
m
t
en t are( )
e
21 and r
all th b“

onds with which th y e e

Zfi fjfi
a
w r bound

w r loos de e
; ch l ft his e e e ea e

33 133 5
1
rank and10
they bow d do wn b for m , e e e e,

him
and worsh i pp d me saying H w e , ,
o

hath the lord of th pl roma chang d us without e e e

our k nowing ? And they sang tog ther to the ’


e

int rior of the int riors b ut m th y saw n t ; b ut


e e , e e o

they w o ly th light and th y w r in gr at


sa n e , e e e e

f ar and w r xc dingly trou b l d and s n t


e ,
e e e ee e ,
e

forth th i r song to th int r i or of th int riors


e e e e e .

And havin g l ft that region b hind m I



e e e,

H came unto th first sph r shining


en ter e e e,
et ii h t e

fi t ph
rs s xc dingly far mor b rightly than I
ere . e ee ,
e

shone in the fi m m t forty an d nin tim s r a en ,


e e .

It cam to pass th r fore wh n I had com to


e ,
e e ,
e e

the gate f th first sph r that its gat s w re


O e e e, e e

shak n and o p ned f th ms lv s all tog th r


e ,
e O e e e e e .

I ent r d into th mansions f that sph r



e e e O e e,

Th p w e
shining
o
xcers
di ngly ; th r w n e ee .
e e as o
O f h fi
t
m
e
asurrst
to t h l ght that
e w m m e e i as e
sphe r e are
.

A d all th rulers with all thos wh


n e , e o

gym?

wer in that spher were in confusion
e e,

hi m n with anoth r ; th y saw the gr a t


o e e e e

l ight that w in me and th y gazed upon my as , e

v stur ; th y w in it th myst ry of th i
e e e sa e e e r

n ame and w r ,
mor an d mor distr ssed Ande e e e e .

th y w re in great f ar saying H ow hath th


e e e , ,

e
22 PIST IS S PH I
O A .

nigh l l tog th r th y bow d th mselv s they


a e e ,
e e e e ,

worshi pp d b for m and sang all tog ther to


e e e e, e

th int rior f th int riors ( 23 ) b ing in gr at


e e O e e ,
e e

f ar and gr at confusion
e e .

And having l ft that r gion b hind m I



e e e e,

B h
e en teret
asc nd d to the gr at
e ons f the e e ae O
h m
t e ns
rul rs I drew ni gh to th ir v ils an d

e ,
e e

th i r gat s shinin g xc d ingly ; th r was no


e e , e ee e e

m asur to th li ght which was in m It ca me


e e e e .

to pass wh n I cam unto th tw lv ons that


e e e e e ae ,

th ir v il s and th ir gat s w r Shak n


e e on e e e e e on e

anoth r ; th i r v ils w r drawn as i d of th ir


e e e e e e e

own accord and th i r gat s op n d of th m


,
e e e e e

s lv s And I nt r d into th ons sh i n i ng


e e . e e e e ae ,

e xc dingly ; th r was no m asur to th light


ee e e e e e

that was i n m wh i ch was br ight r than the e, e

li ght with wh i ch I shon in th r gions f th e e e O e

fat forty and nin tim s


e, e e .

And all th ang ls of th ons th ir arch



e e e ae , e

h p w
T e o
ang ls
ers
th ir rul rs th i r gods th ir
e , e e ,
e ,
e

of t h
a re am d
lords
e aeon s
az e
th i r author i t i s th ir tyr nts
,
e e ,
e a ,

p ow rs th r sparks th r l ght
,

an d f ll a th eIr e ei ei l
, ,
d
i ghifi g iv rs th ir unpai r d th ir i nvisibl s
o

e ,
e e ,
e e ,

th ir for fath rs and th i r trip l


e e e ,
e e

pow rs saw m sh in i ng xc dingly ; th r was


e ,
e, e ee e e

no m asur to th light wh i ch was in m Th y


e e e e . e

w r thro wn into confus i on th


e e on th oth r e on e e e

gr at f ar f ll u p on th m wh n th y saw the
e e e e e e

gr at light that was i n m


e And th i r gr at e . e e
FI RS T B K
OO . 23

conf sion ( 24 ) an d gr at f ar r ached to th


u e e e e

r gion of th gr at invisible for fath r and f


e e e e e , O

th thr e gr at tripl pow rs B cause of th


ee e e e . e e

gr at fear f th ir con fusion th great for father


e O e ,
e e

hims lf and th thr e tripl pow rs b gan to


e ,
e e e e ,
e

run h i th r an d th i th r in th ir r gi on and th y
e e e e ,
e

could not clos all th ir r gions b caus o f the


e e e e e

gr at f ar i n which th y w re Th y thr w into


e e e e . e e

confusion all th ir ons tog th r with all th ir e ae e e ,


e

sph res and ord rings fearing and b i g gr atly


e e ,
e n e

trou b l d becaus of th gr at light that was i n


e e e e

m — far diff r nt from what it w wh n I was


e e e as e

on the arth f human kind wh n my shining


e O ,
e

v stur came upon m for th arth could not


e e e, e e

hav b orn th light such as it was in reality


e e e ,

els would th world b r solv d an d all upon it


e e e e e

at th same tim B ut th l i ght which was in


e e . e

m in the tw lve
e o s w emyria d ae n as ,

and s v n thousand and ight hun d r d times


e e e e

gr ter than wh n I w in th world among


ea e as e

you .

It cam to pass th r for wh n all thos



e , e e e, e e

wh i n the tw lv
o are ons had s n A d m e e ae ee a as

th gr at light which w in m that d h an t e


e e as e,
tyran ts

th y w re ll thrown into confusion g


e e a
figh t
h a a i n st t e

on on another and ran from


e s i de l,
i gh
on e
t

to th oth r in th ons ; an d all th on s


e e e ae e ae ,

with all th ir r g i ons and all their ord rin g


e e e ,

were shak n on account of th gr at f ar


e e e e
24 PIS TIS S PH I
O A .

which cam upon th m ( 25 ) b caus th y e e ,


e e e

knew not th mystery wh i ch had tak n place e e .

An d Adamas th gr at tyrant and all th ,


e e , e

tyrants wh i h in all th ons b gan to fight


c are e ae ,
e

in vain agains t th light and th y kn w not e ,


e e

with what th y fought for th y saw nothing b e , e e

yond th xceedin g gr at li ght It cam to p ass


e e e . e ,

wh n th y fought against th light that th V


e e e ,
e

e x p n d d th ir str ngth n against th oth r


e e e e o e e e ,

th y f ll down in th ons th y b cam as th


e e e ae ,
e e e e

inhab ita ts of th arth who n d ad and wh e e are e , o

hav no br ath in th m
e e e .

And I took from all of them a thir d of th ir e

H e k h
po
ta
w r in or d r that th y should n
et
e ,
e e o

f m h m mor p r vail in th ir vil doings ; and


ro t e e e e e
a h d f
t i r o
thi e r ord r that f th m who are
In e ,
I e en In
p w o er
worl d should invok th m in
.

th e e e

th i r myst ri s which th transgr ssi g ang ls


e e e e e n e

brought down from ab ov — that i s to say th ir e ,


e

ma gi c rit s— in ord r that th r for i f th y


e e ,
e e e, e

should b invok d in vi l pr cti c s th y should


e e e a e ,
e

not accompl i sh th m e .

And th fat and sph re f which th y e e e O e are

th lords I chang d d I brought


e e an
H
,
e
c h g h i t to pass th t for six months th y
an et a e
th m e o ti on
o f h i
Sph m
t should
e
e rturn
s
to th l ft and m e e acc o

p h h th r I nflu nc s and for


s X ei e e ,
SI

months tur to th r igh t and accom p lish th i r


n e e

influ nc s For by ord r of the first s tatut and


e e . e e,
' '
El fi bl b U U IS .

by ord r o f the first myst ry ( 26 ) Ie the over


e e , ou ,

s r f the l i ght ha d plac d th m facing th left


ee O ,
e e e

for all time accomplishing their influenc s an d


,
e

actions It came to pass ther for that wh n


.
,
e e, e

I had nt red into their r gions they r b ell d


e e e ,
e e

and fought against the light I took from them .

th third part o f th ir power in or d er that they


e e ,

Shoul d not mpli h th i vil actions An d


acco s
°

e r e .

the fat and sph r over which th y rule I


e e e e

chang d an d set them facing the left for six


e ,

months accomplishing their influ nc s and t


,
e e ,
se

th m to turn ix mont hs to the righ t


e Sm ,
acco

p l ishi g th
n ir influ nces e e .

A d wh n h had spok n th s things unto


n e e e e e

his discipl s h sai d unto them H e that hath


e ,
e

ears to hear l t him h ar ,


e e .

It cam to pass when Mary ha d h ard the


.

e ,
e

words which th saviour said that h gazed e ,


s e ,

as on einsp i r d i nto th air for th space of an


e ,
e e

hour S he sa i d unto him Mast r giv com


.
' “
e ,
e

mandment unto me to speak fre ly e .

And J sus the compassionat nsw red and


e , e, a e

said unto Mary S peak fr ly Mary


M y
ee , ,
ar

thou b l ssed whom I will p rf ct gg


e
j éfip
o n e,d e e s

e i
t

in all th mysteri s f th dw ll rs on p mi
e e O e e e er ssi on

pe a to S k
h i gh th u whos h art i s ri ght for th
.

,
o ,
e e e

kingdom of th h av ns mor than all thy e e e e

b r thr n
e e .
26 PISTI S S PH I
O A .

the word that thou hast Spok n to wit ( 27 ) e , ,

h that hath ars to h ar l t h i m h ar thou


‘ ’
e e e ,
e e ,

hast said it unto us i n ord r that w may ,


e e

u derstand th word wh i ch thou hast spok n


n e e .

Giv e th r for 0 Mast r that I m y


ear, e e e, e ,
a

sp ak fr ly
e ee .

The word which thou h t spok n to wit



as e , ,

M ym ar
I
ter
chang d ‘
t h ir fat d th ir e e e an e

P
sa
h
retet
m f m e
sph
th e
ro
r s ov r which th
e e y rul ord
e r e e , In e

th w d
e
“ I i h sa a
or that s f th rac of m ,
Ishould I nvok
e e en e

th m i n th myst ri s wh i ch th
.

e ,
e e e e

transgr ss ing ang ls taught th m for th


e e m e e acco

p li his
g f
n th i r vil
O d ds ande all that
e i s ee ,
un

lawful t mys ry of th ir mag i c i ord r


i h nt e — e e n e

[ th n e
] t hat th
, y m i ght no mor from
e this hour e

accompl i sh th i r im pi ous works (for thou haste ,

tak n from th m th i r p ow r
e d th i r
e e e ,
an e or

d i a n ers O f th hour and di in rs e d thos who


,
v e ,
an e

t ach th m of th world all th t shall com


e e en e a e

to pass ) i n ord r that th y should no mor from


,
e e e

th i s hour hav a m i nd for t aching th m what e e e

will com to p ass (for thou hast chang d th i r


e ,
e e

r voluti o and thou hast mad th m turn to


e n, e e

th el ft for s i x months cco mplishing th i r


e ,
a e

i nflu nc s and thou hast mad th m fac to


e e ,
e e e

th r i ght for th six r maining months a com


e e e ,
e

p l i h i
s
g th n ir i fl ) e—conc rnni ng th i s word
u en ces e ,

0 M st r th pow r which w
a e ,
e in I sa i ah the
e as ,

p ro p h t s p ak as follows and d liv r d it i n a


e ,
e ,
e e e
FI RS T BO OK . 27

Spiritual parab l at th tim wh n h spak f e, e e e e e O

th e vision of E gypt saying Wh re th n 0 , ,



e ,
e ,

E gypt wh r ,
thy divin rs an d or d ain rs of
e e are e e

th hour ( 28) and those whom th y vok from


e ,
e e e

the arth an d those whom they vok from


e ,
e e

them selves ? Let th m Show th from this e ee

hour th d ds which th lor d S ab aoth Sha ll


e ee e

do "
Thus th n the power which w in Isaiah e as ,

th prophet proph si d b for


e thy coming ; it
, e e e e

prophesi d conc rning the that thou shouldst


e e e

tak away th pow r o f th rul rs O f th aeons ;


e e e e e e

that thou shouldst chang th ir s p her an d e e e

th ir fat in ord r that th y might know no


e e, e e

thing from h nc forth This is why i t said e e .


,

Y shall know nothing of that which the lor d



e

S a b a oth shall do ; that is to say non of th ’

, e e

rul ers shal l know what thou wilt d o unto them


henceforth from this hour ; that is to say with ,

E gypt for th y ,
th

in ffi i matt r e a re e e cac o u s e .

Th power th r fore which w


e in th prophet
,
e e ,
as e

Isaiah proph si d concerning th


,
for tim
e e ee a e e,

saying H nc forth from this hour y shal l


,

e e , ,
e

not know what th lord S aba oth shall do unto e

th m b caus f th light p ower which thou


e ,

e e O e -

did t rec ive from th hand of S ab a oth th


s e e ,
e

good who is in th r gion of th right th


, e e e , e

pow r wh i ch is in thy mat ri al body to d ay For


e e -
.

this caus ther for 0 J sus my mast r thou


e, e e, e ,
e ,
28 PIS TI S S O PH IA .

hast said unto us H e that hath ears to h ar let ,



e ,

him h ar sinc thou woul dst know whose heart


e ,

e

is arn stly t on th kingdo m of th h avens
e e se e e e .

It cam to pass wh n Mary had finish d e ,


e e

say i ng th s things that J sus said unto h e e ,


e er :

W ll said M ry sinc thou art b l ss d befor
e , a ,
e e e e

all wom n wh are on the arth ( 29 ) for thou


e o e ,

shalt b the pl roma of all p leromas and the


e e ,

p rf ction of all p rfections


e e e .

Wh n Mary heard th saviour sp ak these


e e e

J m words
esu s c o
she r j oic d gr atly and came , e e e ,

m d h
M m Sh
en

a
to J sus
et
and bo we
d h rs lf b for h me , e e e e e i ,

f h
urt
and worsh
er
pp d h feet an d sa d unto i e is i
h
p esti o n et ,

”m h h m
q
1 0?
Mast t
re
g ve unto mi that e i ear e,
c h gi g f
an n o
,

th Ph e S
I may qu stion th
ereS ~

on this matt r e ee e ,

b efore that thou t ll st us the r gions wh i ther e e e



thou hast gon e .

And J sus answ r d and said un to Mary


- e e e
'

Sp ak fr ly and f ar
e t All things thou
ee ,
e no .

s k st I will r v al unto th
ee e , e e ee .

M ry said W i ll all m n who k ow the


a :

e n

myst ry f th magic of ll th rul rs of all the


e O e a e e

ae ons of th fat and f thos f th sph r in e e, O e O e e e,

th w y in which th transgr ssing an g ls h v


e a e e e a e

taught th m ; i f th y i nvok th m i n th ir e e e e e

myst ries that is to say in th ir v il magi c


e , ,
e e

ri t s to th h i nd ri n g of good d ds — w i ll th y
e , e e ee e

accom p lish them h nc forth from th i s hour or , e e ,


not ?
30 PIS T I S S PH I
O A .

t i ons ; but now that I have mad th m t urn to e e

th l ft for six months and turn to th right for


e e e

s i x months h who v rily shall find th i r


, e ,
e ,
e

numb ring from th tim wh n I ch ng d


e e e e a e

th m and wh I t th m for s i x months to


e ,
en se e

f c
a e th i r l ft hand an d for six months to
e e ,

fac th i r r ight han d cours ( 3 1 ) h who


e e e, e ,

v r ily shall thus bs rv th m w ill discov r


e ,
O e e e ,
e

th i r i nflu nc s w th c rtainty ; h w ill for


e e e i e e e

t ll all that a man sh ll do In th sam way


e a . e e ,

also th d i vi rs if th y i nvok th nam of


,
e ne ,
e e e e

t h rul rs if th y m t w i th th m fac i ng th l ft
e e ,
e ee e e e ,

all th i n g s wh i ch th y sh ll ask of th i r d e a e ecan s ,

th latt r wil l t ll th m with accuracy


e e B ut if
e e .

th e di v i n rs i nvok th ir n m s at th tim
e e e a e e e

wh n th ir r volut i o is to th right th y w i ll
e e e n e , e

not gi v unto th m b caus th y


e ear f cing e , e e e are a

i n noth r way from th first figur i n wh i ch


a e e e

I
eo u had p lac d th m for oth r th i r nam s
e e e are e e

w h n th y turn to th l ft and oth r


e e th ir e e ,
e are e

nam s wh n th y turn to th right and i f th y


e e e e e

are invok d wh n th y turn to th right th


e e e e ,
e

truth w i ll t b btai n d but confus i on w i ll


no e O e ,

s iz u p on th m and w i th thr at ning th y w i ll


e e e ,
e e e

thr at n th m Thos th r for who do not


e e e . e, e e e,

know th ir r voluti on wh n th y turn to th


e e , e e e

right th ir thr angl s d th i r four an gl s


, e ee e ,
an e e ,

and all th ir confi gurations will find no truth


e , ,

but w ill b gr atly confus d and w i ll b in


e e e ,
e
FI RS T B K OO . 31

gr at rror b caus th op rations which th y


e e ,
e e e e e

w re accustomed form rly to ff ct in th ir


e e e e e

four an g l s at th tim wh n th y turn d to


e ,
e e e e e

t h l ft and i
e e th ir thr angl s and in th ir
,
n e ee e ,
e

e igh t config ratio s th p rat i ons i which u n ,


e O e n

th y w r constant at the tim wh n th y


e e e ,
e e e

turn d to the l ft— th s I hav


e w chang d e e e e no e ,

an d I hav caus d th m to mak all th ir con


e e e e e

fig ti
u ra turning to th right for six months
on s e ,

in ord r that th y may b co fus d i n all th ir


e e e n e e

exten t ; ( 3 2) on th oth r hand I hav mad e e , e e

them turn to th l ft for six months a com e e , e

p li h i
s
g th
n actions of th i r influ
e nc s and of e e e

all th ir con fi gurations in ord r that th y may


e ,
e e

b thrown into confus i on and wand r in rror


e ,
e e

th rul rs who
e i n th
e ons in th ir are e ae , e

s ph r s i n th ir h av ns and in all th ir
e e ,
e e e , e

r gions so that th y may not v n th m


e ,
e ,
e e e

selv s und rs tand th i r p ath


e ,
e e .

It cam to pass that wh n Jesus had said


e ,
e

th s words —P h i lip w sitting writ P hil ip


e e as
q h u e stl on et

all th words that J sus spake — t J u


In
g e e I es s.

cam to pass th refor aft r this that P hil ip


e ,
e e, e ,

d r w n i gh bow d hims l f and worship p d the


e ,
e e ,
e

f t f J sus saying
ee O Master and saviour
e ,
:

,

grant m p rmiss i on to sp ak b for th and


e e e e e ee

t o q stion th on this word b for that thou


ue ee ,
e e

tell st us of th r gions whith r thou didst go


e e e e

for thy ministry .
32 PI STIS S PH I
O A .

saviour the compass i onat answ red and


The , e, e

said unto P h i li p P rmiss i on is giv n th t : e e ee o



sp ak what thou w i lt
e .

And P hil ip answ r d and said unto J sus e e e

Mast r on account of w hat myst ry hast thou


e ,
e

chan g d th mann r in which w r b ound th


e e e e e e

rul rs th ir ons an d th i r fat their s p h r


e ,
e ae ,
e e, e e,

and ll th ir r g i ons ; and why hast thou


a e e

plung d th m into dire confusion in th ir path ;


e e e

and why do th y wand r i n th ir cours 7 H ast e e e e

thou don this unto them for th s lvation f


e e a o

the world or hast thou not ? ,

And Jesus answ red and said unto P hilip e ,

Why h t
and to
e
a l l th di sciples tog ther ( 3 3 ) e e :

P h “ h
at
I have
t e
chang “
d th ir path for th e e e
w
$ 011 8 as

Ch gd
an e
lv t f all souls
sa Am n am n I
a l on O . e , e ,

say unto you if I had not chang d th ir path ,


e e ,

they wo ld hav d stroy d a host of souls and


u e e e ,

a lo g p riod would have laps d b for the


n e e e e e

rulers of th ons would hav b n dissolv d e ae e ee e ,

tog th r with th rul rs of th fat and f


e e e e e e O

th S p h r of all th ir r gions and of all


e e e, e e ,

their h av ns with thos of ll th ir ons ;


e e ,
e a e ae

and th soul s woul d hav cont inued without


e e

this r gion a long p riod O f t i me and th


e e , e

numb r f perf ct d souls would hav b n


e O e e e ee

kept b ck from its accomplishm nt f thos


a e ,
O e

souls wh i ch shall b co nt d i n th h ritag e u e e e e

of th h ight by m ans f th mysteries nd


e e ,
e O e ,
a
FI RS T BOOK . 33

shall d well in th tr asur of light For th i s e e e .

caus th r for I chang d their path that they


e, e e e, e

might b disturb d and thrown into confusion


e e ,

so that th y m i g ht los th ir pow r which i s


e e e e ,

in the matt r of their world which th y m k


.
e , e a e

into souls i n ord r that th y mi g ht b e quickly


,
e e

purified ; that thos wh to b sav d they e o are e e ,

an d all th ir p ow r might b e carri d on high


e e , e ,

whil thos wh
e not to b e sav d might b
e o are e , e

quickly r solv d e e .

It cam to pass wh n J sus had said


e ,
e e

th s thi gs unto his di sciples that M


e e n ,

Ma y th fair i n speech and th iigi iiiih i a ’


r ,
e e ti o i
g i a a n
bl ss d
e e d rew n i gh she bow d
o n e, ,
e

h rs lf at th f t of Jesus s ying (3 4 )
e e e ee ,
a :

Mast r suff r m to sp ak in thy p resenc


e ,
e e e e,

an d b not wroth w ith m i f I distr ss th


e e, e ee

with fr quent question i ng
e .

Th saviour answ r d with compassion and


e e e ,

said unto Mary S peak th wor d thou d sir st


:

e e e ,


and I will xplain it to th i n all fr e d om
e ee e .

Mary answ re d and sai d unto Jesus M st r


e a e ,

how would the souls have delay d outsid thi e e s



region ; and how will th y b sp dily p uri fi d ? e e ee e

And J sus answ r d an d sai d unto Mary


e e e

W ll said Mary ; thou q tion e t fairl y with


e , u es s

a fair qu stion and thou pp h t very


e ,
a ro ac es e

th i ng with dilig nce an d pr cision N w e e . o ,

th r for henceforth from this hour I will


e e e, ,

3
34 PI STIS S PH IA
O .

conceal nothing from you b ut I will r v al , e e

ev ryth i ng unto you wi th certainty and all


e

fr edom H arken then Mary and y all my


e . e , , ,
e ,

d isciples giv B for I had publ i sh d [ the


,
e ea r . e e e

tidings] to all th rul rs of th ons to all the e e e ae ,


-

rulers f th fat and of th sph re th y w r


O e e e e ,
e e e

a ll b ou d in t h ir b on d s in th i r sph r s an d
n e ,
e e e ,

i n their seals as I o th overs r of th l ight


,
c n, e ee e ,

had bound th m from th b ginn i ng ; ach f e e e e O

th m r mained i n his ord r and ach of th m


e e e , e e

we t i n his cours as I ou th ov rs r f the


n e, e , e e ee O

Th c m i g
e
l
o
ight had plac d th m
n
And wh
, n e e . e

n l hi th tim f the num b er f M l hi


Sig
e c se e e O O e c se

d th gr at r c iv r f th light
ec e e e e e O e ,

had come h came into th midst of the,


e e

ae ons and of all th rul rs ( 3 5 ) bound in e e ,

the sph r and i n th fat ; h took way th


e e e e e a e

b righ t light of ll the rul rs of th ons an da e e ae ,

of all th rul rs f th fat e d also f those


e O e e, an O

of th sph r —for h took away that which


e e e e

trou b l d th m —and h rous d up th car tak r


e e e e e e e

wh w o ov r th m to mak their circl s turn


as e e , e e

sw iftly and h took away the pow r wh i ch was


, e e

in th m the br ath of th ir mouth th t ars f


e ,
e e ,
e e O

th i r y s an d th sw at of th ir b od i s
e e e , e e e e .

And M lchis dec th r c iv r of light p ur i


e e ,
e e e e ,

fi d all th se pow rs in ord r to carry


e e e ,
e

th i r light into th tr asur of l ight


e e e e ,

whil th workm n of all th rul rs e e e e e


FI RS T B OK
O . 35

gathere d together al l their matter and th , e

workm n of all the r l rs of the fate w i th


e u e ,

the rul rs of th sph r th y wh are be


e e e e, e o

neath th ons too k it to make th refrom the


e ae ,
e

souls f men o f cattl of reptiles f beasts or


O ,
e, ,
O ,

O f birds an d send them into the wor l d o f men


, .

Th r c iv rs of th sun an d the r c iv rs f the


e e e e e e e e O

moon also having o b serv d th heaven an d


, e e ,

having seen th con figurations f the paths O f e O

the aeons an d the configurations of th fat


, e e,

and thos f the sph r th n too k from the m


e O e e, e

the p ower o f the ligh t and the r ceivers p ,


e re

pare d to set it a p art ( 3 6 ) until they shou l d han d ,

it ov r to the r c iv rs of M l chis d c th puri


e e e e e e e ,
e

fie f l i ght ; n d their mat rial purgation th y


r O a e e

carried into the sph r which is b l ow the aeons e e, e ,

that th y m ight mak th nc the souls f m n


e e e e O e ,

and mak also th souls o f r ptiles or f c ttl or


e e e ,
O a e,

o f b easts or O f b ird s accordi ng to the cycle of


, ,

th rul rs of this sph re an d according to all the


e e e ,

configurations f its r volution in or d r to cast


O e ,
e

th m into this worl d of m n so that th y


e e ,
e

might b souls in this r gion as I hav just


e e ,
e

told y ou .

These things they accomplishe d pers v r e e

i ngly b fore their pow r diminish d in th m


,
e e e e

an d th y b ecam fe b le without
e nergy and
e e ,
e ,

powerl ss It cam to pass th r for that


e . e ,
e e e,

when th y were without power wh n thei


e ,
e r
36 PIS T IS S O PH I A .

pow r b gan to dimin i sh i n th m an d th y


e e e ,
e

b cam f bl i n th i r pow r that the light which


e e ee e e e ,

was in th i r r g i on c as d th ir kingdom was


e e ,
e e ,
e

di ssolv d and all quickly pass d through i t ; it


e ,
e

c m to p ass th r for wh n th y b gan to


a e , e e e, e e e

und rs t and th s th ings i n th cours of tim


e e e e e e,

and wh n th numb r f th r ckoning of


e e e o e e

M lch i s d c th r c iv r w accomplish d
e e e ,
e e e e ,
as e ,

that h cam aga i n h nt r d into th midst


e e , e e e e e

O f th rul rs of all th
e ons and into th midst
e e ae , e

of all th rul rs of th fat as w ll as of thos f


e e e e, e e O

th S p h r
e and h thr w th m i nto confusion
e e, e e e ,

and caus d th ir circl s to b quickly abandon d


e e e e e .

( )
3 7 And forthwith th y w r constra i n d and e e e e ,

cas t forth th ir p ow r from th ms lv s by th


e e e e e e

b r ath f th i r mou th by th t ars of th ir y s


e O e ,
e e e e e

and th sw at f th i r bodi s
e e O e e .

And M lch i s d c th r c iv r f l ight p uri


e e e ,
e e e e O ,

T h u e r fi d th m as h had cons tantly don ;


l ers e e ,
e e
d evou r t ei r
h
m h
a tter , so ar d th r l gh t nto th tr asur
e e n e ei i i e e e

33; 213 of li ght ; and as to th matt r of pur


0 1
0 0 e e
fb c d
a‘ ri
i
a te
all h rul rs f h ons
t t t th

a on , e e O e ae
g , e

rul rs of th f t
e d thos f th s p h r sur
e a e, an e O e e e,

rou d d it and d vour d i t Th y did not l t i t


n e e e . e e

go to b com souls in the world for th y had


,
e e , e

d vour d th ir matt r so that th y m ight not


e e e e , e

b com w i thout pow r without n rgy and


e e e , e e ,

that th i r pow r might not c as to b in th m


e e e e e e ,

and th ir kingdom m ight n t be dissolv d ; but


e o e
38 PISTIS S PH IA
O .

to k p it with th m in ord r to r main


ee e ,
e e

the long r in th ir kingd om And th i s th y


e e . e

di d ,
t kno wing th n against whom th y
no e e

fought .


Then when they ha d r b l l d fi ghting
,
e e e ,

J es su
against th light th n by command e ,
e ,

k h f m m nt of th
te et ro first mystery I chang
e d e e
hm
t e a
,

$
1 1 “
9
ei r
th path and cours f th ir
e ons e O e ae ,

P w
o d
er , anth path of th ir fate and e f th ir e O e
ch g h
an et
th i e r spher ; I caused th m to face for x e e Si
cm
o a
months th ir thr e angl s to the l ft e e e e ,

th ir four angles an d those in front of th m


e , e ,

and their eight configurations as th y had , e

form rly be n ; but th ir mann r o f turning d


e e e e ,
an

their mann r of fac i ng I chang d to another ord r


e ,
e e ,

and caus d th m for th other ix months to face


e e e S

th e actions of th i r influ nc s by the four e e e

angl s of th right and th ir thre angl s an d


e e ,
e e e ,

b y th m which are b for th m and by th ir


e e e e , e

e ight configurations And I caus d th m to b . e e e

in gr at confusion ( 3 9 ) and to wan d r in great


e ,
e

e rror th rul rs f th ons and all th rul rs


,
e e o e ae ,
e e

O f th fat w ith thos f the sph r and I


e e, e O e e,

gr atly d i s tress d th m A d from that hour


e e e . n ,

th y hav not had th pow r to turn towards th


e e e e e

purgation of th ir matt r to d vour it in ord r e e e , e

that th ir r gions should ndur p rman ntly


e e e e e e ,

and th y shoul d still r ign for a long


e e

perio d .
FI RS T B K
OO . 39

B ut
wh n I had taken away the third part
e

o f th ir pow r I chang d their e Th y


e e ,
e r e no
h
volut on so that for a per od th y
i i e

faced the l ft an d for anoth r p rio d


e ,
e e

they fac d the right ; I changed th


e
m e
a tter“

whol of their path and the who l of th ir


e e e

cours an d I caus d the path of their cours to


e, e e

b hast n d so that they might b quickly


e e e ,
e

purifi d and they might sp edil y ris And I


e ,
e e .

short n d t h ir circl s and I caus d th ir path


e e e e ,
e e

to b e light n d and they w r gr atly hurri d


e e , e e e e ,

an d were thrown into confusio n in their path ;


a n d from that hour th y hav no mor had th ,
e e e e

pow r o f devouring the matt r O f the purgation


e e

of th b rilliancy f their l ight Moreov r th ir


e O . e ,
e

tim s and their p riods w re short n d in or d er


e e e e e ,

that th p rf ct num b r f souls who Shall


e e e e O re

cei v th myst ries an d dw ll in the tr asur o f


e e e , e e e

light should b e sp dily completed For had I


, ee .

not chang d th ir cours ha d I not Short ne d


e e e, e

th ir tim s th y woul d not have p rmitt d any


e e , e e e

sou l to com into th worl d b caus of the matter


e e ,
e e

of th i r purgation which they d vour d ( 4 0)


e ,
e e ,

an d they would have d stroy d a host O f souls e e


'
.

For this caus I said unto you b fore I hav e e ,


e

short n d the tim s b cause of my el ct for


e e e e e ,

th re would not have b n a soul that coul d


e ee

have b n sav d i f I had not shor t n d th


ee e ,
e e e

times and th periods b caus o f the perfect e ,


e e
40 PISTIS S PH I AO .

numb r of souls who shall r ceiv th myst ri s


e e e e e e ,

that is to say th l ct ; and had I not ,


e e e

short n d th ir tim s th r would not hav


e e e e , e e e

b n a s ingl mat rial soul sav d but th y


ee e e e ,
e

would hav p r i sh d in th fi which is in the e e e e re

fl sh f th rul rs S uch th n i s th matt r on


e O e e .
,
e , e e

which thou hast qu st i on d m stra i tly e e e ,

I t came t pass wh n J sus had finish d sp ak


o ,
e e e e

ing th se things unto h i s d isc ipl s that th y


e e ,
e

bow d th ms lv s tog th r and worshi pp d


e e e e e e ,
e

him say i ng B less d


,
w amon g all men
:

e are e ,

for unto us thou hast r veal d th s sublim e e e e e



imm ns i t i s e e .

And J sus continu d in his conversat i on and


e e ,

T h p w
e
said
o
unto h i
ers
s discipl s Giv and e e ear

3312
3
132 2 h ark n conc
?
rn i ng th th i
e ngs wh i ch b e e e e
t u re °

f ll m amid th r l rs of th tw lv
e e e u e e e e

ae ons m i d all th ir rul rs th ir lords th ir


,
a e e ,
e , e

authori t i s th i r an g ls and th i r archang ls


e ,
e e , e e .

Wh n th n th y had s n th v stur f light


e ,
e , e ee e e e O

wh i ch was on m th y and th ir unpair d ach e, e e e ,


e

O f th m saw th myst ry of th ir nam which


e ,
e e e e,

was i my v stur f light with which I was


n e e O ,

cloth d ; (4 1 ) th y bow d th ms lv s to g th r
e e e e e e e e ,

th y ador d th v stur of light which was on me


e e e e e , ,

and cr i d out all tog th r say ing H ow hath th


e e e , e

lord of th pl roma ch ng d us without our know


e e a e

i ng ? And th y ll san g tog th r to th int r i or



e a e e e e

of th i nt ri ors And ll t h i r tripl pow rs th ir


e e . a e e e , e
FI RS T B K OO . 41

gr at forefath rs th ir ung nerat d th ir self


e e ,
e e e ,
e

generat d th ir gen rat d their gods th ir


e ,
e e e , ,
e

sparks th ir light b arers in a word al l th ir


,
e -
e , ,
e

gr at on s w the tyrants of th ir r gion with


e e ,
sa e e

th ir power dimin i shed in th m and b come


e e ,
e

f b le ; an d th y also wer in great and boun d


ee e e

l ss fear an d th y saw th myst ry of their


e ,
e e e

na m in my v stur
e d they strov to d raw e e, an e

nigh to ador th mystery of th ir n m wh i ch


e e e a e,

was in my v stur but they could not b caus e e, e e

of the great light that w with m ; b ut th y as e e

ador d a littl r moved from m th y w


e e e e, e or

shipp d th light of my vestur and th y all


e e e, e

cri d out togeth r singing to th int rior of


e e ,
e e

the int riors e .

It cam to pass wh n this was d on



e ,
e e

to the tyrants wh amid th o are e



,

aeons that th y lost courag th y 32


, 22251 e e, e
3

h de ad
f ll down in their aeons an d b came
e , e
t e '

as th m n of th world who
e e d ad who hav e are e ,
e

not in th m any b reath ( 4 2) just as wh n


e ,
e

I took from th m th ir p ow r It cam e e e . e

to pass th r for after this wh n I ha d


,
e e e, , e

l ft th s aeons that v ry one of thos wh


e e e ,
e e e o

w r in th tw lv ons w bound to h i s ord r


e e e e e ae as e ,

and th y accomplish d th ir works as it had


e e e

be n appoint d th m ; so that th y s p nt six


e e e e e

months turning to th l ft accomplish i ng th i r e e ,


e

actions in th ir four angl s th ir thr angl s e e ,


e ee e ,
42 PIST I S S PH I
O A .

an d thos in front f th m an d that th y spent


e O e , e

also six months facing th right [ facing] th ir e , e

thr angl s th ir four an gl s and thos i front


ee e ,
e e , e n

O f th m T his th refor w i ll be th path of


e .
,
e e, e

thos who e in th fat and in th s p h r


are e e e e e .

It cam to pass aft r th s thing that I



e , e e e s,

J es s ”u
came into t h h ight to th veils e e ,
e

$ 323s of
6
th thirt enth on It came
e to e ae ,

ggé fig i t
pass n
wh
s
n I had arriv d
, at its e e

ti sWh
s
v ils that th y w r withdrawn of
i a'
e ,
e e e

th ir w accord ; th y p n d b efor m ; I
e o n e O e e e e

enter d into th thirt nth aeon I found Pi ti


e e ee ,
s s

S o p hia below th thirt nth on quit alone e ee ae , e ,

no b i ng n ar h ; h was sitting in that


on e e e er s e

r gion gri ving and mourn i ng b caus h had


e ,
e , e e s e

not b en brought into th thirt nth on h


e e ee ae ,
er

pro p r r gion i th h ight An d h was


e e n e e . s e

gri v i ng b caus of th vexations which she


e e e e

had b n ma d to su ff r by Arrogant who is


ee e e ,

one f th thr tripl pow rs W hen I come


O e ee e e .

to t ll you of their manat i on I will t ll you the


e e , e

myst ry how that that had com about


e ,
e .

( )
4 3 I t cam to “
pass th r for wh n e ,
e e e, e

Pi ti S ophia had s en m sh i ning e e


S phi d
o a an
s s

xc d ingly th r b ng no m asur
$ xfhig to th l ight which was in me that she
e ee ,
e e ei e e

fig g
i t e e ,
t
w in g reat di str ss and gaz d in to
as e ,
e

th l ig ht of my v s t ure ;
e h saw th mystery e S e e

O f h n m in my v sture and all th glory of


er a e e ,
e
FI RS T B OKO . 43

her mystery for form rly h had b en in th


,
e s e e e

region f th h ight in the th i rt nth on ; so


O e e , ee ae

she b gan to Sing a song to the l ight which is


e

in the height which h ha d s n in th v il of ,


s e ee e e

th treasur
e f l ight It came to pass th r fore
e O .
,
e e ,

when h ha d finish d sin gi ng he song to the


S e e r

l ight which is in the height that all the rulers , ,

wh were n ar th two gr at trip l powers an d


o e e e e ,

her invis ib le pair d with h gaz d [ upon my e er, e

vesture] as well as th two an d tw nty re


,
e e

maining invisib l manations ; for Pi ti S o p hia e e s s

an d h consort tog th r with the tw an d


er ,
e e o

t wnty r maining emanations mak up th fou


e e ,
e e r

an d tw nty manations which w re emanat d by


e e ,
e e

th gr t invisi b l
e ea for father and th two gr at e e e e

tripl powers
e .

It cam to pass wh n Jesus had spoken


e ,
e

th se things unto his di sciples that M y d i


e , ar es r

Mary came forward an d sai d Master if; $ 2 33; : ,


8

I hav h ard th say form rly that


e e
f S Phi
ee e
O ° a °

Pi tis sS ophia was also f the four an d on e O

twenty manations H w then w she not in


e . o , ,
as

their regi on ? For thou hast said ( 4 4 ) I ,


found her b low the thirt enth e e

And J sus answered and sai d unto his d is


e

ci pl es It came to pass when S phi d


: “
, o a, e .


Pi ti S ophia w
s s in th thirt enth iii ifi z as e e
e o en '

gh m d
ae on in th region f all her b roth r
, e O e
li t' fl ‘

invis ib l s wh e e ,
the four and twenty o ar
44 PI ST IS S PH I A
O .

e manations of th gr at invisibl ; it cam to e e e e

p ass th r for b y ord r of the first mystery


, e e e, e ,

that Pi ti S oph i a gaz d into th h ig ht h


s s e e e ,
s e

saw th l i ght of th v il of th tr asur of


e e e e e e

l i ght and h d si d to go into that r gion but


,
s e e re e ,

s h could not
e Sh c as d to do th myst ry . e e e e e

O f th thirt nthe on and b gan to sing a song


ee ae ,
e

to th l ight f th h ight which h had s en in


e O e e ,
s e e

th l i ght of th ve i l f th tr asur of l i ght


e e O e e e .


I t cam to pass th r for wh n h b gan
e ,
e e e, e s e e

to sing h song to th r g i on f th er e e O e
Th l ru
h fhi
rs
a e h ght that all th rul rs who
e ei n ,
e e a re i
f
or cea sin
i
n h i
t
g
er the tw lv ons those wh b low e e ae ,
o a re e ,

my y ster
hat d h b caus h had c as d in

e er , e e s e e e

th i r myst ries and b caus h had d sir d


e e , e e s e e e

to go into th h i ght and b ab ov th m all e e e e e .

For this caus th r fore th y w r nrag d e, e e ,


e e e e e

agai nst h and hat d h And th gr at tri pl


er e er . e e e

pow r Arroga t that i s to say th th i rd tripl


e n , ,
e e

p ow r wh i s i n th thirt nth on th dis


e ,
o e ee ae , e

obed i nt who had not manat d th p uri ty


e o n e, e e e

of th p ow r which was in h im d had not


e e ,
an

g i v n th purity of h i s l ight at th tim wh n


e e e e e

th e rul rs gav th i r purity for h w i sh d to


e e e ,
e e

rul ov r ll th th i rt nth on and thos who


e e a e ee ae ,
e

a re b low it e

( )
4 5 I t cam t p ass“
th r for wh n the e o ,
e e e, e

rul rs of th tw lv ons w r nrag d agai nst


e e e e ae e e e e

Pi ti S ophia wh i s b ov
s s th m and hat d ,
o a e e ,
e
46 PIS TIS S PH IA
O .

and that h might long after it that h m ight s e ,


s e

b take herself to that r gion [ of chaos] an d


e e ,

that i t might tak from h th light which was e er e

in h er .

It cam to pass th refore aft r th s th i ngse , e , e e e ,

S phi
o that h gaze d b lo w ; h saw the
a s e e s e
t k h
th t e
libf d l ght pow r o f Arrogan t
i -f a ce th low r
i -
e in e e
p w
o er o f
g
A rro an t parts and h kn w not that t ,
s e e i

ig ifgh b long d to th i s tripl pow r Arro


r t ’

ii e i t .
e e e e

gant b ut thought that it cam from th l ight


, e e

which h h d s n from the b ginn ing in the


s e a ee e

h ight wh i ch cam fro m th v il of th tr sur


e , e e e e ea e

o f l i ght and she thought to h rs lf I will go e e ,

into that r gion without my consort to take e , ,

t he light which the ons of l ight hav produc d


, ae e e

f orm so that I may go to the light of lights


e, ,

wh i ch is in th h ight of h ights e e e .

Thus po d ring h w nt forth from h



n e ,
s e e er

Sh d e
own
e _
r gion t h thirt nth aeon and e ,
e ee ,

ifizz fgfif
n‘
t
came into the tw l v ons The e e ae .

rul rs of th ons pursu d aft r her ; e e ae e e

°h a°S
th y w r nrag d agains t h in
°

e e e e e er,

t hat she had thought to com into th great e e

n ss Th nce h w nt forth from th tw l


e . e s e e e e ve

ae ons and cam into th r gions of th chaos ;


,
e e e e

s h dr w igh to that lion faced light pow r to


e e n - -
e

d vour it
e
( )
4 7 B ut all t h mat rial
. manat i ons e e e

of Arrogant surround d h and th gr at lion e er, e e

f c d light power devour d all the light powers


a e -
e -
FI RS T B K
OO . 47

which were in S ophia it xpelled h light e er

an d swallowed it and as to h matter Th m ,


er ,
e e an
i f a t on s o

they cast it into the chaos S o it g . Arro an t


qu z h s ee e t e
b cam a l on fac d rul r n chaos l gh
e e i - e e i , i t
t
of wh ch th one hal f fi an d th
i e is re e

oth r darkn ss that I ld b Oth o f which I have


e e -
a a a

spoken to you many tim s Now when this was e .


,

d on S ophia w most xc edingly w ak n d


e, as e e e e e ,

an d that lion face d li g ht pow r b gan to take


- - e e

away from S ophia all her light powers ; an d -

all th material pow rs f Arrogant surround d


e e O e

S ophia at the sam time and constrained her ; e ,

and Pi ti S ophia cried out xce d ingly h


s s e e ,
s e

cri d on h igh to that light of ligh ts which h


e ,
s e

had s en from th b ginning in which h had


e e e ,
s e

t ust d an d rec it d this r p ntanc saying


r e ,
e e e e, :

0 light o f lights in whom I have trust d ,


e

from th b egi nning h ark n now fh g g


e ,
e e ,
e
a
s

P e e ce

ther for 0 light unto my r pent f S PI


e e, ,
e o O
'
fu e -

ance S ave me 0 light for vil thoughts


.
, , e

hav com upon m


e I gazed 0 l ight into
e e .
, ,

th elow r parts ; I saw a lig ht th r


e nd e e, a

I thought ( 4 8) I will go into that region


, ,

to take t hat light And I w nt forth an d . e ,

ell
[ ]
f into th midst of the low r chaos e an d e ,

I can no more l av it to go to my r gion for e e e ,

I am oppr ss d b y all th emanations of this


e e e

Arrogant an d this lion face d pow r hath tak n


,
-
e e

away the light which w in me An d I hav as . e


48 PIS TI S S O PH I A .

cri d for h l p but my vo i c asc nd d not in th


e e , e e e e

darkn ss And I hav gaz d into th h ight


e . e e e e ,

that th l ight in which I had trust d m ight


e ,
e ,

h lp m ; and wh n I look d into th h ight


e e e e e e ,

I saw all th rul rs of th ons in gr at numb r


e e e ae e e ,

an g r d gainst m r j oic i n g ov r m lthough


e e a e, e e e, a

I had don th m no ill ; but th y hat d me e e e e

w i thout a caus And wh n th manat i ons f e . e e e O

Arrogant had s n th rul rs of th ons j i ee e e e ae re o c

ing ov r m th y kn w that th rul rs f th


e e, e e e e O e

ae ons would not id m th y took courag thos a e e e, e

e ma at i ons wh i ch constra i n d m w i th i ol nc
n e e v e e,

and th l ight wh i ch I had not tak n from th m


e e e ,

th y took from m N ow th for 0 l ight f


e e .
,
ere e, O

truth thou kno w st that I hav don th s


,
e e e e e

th ings i n my fool i shn ss b l i v ing that this e ,


e e

l i on f c d l ight pow r b long d unto th ; and


-
a e -
e e e ee

th s i n wh i ch I hav
e don i s cl ar in thy Sight e e e .

S uff r m no mor to b w ak n d 0 l ord for


e e e e e e e , ,

I h v trust d in thy light from th b g inn i n g


a e e e e .

0 lord l i ght f p ow rs suff r m no mor to


, O e ,
e e e

lack my l ight for it i s b c us of thy induc ,


e a e e

m n t and l ight that I am i n th i s agony an d


e ,

sham h th cov r d my fac ( 4 9 ) And b caus


e a e e e . e e

of thy l i ght I m a strang r to my b r thr n ,


a e e e ,

th inv i s i bl s and also to th gr at manations


e e ,
e e e

of B bé lO Th s things hav b fall n m 0


ar . e e e e e e,

ligh t b caus I hav ard ntly long d for thy


,
e e e e e

dw lling ; and th wr th f Arrogant i s fall n


e e a O e
FI RS T B OK O . 49

upon m of him wh woul d not giv ear to thy


e, o e

command to s nd forth th manation of his e e e

pow r for I dw lt in his on without d o ing its


e ,
e ae ,

mystery and all th rulers o f the ons hav


,
e ae e

held m in d rision And I am in this r gion


e e . e ,

g ri v i ng seeking aft r th l i ght which I saw


e ,
e e ,

in th h i ght And th guard i ans of th gat s


e e . e e e

Of the o n s ha e qu stion d m and all those


ae v e e e,

who k ep to their myst ry hav mocked me


e e e .

B ut as for m I gazed i to th height towards e, n e ,

th ee 0 light f li g hts I am oppr ssed in th


. O ,
e e

d arkn ss of this chaos until it b thy good


e ,
e

pl asur to com and sav m Gr at is thy


e e e e e . e

m rcy h r me in truth and p r s rv me sav


e ea ,
e e e ,
e

m from the matt r of this darkn ss t hat I may


e e e ,

no long r b plung d th r in that I may b


e e e e e ,
e

sav d from th ma ations of god Arrogant


e e e n

which constrain m and from their vil do ings e, e .

L t not this darkn ss cov r me and th i s lion


e e e ,

fac d power suff r it not to d vour the whol


e ,
e e e

Of my pow r ntir ly and l t et this chaos e e ,


e no

hid my pow r
e e .

( )
5 0 H ar m 0 light
“ ‘
for thy m ercy is e, ,
e

goo d and look upon m accordi g to th great


,
e n e

m rcy of thy light ; turn not thy fac from m


e e e,

for I am xc dingly torm nt d H ast the


e ee e e . e e

h ark n unto m and pr s rve my power S av


e e e, e e . e

m from th rulers which hat m


e e for thou e e,

k nowest my afflictions an d my d ang r and th ,


e ,
e

4
50 PIS TIS S PHI
O A .

p ri l
e my p o w r which th y hav tak n fro m
Of e e e e

m e .Th y wh hav t m in ll th s v ils


e o e se e a e e e

a re in thy s i ght D unto th m accord ing . O e

to thy good p l asur My pow r look th forth e e . e e

fro m th m i dst of th chaos and from th m i dst


e e ,
e

o f th darkn ss I hav gaz d aft r my consort


e e e e e ,

to if h would com and b ttl for me and


se e e e a e ,

h c m not and I look d th t h should com


e a e ,
e a e e

an d g i v m pow r e d I found h i m not and


e e ,
an ,

wh n I ask d for li ght th y gav m darkn ss ;


e e ,
e e e e

an d wh n I sk d for my p ow r th y g av me
e a e e ,
e e

m tt r Now th r for 0 l ight of l igh ts l t th


a e .
, e e e, ,
e e

d arkn ss and th matt r wh i ch th


e man tions of
e e , e e a

Arrogant hav brough t upon m b snar s for e e, e e

them d l t th m b nsnar d th r i n ;
, an e e m e e e e e reco

p ns th m and l t th m m t w i th s tumbl ing


e e e ,
e e ee

blocks i n ord r tha t th y may not com i nto th


,
e e e e

r g i on f th ir w Arrogant L t th m r ma in
e O e o n . e e e

in darkn ss and l t th m not e ,


th l i g ht ; l t
e e see e e

th m v r b hold th chaos and look not into


e e e e e

th h i ght
e e B r i ng upon th m th i r [ own ]
. e e v en

g ean c e ,and l t thy j dgm nt s i ze upon th m u e e e e ,

( )
5 1 l t th m e not h nc forth
e nt r i n to th i r e e e e e

r gi on n ar th ir god Arrogant ; l t h is mana


e e e e e

t i ons no long r nt r i nto t h i r r g i on for th i r


e e e e e ,
e

g od i s i m pi ous and arrog nt and thought that a ,

h had brought th s
e v i ls upon m of hims lf e e e e e ,

not know i ng th t h dst thou not hum bl d m a ,


a e e

by thy commandm nt h would not hav p e ,


e e re
FI RS T BOOK .
51

vailed against me B ut wh n thou hadst hu m . e

b l d m th y pursu d the mor a fter me an d


e e, e e e ,

thei manat ions ad d d pains to my humil iation


r e e

th y took from me of my light pow r an d b gan


e -
e , e

again to b hostil e to me th y hav constrain d


e e e e

me might ily to tak e away all the li ght which


was in m B ecause th refore of th vils in
e .
,
e , e e

which they have p lanted m su ff r th m not e, e e

to nt r into th thirteenth on the r gion o f


e e e ae , e

ri g ht ousn ss L t th m not be r ckon d in


e e . e e e e

th numb r of thos
e whos light is purifi d
e e e e ,

l t th m not b
e e r ckone d in th num b r e e e e

f those wh will qu i ckly rep nt that they


O o e ,

may sp dily r c iv th myst ry in th light ;


ee e e e e e e

for th y hav tak n my light from me


e e e .

My pow r hath b gun to c as in me and


e e e e ,

I am d stitut f my l ight
e e O .

Now th r fore O light— [ l i ght] which is


,
e e ,

with th and is [ also] with m —I sing thy nam


ee e e

in glory M y my son g pl as th 0 l i ght


. a e e ee, ,

as an xc ll n t myst ry which l ad th to the


e e e e ,
e e

i nt r i or of th gat s f light an d of which th y


e e e O , e

wil l t ll who shall r p n t and whos light Shall


e e e , e

b purifi d Now th r for l t ll matt r rej oice


e e .
,
e e e, e a e .

( )
5 2 S k y all
ee th light that
e th pow r of e , e e

th st rs which is i n us may b
e a r v al d for e e e e ,

t h l i ght hath h ard th matt rs nor will it l av


e e e e ,
e e

any w i thout purging th m L t all so l s and e . e u

matt rs praise th lord of all the aeons and all


e e ,
52 PIS T IS S O PH I A .

that is th r i for God Shall save th ir soul


e e n, e

from all matter and they shall p r par city in ,


e e a

th el ight and all th souls th t shall b sav d


,
e a e e

sh ll dw ll in that city and sh ll inh ri t it


a e ,
a e .

And th soul of th m that shall r c iv th


e e e e e e

mystery shall d w ll in that r gion and th y e e ,


e

that shall hav r c iv d th myst ry in its name e e e e e e

shall dw ll th rein e e .

It cam to p ass wh n J sus had spok n


e ,
e e e

th s th i ngs u to h i s discipl s that h said unto


e e n e ,
e

th m Th i s i s th son g wh i ch Pi ti S o p h ia
e
° “
e s s

utt red i n h first r p nt nc wh n she r p nt d


e er e e a e, e e e e

O f h s i n r citing l l th i ngs wh i ch had b fall n


er ,
e a e e

h er .Now th r for h that hath ars to h ar


,
e e e, e e e ,


l t him he r
e a .

And Mary cam forw rd and said Mast r e a :



e ,

my indw ll r of li ght hath ars and I h ar in


e e e ,
e

my light pow r and thy s p ir i t which is w ith


-
e ,

m i s sob r
e H ark n th r for I wi ll sp ak
e . e e , e e e, e

conc rning th r p ntanc ( 5 3 ) which Pi ti


e e e e e, s s

S oph i a mad sp ak i n g of h s i n and all that


e, e er

b f ll h
e e Thy l ight pow r hath proph s i d of
er .
-
e e e

O ld on this matt r through th proph t Dav i d e e e ,

in th sixty ighth P salm sayin g


e -
e ,

S av m O God for th wat rs


e e, com ,
e e are e

M y ari i v
n ter
n
,
unto my soul
n e I st i ck fast
e or .
,

gifi iig gfi sink i n t h mir of the abyss , and I e e ,

an c f m hav no pow r I am com nto th


e ro
e e e i e
Psa m l
.

d p ths of the a t mp st hath ov r


e sea , e e e
54 PISTIS S O PHI A .

that hate m and from th pit o f the waters


e, e .

L t not th wat r fl d d own m


e e n ith r let e - oo r e, e e

th e deep d vour me l t not the p it seiz me


e , e e

with its mouth H ar m 0 lord for thy . e e, ,

m rcy is sw t According to th multi tu d e f


e ee . e O

thy merc i s look upon m Turn not thy fac


e e . e

from thy servant for I am oppr ss d H ar me ,


e e . e

sp di ly Giv he d to my soul an d save it


ee . e e .

S av m from my n mi s for thou hast known


e e e e e ,

my rebuk my sham and my affl i ction Al l


e, e, .

th y who afflict me are in thy s ig ht My h art


e . e

gaz e th on r buk and misfortune I look d for e e


. e

h i m who should sorrow with m b ut I found him e,

no t ; for h i m wh should comfor t m and I o e,

found him not Th y have giv n m gall for . e e e

m t and in my thirst th y gav m vi n gar to


ea e e e e

dr i nk L t their tab l b u to th m a sn r a t
. e e e n e a e, ne ,

a r tri but i on d a stum b l ing block B nd th i r


e an -
. e e

back for ll tim Trampl th m und r foot i n


a e . e e e

thy a g r l t th wrat h f thy displ asur se i z


n e ,
e e O e e e

hold u p on th m L t th ir habitat i on b d so
e . e e e e

lat l t no
e, e dw ll i th i r realm ; for th y
on e e n e e

hav p rs cut d him whom thou h st sm i tt n


e e e e a e .

Th y hav add d b i tt rn ss to th i r p in
e e e e e e a .

Th h v add d i niquity to th ir in i qu it i s
ev a e e e e .

L t th m not com i nto thy r i ght ousn ss ( 5 5 )


e e e e e

l t th m b w i p d out of th book of th l i ving


e e e e e e .

L t th m not b i nscri b d among th right ous


e e e e e e .

I am p oor an ndur r f gri f Th s lvat i on


,
e e O e . e a
FI RS T B K OO . 55

of thy count nance hath r ceiv d m unto its lf


e e e e e .

I wil l bless the name of God in a song and I ,

will magnify it with a b ene di ction This shall .

pl as th lord b ett r than a calf w b orn that


e e e e ne -

putt th forth its horns or than a young ki d Let


e ,
.

the poor an d b glad S k y Go d that


see e . ee e ,

your souls m y liv for the lord hath h ard the


a e e

poor and d spiseth not them wh


, e in th o are e

b ands of brass L t heav n and earth b l ss th


. e e e e

lord th sea an d ll that is th r in For God


, e a e e .

will save and pr s rve in S ion d they wil l e e ,


an

b uild th citi s f Jud a that they may dw ll


e e O ae ,
e

in th m and find in them th i r inh ritanc


e ,
e e e .

Th s d of h i s servants shall p oss ss it and


e ee e ,

they who love h i s nam shall dw ll th r i n e e e e .


It cam to p ass wh n Mary h d spok n


e ,
e a e

th se words unto J sus in th m i dst of th


e e ,
e e

discipl s that h sai d unto h i m Mast r th i s


e ,
s e :

e ,

is the i nt rpretat i on of th myst ry of th e


e e e e r

p e t
n an c e of Pi ti S ophia s s .

( )
5 6 It cam to pa s wh n J sus had eh ard s ,
e e e

Mary sp ak th s words that h said unto


e e e ,
e

her : W ll sa i d M ry thou bl ss d n the


e ,
a ,
e e o e,

p rf ction of wom n th most b l ss d of p f


e e e , e e e er ec

tions thou whom th y shall b atify in very


, e e e

gen ration
e .

And J sus continued in h i s conversation and


e ,

said Pi ti
: S ophia th n san g h Th c d

s s
p c
e er
re
e se on
en ta n e
second r p ntanc say g L ght of f S phi
e e e, in :

i o o a
56 PISTIS S O PH I A .

lights in whom I hav trust d l v m t in


,
e e ,
ea e e no

the darkn ss until th n d of my tim Aid


e e e e .

m e,and save m i n thy myst r i s Incl i n e, e e . e

th i n e unto m and sav m May the


ear e, e e .

p ow r of thy l i ght prot ct m and carry m to


e e e, e

th ons of th height ; for it is thou who shalt


e ae e

sav m and tak me i nto th h i gh t of thy


e e, e e e

ae ons P r s rv m 0 l ight from th hand of


. e e e e, , e

this l i on fac d p ow r and from th hands of th


-
e e e e

e manat i ons f god Arrog nt ; for t hi n i s th


O a e e

light in wh i ch I hav trust d I have trust d in e e e

thy li g h t from th b g i n ing I hav trust d in e e n ,


e e

i t from th hour wh n i t s nt m forth thou it


e e e e

is who
, d t m to manat
cau se As for m I
s e e e . e,

hav trust d i n thy li ght from th b ginn i ng


e e e e .

And wh n I trust d i n th th rul rs f th


e e ee , e e O e

ae ons mock d t m say i ng Sh hath c as d in


e a e, ,
e e e

he myst ry T i s thou who sh lt s v m ’
r e a a e e,

( )
5 7 thou my savio r thou my myst ry u ,
e ,

0 li ght My mouth hath b n fill d with


. ee e

pra i s that I may t ll f t h myst ry of thy


e, e o e e

gr atn ss for all tim N w th r for 0 l igh t


e e e . o ,
e e e, ,

l av m not i n chaos until th


e e e d of ll my , e en a

t i m L v m not b h ind th 0 l igh t for


e . ea e e e ee, ,

th y hav tak n from m my l ight p ow r


e e e e -
e en

ti ly and l l th
re ,
m n t i ons of A rrogan t hav
a e e a a e

surround d m Th y sou g ht to t k w y th
e e . e a e a a e

whol f my l ight to th v ry xt rior ; th y


e O e e e e e

hav t a watch on my p ow r
e se say i n g e ,
on e
58 PI S T IS S O PH IA .

And P et er
answ re d and said unto Jesus e

P i eter n ter Master giv that I may xpound ,


e ear e
retet h h t
sc d
e on the m an ng o f h r p ntanc
re
e
f
e i er e e e, O

fiififig fim which f ld thy pow r p ro p h s i d


a
O O e e e
l
xx ‘

through Dav id th pro p h t who s p ake e e ,

h err p ntanc in the s v nti th P salm


e e e e e e

I th‘
O God my God I hav put my
n ee , , ,
e

trust l t m not b p ut to confusion for v r


, e e e e e .

P r s rve m in thy r i ght ousn ss


e e e d sav m e e ,
an e e .

I ncl i n th i e unto m to pr s rv m B e
ne ear e e e e e
.

thou unto m a strong God d a stronghold e ,


an

to p r s rv m For thou art my foundation


e e e e .

and my refuge O my God sav m from the .


, e e

hand of th s i nn r from th hand of th trans


e e ,
e e

g resso rof th law and from th iemp i ous for ,


e ,

thou t my sup p ort 0 lord thou art my hop


ar , ,
e

from my ch i ldhood by th hav I b n hold n ee e ee e

up from th b gi nn i ng wh n thou e e d t m , e cau se s e

to com forth from my moth r s womb I will


e e

.

call th to m i nd for v r ( 5 9 ) I was as n


ee e e . o e

O f the fool i sh for th crowd Thou art my h l p e . e

and my su pp ort ; thou art my sav i our 0 lord ,


.

My mouth is fill d w i th bl ssi g that I may e e n ,

b l ss th glory f thy gr atn ss all th d y long


e e O e e e a .

C ast m not aw y i n th t im f g and caus


e a e e O a e, e

not my soul to b without str ngth Cast m e e . e

not b hind th f r min n m i s s p ak vi l


e ee , o e e e e e e

against m ; and th y wh k p watch on my


e e o ee

soul hav tak n couns l tog th r say ing God


e e e e e , ,
FI RS T B K OO . 59

hath forsaken him R un an d ta k him for . e ,

th re is no one to h lp him 0 Go d hast


e e .
, e

th to my h l p Let th m b e asham d l t
ee e . e e ,
e

them ceas to accuse my soul l t th m b


e ,
e e e

cov re d with shame and affliction wh s k to


e o ee

do m vil e e .

This th n is the int rpretation f th s con d


,
e , e O e e

r p ntanc which Pi ti S ophia mad


e e e s s e .

Th saviour answer d an d said nto P t r


e e u e e

It is w ll P t r ; that is th inter J u
e ,
e e e
es
p s ro

p t t
re a i on f h r p ntanc
O B l ss d m er h e e e . e e set to

fi i i
’ ’
are
y b yond
e all em w h are on the i i ifi f en o es
l h g al t i n s
earth th t I have r veal d unto you
.

,
in a e e

th s mysteri s Am n am n I say un to you


e e e . e ,
e , ,

( )6 0 I will p rf ct you i n very perfe ction e from e e ,

th myst ri s of the int r i or to th mysteri s o f


e e e e e e

the xt r i or ; I will fill you with th Sp i rit so


e e e ,

that y shall b call d spiritual p rf ct in all


e e e ,
e e

p rf ct i ons And am n a m n I say unto you


e e .
,
e ,
e ,

I will give unto you all th myst ri s of all th e e e e

r gions f my fath r and of all th r gions


e O e ,
e e

O f the first mystery so that h whom ye ,


e

Shall r c iv on arth shall b r c iv d in th


e e e e , e e e e e

l ight f th h i ght ; and h whom ye shall


O e e e

r j ct on arth shall b r j ct d in th kingdom


e e e ,
e e e e e

O f my fath r who is in th heavens e H arken e . e

th r for and g i v
e e e, to all th r p ntanc s e ear e e e e

wh i ch Pi ti S ophia s p ak s Sh s cont i nu d e . e e

and spak h th i rd r pentanc say i g


e er e e, n
60 PISTI S S PH I
O A .

light of powers give h d and save me


0 ,
ee .

L t th m that s k to tak e away e ee e


Th hi d
e t r

my light b d stitut and l t th m e e e, e e

dw ll in th d arkn ss L t th m e e e . e e

that s k to tak my pow r h turn d into


ee e e e e

chao d l t th m be asham d
s, an L t th m
e e e . e e

d sc nd sp d i ly into th darkn ss who con train


e e ee e e ,
s

m saying
e, W hav mast r d h ,

B ut l t

e e e e er . e

all thos who s k for th l ight r jo i c and b


e ee e ,
e e e

glad l t them that d sire thy myst ry say v r


e e e ,
e e ,


May th myst ry b xalt d e
( )
6 1 Now e e e e .
,

th r for
e e 0 l ig ht pr s rv m
e, for I lack my ,
e e e e,

light which th y hav tak n away ; and I am e e e

d st itut f my pow r which th y hav tak n


e e O e e e e

from m Thou th r fore 0 l ight thou art my


e .
, e e , ,

sav i our T i s thou who p r s rv st m 0 l ight


.

e e e e, .

H ast th e sav m from th i s chaos


e e ,
e e .

It c m to pass wh n J sus had finish d


a e ,
e e e

sp ak ing th s words unto h i s d i scipl s say ing


e e e e , ,


Th i s is th th i rd r p nt nc f Pi ti S o p h i a
e e e a e O s s ,

that h sai d unto th m L t h i m i n whom a


e e :

e

p rc pt iv m ind i s wak n d com for ward and


e e e a e e ,
e ,

l t h i m xpound th m ning of th r p ntanc


e e e ea e e e e

wh i ch Pi ti S o p h i s p ak s s a e .

It cam to pass wh n J sus had fin i sh d


e ,
e e e

M h
a rt

k h d
as et
s
a p k ing that Martha cam forward ;
an
ea ,
e

c v h
re ei eth bow d h rs lf at th f t of J sus
s e e e e e ee e
p mi i
er ss on
to p k
s ea and k ss d th m ; h cr d aloud and
. i e e s e ie ,

w p t w i th groan in g and humbl n ss say i ng


e e e ,
:
62 PISTIS S PH I
O A .

r p ntance spok n by Pi ti S o p hia wh n h


e e e s s , e s e

san g a song to th h ight e e .

It cam to pass wh n J sus had h ard Martha


e , e e e

sp ak th s words that h said unto h


e e e W ll , e er

e

said Martha ; i t i s w ll
, e .

A d J sus cont i nu d i n his conv rsation and


n e e e ,

s ai d unto his discipl s Pi ti S o p hia con e


° “
s s

ti d w i th a fourth r p ntanc
nu e r cit i ng it b e e e, e e

f or th y had constrain d h
e e a s cond tim so e er e e,

t hat t h y m i ght onc e mor tak aw y all th e e e a e

ligh t that was i n h — that lion fac d p ow r er -


e e ,

an d all th m t r i al man tions which w r with


e a e e a e e

i t thos wh i ch Arro gant had sent i nto th


,
e e

c haos h r cit d then h r p ntanc as


s e e e er e e e

follows :

0 l i ght in whom I hav trust d h ar my


,
e e ,
e

312
1

335 22 r p ntanc and l t my vo i c


e e com e, e e e

“ S phi o
into thy dw lling p lac
e
Turn not e -
e .

thy imag f l i ght from m but r gard m


e O If e, e e .

t h y constr i n m
e hast th and sav m
a e, e ee, e e,

w h n I shall cry unto th


e for my t i m pass th ee , e e

away as vapour and I am b com matt r


,
e e as e .

Th y have tak n away my li g ht d my p ow r


e e ,
an e

i s dr i d up e I hav forgott n my myst ry


. e e e

wh i ch I p rform d in th b ginn i ng ; b caus f


e e e e e e O

t h d i n of th f ar and p ow r
e f Arrogant my
e e e O ,

pow r hath f il d i n m I am b com as a


e a e e . e e

m re d mo dw llin g i n mat t r ; I am becom


e ae n e e e

l ik th count rf i t f th spirit which is in a


e e e e O e ,
FI RS T B K
OO . 63

mat rial body in which ther is no light power I


e ,
e -

am b com lik as a m r d can of th air


e e e e e e e .

Th e manations of Arrogant hav constrained


e e

m mightily and my consort ha t h said to him


e ,

s lf Instead of th light which was i n h th y


e ,

e er, e

hav fil l d h with chaos I hav mys lf d
e e er . e e e

v o u re d th sw at f my matt r and th angu i sh


e e O e , e

of th tears f th matt r f my y s that th y


e O e e O e e ,
e

wh w r constraining m m i gh t
o e e t tak what e no e

r ma i ns ( 6 4 ) All th s things hav b n done


e . e e e ee

unto m 0 l ight b y thy ord r and command


e, ,
e

m nt and it i s thy comm ndm nt that I am


e ,
a e

th r in Thy commandm nt hath brought me


e e . e

b low
e d I am desc nd d l i ke a pow r f
,
an e e e O

chaos my pow r hath grown cold i n m


,
e e .

B ut thou lor d thou t th light t rnal



, , ar e e e ,

and thou dost visit th m whom th y constr i n e e a ,

at al l tim s Now th r for 0 ligh t aris s k


e .
,
e e e, ,
e, ee

my pow r and th soul which is in me Thy


e e .

commandm nt is accompl i sh d wh i ch thou e e ,

di dst d cr for m i n my afflict i ons My tim


e ee e . e

is com for th to visi t my pow r and my soul


e ee e .

This i s th tim which thou di dst d cr tha t


e e e ee

thou wouldst v isit m so that th saviours e, e

should s k for th pow r wh i ch is in my soul


ee e e

( for i ts numb r is accompl i sh d ) and th t th y


e e ,
a e

shoul d also sav th matt r th r of At that tim e e e e e . e,

th n all th rul e rs of th mat rial ons shall f ar


e , e e e ae e

thy light and all th manations of th thir


,
e e e
64 PIS T I S S PH I
O A .
°

teen th material on shall f ar th myst ry of thy ae e e e

light and thus caus th oth rs to put on th


,
e e e e

glory f th ir l ight for th sav i our shall v i sit


O e ,
e

th pow re f th i r soul H ha th r v al d h i s
e O e . e e e e

myst ry for h will regard th r p ntanc of


e ,
e e e e e

th m who inhabit th low r r gi ons nor w ill h


e e e e ,
e

disr gard th i r r p ntanc Th i s th n is that


e e e e e .
,
e ,

myst ry wh i ch hath b com th t y p for th


e e e e e e

rac which shall b ng nd r d ; and th rac


e e e e e e e e

wh i ch shall b ng nd r d w ill sing a song e e e e e

to th h i ght for th l ight hath r garded from


e e ,
e e

th h ight of its l ight ( 6 5 ) I t w i ll r gard


e e . e

e v ry matt r to h ar th s i ghs of th m that


e e ,
e e e

a re b ound to unloos th p ow r f th souls


,
e e e O e

whos pow r i s bound and to plac his nam i n


e e ,
e e

th soul and h i s myst ry i n th pow r



e ,
e e e .

It c m to p ss that wh n J sus h d spok n


a e a e e a e

Jh ko n as
th s words unto h i s discipl s say i ng
e e e ,

et h d
hp
un
an to th m This
re is th fourth r p nt e ,

e e e
c ei v et er

mi anc r cit d b y Pi ti S oph i a ; now


ssi on to e e e s s ,
S pe a k
th r for l t him who d t d th
.

e e e, e un ers an e ,

un d rstand — it cam to p ass wh n J sus had


e e e e

spok n th s words that John cam forward ;


e e e , e

h ador d th br ast f J sus and said unto


e e e e O e ,

him Mast r g iv commandm nt to m also


: “
e ,
e e e ,

and su ff r m to utt r th x planation f th


e e e e e O e

fourth r p nt nc r c i t d by Pi ti S o p hia
e e a e e e s s .

And J sus sai d unto John I g ive th


e :

ee

commandm nt and I b i d th xpound th i e ,


ee e e n
66 PI S TI S S PH I
O A .

thou lord thou t for v r and thy


Bu t , , ar e e ,

r m mbranc is from g n r tion to g n ration


e e e e e a e e .

Aris th r for and hav m rcy upon Si on for


e, e e e, e e ,

th t i m
e h th com to hav m rcy upon h
e a e e e er,

y ea ,thy t i m hath com Thy s rvants have e


. e e

sought h s ton s and w i ll tak p ity on h so i l


er e ,
e er ,

that th nati on m y f ar th nam of th lord


e a e e e e ,

and th k ings of th rth thy glory ; for th


e e ea e

lord shall bu i ld Si on to r v al hims lf i n his e e e

glory H hath r gard d th p ray r f th m


. e e e e e O e

t hat humbl and hath not d s p is d th ir


are e, e e e

su pp l i cat i o L t th m wr i t nt his i. anoth r e e e n e

book d th p opl that w ill b ng nd r d


,
an e e e e e e e e

shall bl ss th lord for h hath look d down


e e ,
e e

from h i s holy h i gh t Th lord hath gaz d e . e e

upon th h av n and th rth to h ar th si g hs


e e e e ea , e e

of th m that e bound ; ( 6 7 ) to unloos th a re e e

childr n f th m whom th y h v k i ll d that


e O e e a e e ,

th y m y utt r th nam of th lord i n S ion


e a e e e e

and his p ra i s i n J rusal m e e e .


Th i s 0 Mast r is th i nt rpr tation of th


,
e ,
e e e e

myst ry of th r p ntanc r c i t d by Pi ti
e e e e e, e e s s

S ophia .

It cam to p ss wh n John had finish de a ,


e e

m sp king th s words to J sus i th


Iisidtf
l ’ ’
ea e e e ,
n e
r i e i

Jh
o n . mids t f th di sci p l s that J sus said O e e ,
e

u nto h i m W ll sa i d John the v i rg i n wh


:

e , , ,
o

shall rul i n th kingdom of l ight e e .

And J sus conti nu d h i s conv rsati on and


e e e ,
FI RS T BOO K . 67

said unto his discipl es : It came to pass a gain


that the manations of Arrogant once Th m
e
ee an a

mor constra n d P t S oph a n th tA g f t


e i e is is i i e l en s o
rro an

chaos and th commandm nt had not qu z h


,
s
e m e e
s
e
ee e t e
come from h first mystery to
3
t 11 f
;g
t ut o
85
e e
y 1
,

set h fr from chaos It came to


er ee .

pass th r fore wh n the mat rial manations of


, e e ,
e e e

Arrogant constrained h that she cri d out er, e

r cit i ng this fifth r p ntance saying


e e e ,

Light f my salvation I s nd forth a song


O ,
e

unto th in th r gion of th h ight and Thp fif h c


ee e e e e ,
re
e
en tan
t
e

also chaos I W ll hymn th e my f S ph


in . i e in o o ia .

song which I sang in th h ight ; wh i ch I have e e

sung t in chaos oo Let it com into thy . e

pr senc Giv h d 0 light to my rep nt


e e . e ee , , e

anc ( 6 8) for my pow r i s fill d with darkn ss


e, e e e ,

and my light hath com into chaos I m e . a

b com also lik as the ru l rs of chaos th y


e e, ,
e e ,
e

wh go into th low r darkn ss


o I hav become e e . e e

as a mat rial b ody which hath no


e to sav it in , on e e

th he i ght
e I am b com also lik mat t r from
. e e e e

which th pow r hath be n t ken [ matter] cast


e e e a

into chaos which thou hast not pr s rv d


, e e e ,

which hath p rish d b y thy co mmandm nt e e e .

Now th r fore I hav b e n t in th low r


,
e e ,
e e se e e

darkn ss ; in darkn ss an d i n d ad matt r i n


e e , e e ,

wh i ch th r is no p ow r Thou hast b rought


e e e .

thy commandm nt upon m and upon v ry e e, e e

thing as thou hast d cr ed Thy spirit hath e e .


68 PIS T IS S O PH I A .

d parted an d left m Mor over by thy com


e ,
e . e ,

mandm nt th manatio s of my on hav not


e , e e n ae e

com to my ai d Th y hav h ld m in d t st
e . e e e e e e a

tion and k p t th ms lv s from m


,
Y t am I
e e e e e . e

not utt rly ru in d thou g h my light i s diminish d


e e , e

in m I h ve cr i d to th li ght w i th all th
e . a e e e

light that was i n m and I hav stre tch d forth e, e e

my h nds unto th a ee .

Now th r for 0 l ight sur ly thou wilt


,
e e e, ,
e

fulfil thy commandm nt i n chaos S ur ly th e . e e

saviours who should com b y thy comm nd


,
e a ,

sur ly th y w i ll r i s i n th darkn ss d com


e e a e e e an e

to l arn f th ? S ur ly th y w il l u tt r th
e O ee e e e e

myst ry of thy n m i n ch os ? S ur ly t
e a e a e ,
a

l ast th y w i ll utt r thy nam i n th m tt r of


e ,
e e e e a e

chaos [ th n m ] wh r by thou wilt i llumin t


,
e a e e e a e

it ?

B ut as for m I s nd forth a song unto

,
e, e

th 0 light and my r p ntanc shall r ach


ee, ,
e e e e

unto th in th h ight ( 6 9 ) L t thy l ight


ee e e . e

com u p on m for th y hav t k n away my


e e, e e a e

l ight and I am in afflicti on b caus of th light


,
e e e

from th t i m I was mad to manat ; wh n I


e e e e e e

g z d i nto th h ight towards th l i ght and I


a e e e e ,

g z d b low towards th i s l i ght p o w r wh i ch is in


a e e -
e

chaos ; wh n I ros u p and f ll down Thy e e e .

comm ndm nt hath com upon m and th


a e e e, e

t rrors which thou didst d cr hav thrown


e ,
e ee, e

m into confus i on th y hav surround d m in


e e e e e
70 PISTIS S PH I A
O .

me mightily to come forward to expoun d th i e n

te p t ti
r re aof th r p ntanc of Pi ti S ophia ;
on e e e e s s

b ut I hav not b n abl to do so for i t i s I


e ee e ,

wh write down all th words


o e .

I t cam to pass wh n J sus had h ar d P hili p


e ,
e e e ,

J u es
h
l a i n et
that
s ex h said unto him H earken
e ,

p
h h
t at t e P h i l i p thou bl ss d ,
whil I sp ak e e on e, e e
a pp m dl
o te
c ib
s r unto th e f tl thou and Thomas
es are e , OI
' ’
S , ,

T htgg and Matth w wh hav be n charg d


’ d n
a e ,
o e e e ,

by th first myst ry to wr i t down e e ,


e

ev ry word wh i ch I shall s p ak and v r thing


e e , e e y

wh i ch I shall do and v rything which y shall ,


e e e

see .B ut as for th th tal f th words ee, e e O e

which thou hast to wr i t i s not compl t d e, e e .

B ut wh n it shall b com p l t d thou shalt com


e e e e ,
e

forward thou sh lt utt r that wh i ch thou sh lt


,
a e a

d s ir Now th r for it is y thr who s h ll


e

e .
, e e e, e ee a

wr it v ry word wh i ch I sh ll sp k and
e e e a ea ,

e v r th i n g wh i ch I sh ll do and
e y and I w i ll a see,

b ar w i tn ss to you f all things which


e e in th O are e

k i gdom of th h av ns And wh n J sus ha d


n e e e . e e

spok n th s words h sa i d unto h i s d i scipl s


e e e ,
e e

H that hath ars to h ar l t him h r
e e e ,
e ea .

( )
7 1 And Mary start d forward again h e e ,
S

M
cam
a ry i n ter_
i nto th mi d st
e h stood b y e ,
s e

P
w d
reteth

or s
P h i
of
l ip
th e and sa i d unto J sus
,
Mast r e e ,

J esu s
j
c i g h
ern n
my i dw ll r of light hath ars
00 n
t e
n- d I e e e ,
an

th w
r ee
n esses
am r ady to h ar i n my p ow r and I
it e e e ,

hav und rstood th d i scours wh i ch


.

e e e e
FI RS T BOOK . 71

thou hast utt red Now th r for my Mast r e .


,
e e e, e ,

heark n tha t I may sp ak in freed om Thou


e e .

hast sai d unto us H that hath ears to he r ,


e a ,

l t hi m h ar C onc rning th discours wh i ch



e e . e e e

thou hast utt r d unto P h i l ip It is to th e e e ,



e ,

and Thomas and Matth w to whom it hath b en


,
e ,
e

entrust d to you thre by the first myst ry


e -
e e

to writ down v ry word f the k i ngdom of


e e e O

light in ord r that ye may b ear witn ss ther of


,
e e e

heark n therefor wh il I xpound th int r


e ,
e, e e e e

pr tation of this word which thy li ght pow r


o ,
-
e

proph s i d f ol d through Mos s saying B y


e e O e , ,

tw or thr witn ss s v rything shall abound ’


o ee e e e e .

Th e thr w i tn ss s eeP hili p Thomas an d e e are , ,


Matth w e .

It cam to pass th r for wh n J sus had


e ,
e e e, e e

h ard th se wor ds th t h sai d Pm p i


e e ,
a e
s
w g iv
Well said Mary this i s th int r p m i
, , e e
no
er i ss
en
on

re a t ti f t h wor d Now th r for Sp k e e e,


to ea
p on O e .
,

do thou P hili p com forward xpoun d th in


, ,
e ,
e e

t p t ti
er re a of th myst ry of th fifth rep nt
on e e e e

anc f Pi ti S ophia and aft rward tak thy


e O s s ,
e ,
e

s at and writ down v ry word which I shall


e , e e e

utt r until thou hast accomplish d th numb r


e e e e

which hath fall n to thy lot d which thou e ,


an

hast to writ i n th words of th kingdom f e e e O

l i ght Aft rwards thou shalt com forwar d


. e ,
e ,

and xpound what thy spirit shall have und r


e e

stood ( 7 2) Now t h r for


. xpoun d th i ,
e e e, e e h
72 PI STIS S PH I
O A .

terpretatio n of the myst ry of th fifth r p nt e e e e



anc of Pi ti S oph i a
e s s .

And P hilip answ r d and said unto J sus e e e

Mas t r gi c wh i l I xpound th int r


e ,
ve ar, e e e e

p t
re a ti of h on rep ntanc for thy
er p ow r ha t h
e e, e

proph si d f old conc rning this throu g h David


e e O e ,

i n th forty —ev nth P salm say i n g


e s e P , :

0 lord God f my salvatio I hav cr i d


,
O n, e e

P hili p in unto th day and n i ght L t my ee . e


terp retet
th e fi fthw
h
pray r nt r n t o thy pe r s nc e In e i e e e ,

pen ta n ce
fic mP m sal
cl n th n i 0 elord unto imy e ea r , ,

s pp l i cat i on for my soul i s full of


u ,

e vi l and my lif
,
draw th nigh unto h ll I ame e e .

count d among th m that go down into th pi t


e e e .

I hav b com e a m who ha th no h lp


e e as an e .

Fr among th d ad l i k unto th wound d


ee e e ,
e e e ,

s tr tch d out and sl pi g i n th tombs of


e e ee n e ,

whom thou in truth th i nk st not and who hav


, ,
e , e

b n l id low by thy hands Th y hav l ft m


ee a . e e e e

i n pi t b low in darkn ss and i n th shadow


a e ,
e e

of d ath Thy wra th i s h rd u p on m and all


e . a e,

thy d i squi tud h th com upon m


e e
( D i aa e e .

p l
sa m ) Thou
a . hast put w y m i n cqua i nt a a e a

anc far from m ; th y hav look d on m as


e e e e e e

an bom i nat i on Th y hav b ndon d m


a . e e a a e e,

and I cannot g t forth My y ha th b com e . e e e e

f bl i n my p ov rty d I h v cr i d unto th
ee e e ,
an a e e ee,

0 lord th whol day long ; I hav s tr tch d


,
e e e e e

forth my hands un to th W ilt thou not Show ee .


74 PIST IS S O PH I A .

continu d to sp ak H said unto his discipl s


e e . e e


T h n d i d Pi ti S ophia cry to th light in
e s s e ,

ord r that h sin might be forgiv n h in


e er e er,

l aving h r gion and go i ng into th d rkn ss


e er e e a e .

Sh r c i t d h s i xth r pentanc saying


e e e er e e,

( )
7 4 I s i n g a “
song

unto th 0 light ee , ,

Th S i he
inxt
th dark n ss f the low r r g i ons ;
e e O e e

re p g ve
en te n c e to my r p ntanc
i d may thy ear e e e, an
O f s ph o ’ a'

l ight giv h d to th voic of my e ee e e

pray r 0 li ght if thou b ar st i n mind my


e .
,
e e

s in I shall not be abl to com nigh th and


,
e e ee,

thou wilt abandon m ; for thou 0 light thou e , ,

art my savi our b caus of th l ight f thy am , e e e O n e .

I h trust d in the 0 l i ght and m pow r


av e e e, ,
y e

hath trust d i n thy mys t ry and also my pow r


e e , e

hath trust d i n th light which is in th h ight ;


e e e e

i t h th trust d also in th chaos b low L t all


a e e e . e

th p o w rs wh i ch
e e i n m trust in th l ight are e, e ,

whil I am in th lo w r darkn ss may th y also


e e e e e

trust i n th li ght if th y go into th r gion ofe ,


e e e

th h ight for it i s [ th l i ght] wh i ch shall


e e , e see

and s v us and th r is a gr at myst ry f


a e ,
e e e e O

salvati on i n i t It i s th l i ght that shall sav . e e

all th p ow rs of chaos b caus of my trans


e e e e

g i for
ress o n , I hav l ft my r gion I am com e e e . e

into ch os a .

Now th r for h whos mind is exalted



,
e e e, e e ,

l t h i m und rstan d
e e .

I t cam to p ass ther for when J sus had


e , e e, e
FI RS T B K OO . 75

finishe d speaking thes words unto his dis e

cipl that he sai d


es, U n d erstand y how I :

e

sp ak ?
e

And Andr w came forward and sai d Mast r


e e ,

conc rning th sixth r pentance f Pi ti S ophia


e e e O s s ,

thy power hath proph s i e d f ol d through e O

Davi d in the n hun d red an d twenty ninth


,
o e -

P salm sayin g ,
:

(75) I have cried unto the


“ ‘
0 lor d from e, ,

th e depth of t h ab yss H ar my A drew i e . e n n

vo i c eL t thin ears giv he d to fi


. e figg
p
fg
ffi
h
e e e

th V o ce of my pray r 0 lord f
p c re en tan e
e i
o m Ps lm e .
,
i
fr a

t ho u m k t my sins who will b ’ °XX X '


re ar es ,
e

ab l to stand ? For pardon is in thy hands


e .

B caus of thy nam I have wait d 0 lord My


e e e, e , .

soul hath waited for thy words ; my soul hath


t ust d in th lord from morning until v ning
r e e ,
e e .

Let Isra l trust in th lord from th morni g


e e e n

until th v ning for m rcy is in th hand o f


e e e ,
e e

th lor d and th r
e is gr at salvation i n hi m
, e e e

and h shall r deem Isra l from all his sins


e e e .

J sus sa i d unto him


e W ll sai d Andr w :

e ,
e

thou bl ss d That is th int r J u m


e e on e . e e
es s co

pre at ti n f h or pentanc O Am n m d h
er
d w
e e . e ,
An
en
re
et

amen I say unto you I will p rfect Hh P m ih


.

, , e e ro s
et th at t e
you in all th myst ries of l ight an d y e e t ra n ts
h ll b ,
s a e
all th gnos s from th int r i or f j udg d d
e e ,
e e O e an
c um d on s e
the int riors to th xt rior of th by h fi
e e e e e t e re
fm d m ‘

ext r ors from th n ffab l to th


e i , e i e e e
0 s o
76 PISTIS S PH I
O A .

d arkn ess of darkness s and f om th l igh t o f e ,


r e

lights to th d pths f matt r from all the gods


e e O e ,

to all th d mons fro m ll th lords to all the


e ae ,
a e

decan s, from all th pow rs to all th workmen e e e ,

from th cr at i on f m to b asts cattl an d


e e O en e ,
e

r pt i l s in ord r that you may b call d p rf ct


e e , e e e e e ,

p rfect d in v ry p rf cti on ( 7 6 ) Am n am n
e e e e e e . e ,
e ,

I say unto you in th r g i on wh r I shall b e ,


e e e e

in th k i ngdom of my fath r th r shall y b


e e ,
e e e e

also w i th m And wh n th umb r f th e


. e e n e O e

p rf ct sh ll b compl t d so that th mixture


e e a e e e , e

m y b r solv d I shall giv ord r for th m to


a e e e , e e e

bring all th tyr nt gods who r fus d to give


e a ,
e e

th glory f th i r light and shall giv command


e O e ,
e

m nt to th fi f w i sdom through wh i ch th
e e re O ,
e

p rf ct p ass t consum to th i nt r i or thos


e e ,
o e e e e

tyran ts u t i l th y shall hav yi ld d up th last


n e e e e e

glory of th ir light e .

It c m t p ass wh n J sus h d spok n th s


a e o ,
e e a e e e

M ym
ar teb
words unto h i s di scipl s that h said e , e

p
w d
or s of
h
r eteth t e
unto th m Und rst nd y h w Ie : e a e o

J u
es s
.

sp ak unto you ? e

And Mary sa i d un to h i m Y Mas t r I :



ea , e ,

hav und rstood th word wh i ch thou hast


e e e

s p ok n C o c rning th n that wh i ch thou


e . n e ,
e ,

hast said nam ly th t i n th d i ssolu ti on f th


,
e ,
a e O e

whol m i xtur thou shouldst tak thy s t on a


e e, e ea

ligh t p ow r and thy d i sc ip l s that i s t say


-
e ,
e ,
o ,

ours lv s should it at thy right that thou


e e ,
s ,
78 PIS T IS S PH I A
O .

l ig ht I hav lift d up my fac unto


0 ,
e e e

Th e th 0 l i ght I hav trust d in th


ee .
,
e e ee .

52 52 23 S u ff r m
06
not to b put to confusion
e e e
f S phi
l t not th rul rs f th tw lv ons
o o a.
e e e O e e e ae ,

who hate m r j o i c ov r m ; for whosoev r e, e e e e e

trus t th i n th shall not b asham d L t


e ee e e . e

th m that have tak n a way my pow r dw ll in


e e e ,
e

darkn ss Th y shall get from it no p rofit b t


e . e , u

it shall b tak n from th ir hands e


( )
7 8e0 light e .
,

t ach m thy p aths and I shall b pr s rv d i n


e e ,
e e e e

th m T ch m thy ways that I may b p


e . ea e ,
e re

s rv d from th chaos and guide m i n thy light


e e e ,
e .

L t m know 0 l i ght that it is thou who wilt


e e , ,

b my saviour
e I wi ll trust i n th for all my
. ee

tim Apply thys lf to my salvation 0 light


e . e , ,

for thy m rcy i s t rnal As to th t g e e e . e ra n s res

s i on which I hav committ d from th b gi n e e ,


e e

nin g through my i gnora c i mput it t to


,
n e, e no

m 0 l i ght but s v m i n thy gr t myst ry


e, ,
a e e ea e

th t mitt th sins b caus f thy g oodn ss


a re e ,
e e O e ,

0 l i ght for thou art good and r i ghteous 0


, ,

l i g ht For th i s caus w i ll [ th l i ght] show m


. e, e e

my p ath that I may be sav d from my trans


,
e

g i
ress o n ; d my pow rs wh
an i ch w r w ak n d e e e e e e

through f ar f th mat rial ma at i ons f Arro


e O e e e n O

g n t sh ll b coll ct d from th m b y its com


a ,
a e e e e ,

mandm nt My p ow rs which w r w ak n d
e . e ,
e e e e e

b c us of th s m rc i l ss on s shall b instructed
e a e e e e e e ,
e

in i ts gnosis ; for all th gnos s f th l ight e e O e a re


FI RS T BOOK . 79

m ans of salvation an d mysteri s for those who


e e

s k th r g ion of its inheritanc and its mys


ee e e e

t ie
er b caus of th myst ry of thy nam 0
s, e e e e e,

l ight R mit my transgr ssion for it is gr at


. e e ,
e .

Who v r trust th i n th l i ght to him will it giv


e e e e ,
e

the myst ry that it will ; and his soul shall b


e e

in th r gion f the light and his p ow r shall


e e O ,
e

have its portion in th tr asur of light ( 7 9 ) e e e .

It is th l ight which giveth pow r to th m that


e e e

b li v in it ; and th nam of its myst ry is


e e e e e e

w i th th m tha t trust in it It shall instruct


e .

th m conc rn i ng th r gion f the inh ritanc


e e e e O e e

which is i n th tr asur f light e e e O .


As for m I hav for v r trust d in thy

e, e e e e

l i ght for it is [ th light] wh i ch shall pr s rve


, e e e

my feet from th bonds of th darkn ss Giv e e e . e

h ed u to m 0 light and save m for th y


e n e, , e, e

hav taken my name from m in chaos B


e e . e

caus f all th manations my tri b ulations an d


e O e e ,

my afflict i on multipl i d xc dingly S ave


a re e e ee .

m from my transgression and from this dark


e

n ss and look upon th gri f f my affl i ction


e ,
e e O .

R mit my transgr ss i on
e Give h d to th e . ee e

rulers o f th tw lv ons who hav hat d me


e e e ae e e

through j alousy ; watch ov r my pow r d


e e e an

sav m L av m not to dw l l in this d rkness


e e . e e e e a ,

for I hav trust d in th 0 light Now t h r


e e ee , .
,
e e

for 0 light sav my p ow rs from th m na


e, , e e e e a

tions f A rogant wh r b y I am constrain d


O r , e e e .

80 PIS TI S S PH I A
O .

Now th r for h that is sob r l t him b e


,
e e e, e e ,
e

sob r e .

And wh n J sus had s p ok n th s things t


e e e e e o

his d i sc ip l s Thomas cam forward and said


e ,
e
°

Mast r I am sob r I am mor th n sob r and


e ,
e ,
e a e ,

my m ind i s qu i ck i n m d I r jo i c gr atly e, a n e e e

that thou hast r v al d th s th ings unto us e e e e e .

Now th r for I hav ndur d my br thr n


,
e e e, e e e e e

unto th i s mom nt for I h v f l t no wrath e ,


a e e

against th m but I hav ndur d that ach f


e ,
e e e e O

th m should com to th and xpound th i


e e ee e e h

t p t ti
er f th r p ntanc of Pi ti S oph i a
re a on O e e e e s s .

( )
8 0 N w th r for my Mast
o r conc
,
rnin g e e e, e ,
e

th int r p r tation
e e f th s v nth r p ntanc of
e O e e e e e e

Pi ti S o p hia thy l i ght pow r h th proph s i d


s s ,
-
e a e e

throu gh David th pro p h t i n th tw nty ,


e e ,
e e

fourth P s l m say i ng a ,


U nto th

0 lord h v I l i ft d up my
ee, ,
a e e

Th m o m soulas
My God I hav pl c d my .
,
e a e

fi finiizmh h rt th
th
0 l t
eam not b asham
in ee . e e e
re p c
en ta n
d d
e
l t not
e m n n m s
an mock e i e e e ie
f rom m
Psal ,

at m ; for whoso v r ho p th i n the e e e ee

shall not b sham d L t th m wh do e a e . e e o

in i quity without caus b sham d S how a e, e a e .

m thy p th 0 lord and t ach m thy ways


e a , , e e .

L ad m in th way f truth and t ach m for


e e e O ,
e e,

thou t my God and my savi our I will ho p


ar ,
. e

in th all th day long C all to r m m b ranc


ee e . e e e,

0 lord thy m rci s and thy loving kindn sse


,
e e ,
-
e s ,
82 PIS T I S S PH I
O A .

for I ho p d in th 0 lord God p r s rv


e ee .
,
e e e

Isra l from all h troubl s


e er e .

And wh n J sus had h ard th words f e e e e O

J
IUSSHSE H Thomas
G
IHh sa i d unto him W ll ,
e
: “
e

Th m o sai d Thom s ; it i s w ll Th i s i s th
as .
,
a e . e

in t rp r tatio of th s v nth r p ntanc of Pi ti


e e n e e e e e e s s

S ophia Am n m n I say unto you all th


. e ,
a e , , e

fam ili s of th world shall proclai m you b l ss d


e e e e

on th arth b caus I h v r v al d unto y


e e , e e a e e e e ou

th s th i ngs d that y hav r c iv d of my


e e ,
an e e e e e

s pi rit d h v
,
b com und rstand i ng d
an a e e e e an

spiritual com p r h nd ing that wh i ch I h sai d


, e e av e

unto you B eyond this I wi ll fill you w i th ll


.
,
a

th l ig ht d all th p ow r f th s p iri t in
e an e e O e ,

o rd r that y may und rst nd from th i s hour


e e e a

a ll th t shall b sa i d unto you and wh i ch y


a e ,
e

sh ll a Y t
see l i t tl wh i l and I w i ll t ll you
e a e e e

a ll that p rta i ns t th h i g ht from th e xt r i or o e e e e e

t o th int ri or and from th i nt ri or to th


e e ,
e e e

e xt ri or e .

And J sus cont i nu d i n his conv rs t i on and


e e e a ,

J u l d
es s sa i d unto h i s disc ipl s I t cam to
ea . e :

e
s hi a
5 p ass th r for wh n P t S o p h a had
th
$ 2
0 3 18 ,
e e e, e is is i
d utt r d h s v nth r p ntanc th in e
e e er e e e e e

ch os that altho gh th commandm nt a ,


u e e

had not com t m from th first e o e e

tery '
myst ry to s v h ( 83 ) and l d h e a e er, ea er

u p w rds i n th chaos n v rth l ss I f mys lf


a e ,
e e e e , ,
O e ,

in pity w i thout commandm nt I conduc t d h


,
e ,
e er
FI RS T BOOK . 83

into a r gion sligh tly l ss con fi n d in chaos And


e e e .

when th m terial manations f Arrogant s w


e a e O a

that I had con d uct d h into a r gion slightly e er e

l ss confin d in chaos they ceas d for a t i m to


e e . e e

constrai h think ing that h would b e tak n


n er, S e e

out f chaos ntir l y N w when this w s


O e e . o ,
a

done Pi ti S ophia kn w not that it was I who


, s s e

w asb ringing h h lp an d sh did not r cognise er e ,


e e

m at all b ut h continu d sing i ng a song to


e ,
s e e

th ligh t f the tr asur


e which h had s n o f
O e e, s e ee

O l d and in which she had trust d thinking that


, e ,

it was th light of truth d that it w


e , an as

b ecaus she had trusted in th li g ht which


e e

b long th to th truth of th tr asur that th r


e e e e e e, e e

for h had b n tak n up in th chaos and


e s e ee e e ,

h err p ntanc would b acc p t d B ut th


e e e e e e . e

commandm nt f th first myst ry was not y t e O e e e

fulfill d for h r p ntanc to b acc pt d


e er e e e e e e .

B ut h ark n whil I t ll you all things that


e e e e

happ n d unto Pi ti S ophia It cam h m


e e s s . e
T e e a

to pass wh n I had l d h t a r gion A i g f


,
e e er o e n a t on s o
rro an t

Slightly l ss confin d in chaos that th gm


e e , e ee se
i
f or e
e t0
emanat ons