The Gospel of Mary Magdalene


         (pp.1-6 missing) will matter then be [destroyed] or not?" The

    Savior said, "All natures, all formations, all creatures exist in and

    with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.

    For the nature of matter is resolved into (the roots of) its nature

    alone. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

    Peter said to him, "Since you have explained everything to us, tell us

    this also: What is the sin of the world?" The Savior said, "There is no

    sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the

    nature of adultery, which is called 'sin.' That is why the Good came

    into your midst, to the essence of every nature, in order to restore it

    to its root." Then he continued and said, "That is why you [become sick]

    and die, for [...] of the one who [...He who] understands, let him

    understand. [Matter gave birth to] a passion that has no equal, which

    proceeded from (something ) contrary to nature. Then there arises a

    disturbance in the whole body. That is why I said to you, 'Be of good

    courage, and if you are discouraged (be) encouraged in the presence

    of When the blessed one had said this, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace

    be with you. Receive my peace to yourselves. Beware that no one lead

    you astray, saying, 'Lo here!' or 'Lo there!' For the Son of Man is

    within you. Follow after him! Those who seek him will find him. Go

    then and preach the gospel of the kingdom. Do not lay down any rules

    beyond what I appointed for you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver

    lest you be constrained by it." When he had said this, he departed.

    But they were grieved. They wept greatly, saying, "How shall we go to

    the Gentiles and preach the gospel of the kingdom of the Son of Man? If

    they did not spare him, how will they spare us?" Then Mary stood up,

    greeted them all, and said to her brethren, "Do not weep and do not

    grieve nor be irresolute, for his grace will be entirely with you and

    will protect you. But rather let us praise his greatness, for he has

    prepared us (and) made us into men." When Mary said this, she turned

    their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the

    [Savior].Peter said to Mary, "Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than

    the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you

    remember--which you know (but) we do not nor have we heard them." Mary

    answered and said, "What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you." And

    she began to speak to them these words: "I," she said, "I saw the Lord

    in a vision and I said to him, 'Lord, I saw you today in a vision,' He

    answered and said to me, 'Blessed are you, that you did not waver at the

    sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the treasure.' I said to


    him, 'Lord, now does he who sees the vision see it {through} the soul

    {or} through the spirit?' The Savior answered and said, 'He does not see

    through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind which [is] between

    the two--that is [what] sees the vision and it is [...].' (pp.11-14

    missing)    ..."And desire said, "I did not see you descending, but now I see you

    ascending. WHy do you lie, since you belong to me?" The soul answered

    and said, "I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize me. I served

    you as a garment, and you did no know me." When it had said this, it

    went away rejoicing greatly. "Again it came to the third power,


    which is called ignorance. It (the power) questioned the soul,

    saying, "Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound.

    But you are bound; do not judge!" And the soul said, "Why do

    you judge me, although I have not judged?" I was

    bound, though I have not bound. I was not recognized. But I have

    recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly (things) an

    the heavenly."

"    When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and

    saw the fourth power, (which) took seven forms. The first form is

    darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the


    excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth

    is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom.

    These are the seven {powers} of wrath. They ask the soul, "Whence do

    you come, slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?"

    The soul answered and said, "What binds me has been slain, and what

    turns me about has been overcome, an my desire has been ended, and

    ignorance has died. In a (world) I was released from a world, and in

    a type from a heavenly type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is

    transient. From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of

    the season, of the aeon, in silence."

    When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point

    that the Savior had spoken with her. But Andrew answered and said to

    the brethren, "Say what you (wish to) say about what she has said. I

    at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these

    teachings are strange ideas." Peter answered and spoke concerning these

    same things. He questioned them about the Savior: "Did he really speak

    privately with a woman (and) not openly to us? Are we to turn about and

    all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?"

    Then Mary wept and said to Peter, "My brother Peter, what do you

    think? DO you think that I thought this up myself in my heart, or that


    I am lying about the Savior?" Levi answered and said to Peter, "Peter,

    you have always been hot-tempered. Now I see you contending against the

    woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are

    you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That

    is why he loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put

    on the perfect man, and separate as he commanded us and preach the

    gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the

    Savior said." When [...]and they began to go forth [to] proclaim and

    to preach.


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[The] Gospel

According to

Mary Magdalene

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