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The Gospel Of Philip

Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Gnosis of Sacred Union
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Inner Traditions
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November, 2004
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9781594770227
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The mainstream position of the Christian church on sexuality was perhaps best summed up by Pope Innocent III (1160–1216) when he stated that “the sexual act is so shameful that it is intrinsically evil.” Another Christian theologian maintained that the “Holy Ghost is absent from the room shared by a wedded couple.” What Philip records in his gospel is that Christ said precisely the opposite: The nuptial chamber is in fact the holy of holies. For Philip the holy trinity includes the feminine presence. God is the Father, the Holy Ghost is the Mother, and Jesus is the Son. Neither man nor woman alone is created in the image of God. It is only in their relationship with one another—the sacred embrace in which they share the divine breath—that they resemble God.

Even the worldly embrace is a mystery;

Far more so, the embrace that incarnates the hidden union.

It is not only a reality of the flesh,

For there is silence in this embrace.

It does not arise from impulse or desire;

It is an act of will.

It is not of darkness, it is of light.

The Gospel of Philip is best known for its portrayal of the physical relationship shared by Jesus and his most beloved disciple, Mary of Magdala. Because it ran counter to the direction of the Church, which condemned the “works of the flesh,” Philip’s gospel was suppressed and lost until rediscovered at Nag Hammadi in 1947. Orthodox theologian Jean-Yves Leloup’s translation from the Coptic and his analysis of this gospel are presented here for the first time in English. What emerges from this important source text is a restoration of the sacred initiatic union between the male and female principles that was once at the heart of Christianity’s sacred mystery.

“For scholars and teachers alike, every page of this powerful text and fertile commentary opens profound new dimensions in the teachings of Jesus.” —Jacob Needleman, author of Lost Christianity

Also by Jean-Yves Leloup is The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

"The mainstream position of the Christian church on sexuality was perhaps best stated by Pope Innocent (1160-1216): ""The sexual act is so shameful that it is intrinsically evil."" The apostle Philip, however, records in his gospel that Christ said precisely the opposite: the nuptial chamber is in fact the holy of holies, the Holy Trinity includes a feminine presence in the Holy Spirit, and it is neither man nor woman but their sacred relationship that is created in the image of God."

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