A brand new translation and research of 1 of the main debatable of the apocryphal gospels

• Emphasizes an initiatic marriage among the female and male rules because the center of the Christian secret

• Bears witness to the actual dating shared through Jesus and Mary Magdalene

• Translated from the Coptic and analyzed via the writer of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (over 90,000 offered)

The mainstream place of the Christian church on sexuality used to be possibly most sensible summed up via Pope blameless III (1160-1216) while he said that “the sexual act is so shameful that it's intrinsically evil.” one other Christian theologian maintained that the “Holy Ghost is absent from the room shared by means of a wedded couple.” What Philip files in his gospel is that Christ stated exactly the contrary: The nuptial chamber is actually the holy of holies. For Philip the holy trinity comprises the female presence. God is the daddy, the Holy Ghost is the mum, and Jesus is the Son. Neither guy nor girl by myself is created within the picture of God. it's only of their dating with one another--the sacred embody during which they percentage the divine breath--that they resemble God.

The Gospel of Philip is better identified for its portrayal of the actual courting shared through Jesus and his such a lot cherished disciple, Mary of Magdala. since it ran counter to the course of the Church, which condemned the “works of the flesh,” Philip’s gospel was once suppressed and misplaced till rediscovered at Nag Hammadi in 1947. Orthodox theologian Jean-Yves Leloup’s translation from the Coptic and his research of this gospel are offered right here for the 1st time in English. What emerges from this crucial resource textual content is a recovery of the sacred initiatic union among the female and male rules that was on the center of Christianity’s sacred secret.

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InnerTraditions. com Copyright � 2003 by way of Éditions Albin Michel S. A. English translation copyright � 2004 by way of internal Traditions overseas initially released in France below the identify L’Évangile de Philippe by means of Albin Michel, 22, rue Huyghens, 75014 Paris First U. S. variation released in 2004 via internal Traditions All rights reserved. No a part of this booklet should be reproduced or used in any shape or in anyway, digital or mechanical, together with photocopying, recording, or through any info garage and retrieval process, with no permission in writing from the writer. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION information Evangile de Philippe. English & Coptic. The gospel of Philip : Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the gnosis of sacred union / Coptic translation and observation by means of Jean-Yves Leloup ; English translation through Joseph Rowe ; foreword by means of Jacob Needleman. —1st U. S. ed. p. cm. print ISBN: 978-1-59477-022-7 book ISBN: 978-1-59477-640-3 1. Gospel of Philip—Commentaries. 2. Gnosticism. I. Leloup, Jean-Yves. II. Rowe, Joseph, 1942– III. identify. 2004110340 digital version produced via ePubNow! www. epubnow. com www. digitalmediainitiatives.

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